Industrial Metal Look Dresser

industrial dresser right

Taking a break from all the table makeovers I’ve been sharing, I have a chest of drawers today!  This makeover was part of a room remodel we did for my 13-year old son, Jack.  His old bedroom was still pretty little boy-ish with a pirate theme, so it was time (if not a little past due!). 

oak dresser before

It’s kind of hard decorating for a teenage boy!  He chose a navy and gray color scheme, but didn’t really have a clear idea of what else he wanted.  We are still without wall décor, but at least he has a couple of fish tanks, so they add a little color and personality.

That said, I thought a little industrial touch would be nice.  I watched this tutorial   from Crys’Dawna at Bella Renovare on how to do a paint finish that looks like metal, and pretty closely followed it to achieve this look.

industrial metal dresser front

Here’s the short list of supplies I used.

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Hurricane Gray Base Coat

My father-in-law built this dresser for my husband as a little boy, so no pressure changing it up!  First, I gave it a good cleaning with white lightning, rinsed with clean water and let it dry.  Then, using my favorite synthetic “mini” brush, I painted 2 coats of Hurricane Gray. 

industrial metal dresser

Best Dang Wax in Black

You can use a large brush or a lint-free rag to apply wax.  Dixie Belle waxes are water-based, so you use them at any point in your project.  You don’t have to make sure “wax is last” like the olden days.

I applied the black wax liberally with a brush, and then wiped it back with a cloth.  It settled in the lower areas, and created the color variation you see.

Silver Gilding Wax

The last step was to add a little Sterling Silver gilding wax.  I used the same brush I had used for the black wax, and applied it mainly around the edges, but a little on the large flat areas too.

industrial dresser hardware

By the way, we put a sliding barn door on his closet.  I stained it with Voodoo gel stains in Tobacco Road, Up in Smoke and Black Magic and sealed it with Clear Coat in Flat.  I love the rustic look of barn doors!  It combines well with industrial style too.

barn door


To complete the industrial look, I added these nickel cup pulls from Ace Hardware.  I was honestly lukewarm on them at first.  But once they were installed, they really finished the piece off perfectly. 

What do you think? Does the paint job look like brushed metal?  If you liked this project, you might enjoy these projects too:

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industrial metal dresser before after

21 thoughts on “Industrial Metal Look Dresser”

    • Hi. First time here. I love CrysDawna’s work and I love how you did this. I’m working on an apothocary style dresser and I think this is what I want it to look like. I don’t think I have enough Hurricane Gray though. I wonder what it would look like mixed with Hurricane Gray or Driftwood? Thank you for the inspiration and I will for sure go watch her video.

      • Hi Cheryl!
        I think any gray base will work; the end result may be a little lighter, but you can always do more black wax if you want it darker. I’d love to see your end result if you want to share!


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