White Lacquer Bamboo Dresser

April 15, 2016

White Lacquer Bamboo Dresser


Every once in awhile, I’ll find myself scouring Craigslist for those elusive diamonds in the rough. This particular day, I majorly scored. I bought a pair of vintage Thomasville Bamboo dressers and a matching cane back chair (more on that make-over another day.) This DIY make-over is one of my favorites – the result is stunning and it only took an afternoon.

IMG_5782The dressers were in great condition and had all their original hardware, but the finish was outdated, and I wanted to freshen them up. I considered painting this one a deep navy blue, but decided to go with a neutral since I have a lot of color elsewhere in the room. I’m always changing things around, so this was more practical. You can see how drab it looks below.


I am all about saving money, but there are times when investing in quality products not only improves the outcome and makes it look professional, but it can also save you tons of time along the way. For this project, I insist on investing in a good paint – my favorite is the Behr Marquee (which I also used for this DIY), and for this project I used ‘Silky White’. I looked at my paint chips, and this was the perfect balance of clean without being too harsh. The brush is also key, as it can do most of the work for you if you pick the right one. I like the brand Wooster, and their “shortcut” line of brushes are fantastic.

What you will need:

  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Sand paper
  • 2 rags
  • Gilding wax
  • Soap & water

The first step was to remove the hardware and thoroughly clean the dresser – I used mild dish soap and a scrub brush to get out any of the dirt in nooks and crannies. After it dried, I took a fine grit sandpaper and roughed up the entire surface, making sure to smooth out any areas where the original paint had chipped.


I used a damp rag to remove all the dust and let it dry. Then the fun began! I applied two coats, allowing to dry between applications. While the paint was drying, I applied the gilding wax to the hardware. Gilding wax can be found at most craft & hobby stores. I talked about it in a previous post, and I wasn’t lying – I use it on almost every DIY I work on. Using a rag, I simply rubbed the wax onto the hardware until I achieve the desired gilding effect I was going for.


Once everything was dry and the hardware was attached, this was the final product!

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I couldn’t be happier with how this turned out. Now to decide what to do with the second one!

XX – Kate, Wynn & Roo

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