Two Toned Painted & Stained Dresser

I finally finished a project this weekend and couldn’t wait to share it with you!
I am working on updating my son’s room and giving him more organization and a more “big boy” look and feel. If you’ve been around a while, you might remember his pirate room on a budget that we did when he was three. It was bland and boring, even for me, the lover of all things “simple.”
The new room will have more of an overall industrial feel, with a little Star Wars thrown in for good measure, (and to please the kid).
The first project I decided to work on was the dresser. This where a lot of his toys are stored, since we have a built in dresser in the closet.
Just for fun, here’s a before shot of the dresser:
I’m really pleased with how it turned out, even if the stain didn’t cover quite the way I’d envisioned.
First, I sanded the drawers with the palm sander I bought just for this project.
Can I just stop here for a moment to profess my love for power tools? Seriously big, giant, inflated, puffy heart LOVE. I don’t care if it’s a drill or a hand sander or a table saw, I’m. in. love. Now I need some pink safety glasses
Anyway, back to the dresser…
I sanded down to the wood. Disclaimer – this is the first time I’ve used a power sander so I’m not sure I did it exactly right.
I rubbed on Minwax stain in Weathered Grey, and wiped it off immediately, but a couple of drawers came out a bit splotchy. I tried to even it out but that just didn’t work. I’m ok with it though. I kind of like how it came out.
The dresser color is “Wet Cement” by Behr. It took two coats to cover the blue stripes on the top but the rest covered in just one coat.
The silver handles on the dresser are from Target.
I’ve got several elements left to finish, but I’m hoping to be able to show it to you in a couple of weeks!
Dresser vignette: 
Mirror – Target half off clearance $11.98
Lamp: Target clearance $13.98
Lego Storm trooper clock: Toys R Us $27.99 (purchased with TRU Rewards Dollars)
**UPDATED – To see the whole room, click on the photo below!

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  1. says

    Looks great so far! Can’t wait to see the rest – what a lucky little boy!

    One thing that might help next time you stain something… wood conditioner. Minwax makes a great one that dries quickly so it won’t delay your staining time too much…

  2. says

    Kristen, I absolutely love your style. It would never occur to me to put that lamp and night clock on an antiqued kind of dresser. The look is SO FANTASTIC. You inspire me to look OUTSIDE THE BOX.

  3. says

    Love it! The grey stain looks awesome, I really like the splotchiness of it. Next time if you don’t want it uneven try a wood conditioner first (I learned this the hard way when I refinished the floors in our first house :)) but I love the way it turned out!

  4. says

    What dresser? All I noticed was that LEGO clock. That thing is wicked cool :)
    Austin would dig it.

    Back to the dresser, I did notice. lol. Looks great! I love the finish. Perfect for your guys room.

    You nailed it :)

  5. says

    I really LOVE what you did with the dresser. The colors and stain are both right on. I’m glad I stopped by your blog today!

    Take care,

  6. says

    Love that! Great finish done in a way you don’t see every day…perfect for a boy’s room. And I love the rustic/industrial/star wars look–I think that style’s really going to take off 😉

  7. says

    Oh my heck, Kristin…this is absolutely gorgeous!!! I’ve been neglecting my home for months, but this makes me want to start working at it again…what a gorgeous change!!!

  8. says

    This is such a well done transformation… and very nice for a growing boy! I am so impressed that you sanded the drawers down to the bare wood and then stained it. I think it came out perfectly!

  9. says

    I think it looks great even though it didn’t turn out the way you had hoped. Most of them end up being the best anyway:) He room looks amazing! I bet he loves his new room.

    Visiting from DIYShowoff and a new follower.

  10. says

    Looks great! Love the “industrial” edge. I do a ton of wood finishing and thoughtt worked in your favor this time. If next time this isn’t what you want, then make sure you sand evenly down to the raw wood. If any dark shades of the former stain remain,
    you will get the uneven color. Start with a 60-80 grit, then 150 and finish with a 220 grit. The others mentioned pre-stain conditioner and this will help blotchiness before you stain. Especially woods like Fir and oak. Hope this helps!

  11. Karen says

    Hi Kristen!

    After reading your blog i was so much more inspired! Now I am ready to revamp two bedside tables for my son that have been sitting in our basement since spring that I had picked up from a thrift store. I’m tempted to tackle his bed after what you have done. I love the industrial look you gave. I have located the color “wet cement by Behr”, but the only minwax I see is called weathered oak or classic gray? You had mentioned you used weather gray…Was it discontinued?

    Thank you,
    Loganville, GA

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