Black Painted Dresser with Brilliant Gold Accents


If you were here last week, you’ll remember I found a couple free roadside dressers.  I shared the first one last week – painted blue and embellished with stencils and transfers and lots of gold.

For this second one, I wanted to keep it a bit simpler.  And what is simpler than black with gold accents?  So classic and dramatic and beautiful!

black painted dresser before

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Foot Repair with Plastic Wood

As so often is the case with old dressers, one of the feet was broken.  I used a hardware store item called Plastic Wood to recreate the missing portion of the foot.

After sticking a blob of it to the broken spot, I molded it into shape.  To create the indents, I used a paint can opener tool, but you could use any small object.

Once it was dry, I sanded lightly.  This product and technique worked perfectly!

dresser foot repair

Caviar Black Chalk Paint

Even though the previous white paint job had many imperfections, I didn’t strip or sand this piece to bare wood.  If you’re a perfectionist, you’ll want to do so to ensure the smoothest possible finish.

I’m okay with a little imperfection, and black covers and camoflauges some flaws as well.  I chose Caviar because I’ve always wanted to do a French Provincial dresser black.  It’s so striking!

I painted 2 coats of Caviar.  If I’d had Silk Anchor on hand, I could have used that and then I wouldn’t have needed a top coat.

black painted dresser top

Magnolia Garden Transfer

This transfer comes with 4 sheets of individual magnolia flowers, cotton stems and a little butterfly.  They don’t make one big picture like some transfers do, so you can place and combine them however you like.

When I’m doing this, I go for balance rather than symmetry. That way it’s interesting, but still pleasing to the eye.

To apply the transfer, you peel off the white backing and rub it onto the surface with the little stick provided with the transfer. 

If you’re going over curves, just go slowly and adhere in each crevice before moving on to the next one.  If your transfer crosses over the drawer edge to the frame, cut with an exacto knife where the drawer needs to open.

black painted dresser right side

Gemstone Mousse

This has quickly become one of my favorite products.  If you love brilliant gold, you need to get your hands on some!

The mousse settles, so make sure you stir it really well before use.  You can also mix it with some sealer to have it dry faster.  I didn’t do that, but it’s a really good tip.

Using a small artist brush and lots of patience, I outlined the drawer panels, the top and the legs.  This is just 1 coat.

black painted dresser front angle

Sealed with Satin

Lastly, I sealed it with 2 coats of Satin clear coat.  Since I couldn’t salvage enough original hardware for this piece, I found these modern sleek gold handles at Hobby Lobby.

Normally I much prefer the vintage stuff, but I gotta say those new handles finished this piece off perfectly.

black painted dresser pin

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4 thoughts on “Black Painted Dresser with Brilliant Gold Accents”

  1. That black is stunning. I do like the new handles. Now you can reuse the old ones on a different project down the road at least. Thanks for sharing your furniture makeovers each week. I always learn something new. #HomeMattersParty

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Donna! Yes, I can’t tell you how many times it has saved me to have extra vintage hardware on hand. I’m glad you find my tutorials helpful; thanks so much for hosting!!

  2. Maria says:

    I love reading your tutorials. You give me the confidence to move forward with new products and new projects. A beautiful transformation. Thank you !

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Maria! I’m so happy to hear they are helpful to you. Thanks for your encouraging words! xo, Shannon

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