Just a Good Ol’ Revamp…

It has been forever since I have done a big revamp.
It felt good!  I love seeing shanty turn chic :-)!!
I recently received this beautiful dresser from my in-laws.  I loved everything about it!  It has beautiful lines, WORKING drawers and perfect old hardware.  She just needed a little revamp.
I did sand the top a bit just to smooth it out a bit.  I didn’t prime it first but I did use Valspar’s new paint that is mixed with primer.  I notice a huge difference in this paint and the original Valspar.  It goes on so much thicker and seems very durable.
I removed all the drawers and removed the hardware.  I then painted everything with 2 coats of my perfect off-white.  It is a Valspar color called Ivory Lace.  It matches my trim, and I LOVE it!
Finally, I sanded my edges up a bit and topped everything with 2 thin coats of Polycrylic.  I prefer Polycrylic to Polyurethane because it doesn’t yellow over time and it’s not near as strong in smell so I don’t feel bad doing it inside!
Here are the results…
What do you think??  I thought the hardware was perfect so I didn’t change a thing there! Doesn’t a good revamp feel so good???
This dresser is going in my girls’ room.  I have one bed totally finished, painted and put together.  I bought all my wood for bed number 2 today and should have it finished in a day or so!! Whoooop!
Can’t wait to show you guys!!
Make sure to check out Silhouette’s great SHANTY sale they have going on through the 22nd by clicking HERE!
Happy Thursday :-)!!

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  1. Julie on July 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I am refinishing an old nightstand. I need the code for the blonde colored dresser you revamped. This is the perfect color.How can I get it.

  2. Meghan Meehan on February 17, 2012 at 7:49 am


    Beautyful job, I am getting ready to do some revamping myself. I need the paint code!!!!! How did you apply the paint?


  3. Jocelyn on October 15, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    LOVE the color. Could I please have the paint code?!?! I’ve been looking for the perfect white for some furniture of mine….and this is IT!!!! And how did you paint it? Thank you so much! Jocelyn

  4. [email protected] on April 20, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Please send me the code for the paint i LOVE the color!

  5. [email protected] Decorating on April 11, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Love that dresser! The hardware is perfect and I really like the color. Can’t wait to see what you do with those beds!

  6. [email protected] Black's Best on April 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    This is beautiful…your finish is gorgeous!

    • Shanty2Chic on April 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      Thanks so much!! 🙂

  7. Terry Moore on April 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    A truly beautiful piece of furniture in it’s new coat of color! Love the lines too.

  8. Lynda on April 11, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Revamp looks fantastic and that hardware is A-MAZING!!

    😀 Lynda

  9. Jules on April 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Just found your blog the other day – love it! I would love to have the color code and how you painted it – sprayer, brush, roller?

  10. Melissa at HOUSEography on February 7, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Adorable! Cannot believe I never stumbled across your blog before! Love it!


  11. Jantz & Ab on February 5, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    First time to your blog…I'm hooked! I love repurposing furniture, and now I'm super inspired to paint some antique dressers I've been contemplating doing something with. What's your preferred method for the dresser: brush, roll, or spray?
    I've done brush on the past few, thinking about trying a new approach. [email protected]

  12. vkpicasso on January 30, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    You did a wonderful job! The dresser looks just beautiful. I have a desk I want to redo but am not sure how to paint it. How did you apply the paint and polycrylic? Paint brush, roller, sprayer? Thanks for sharing.
    [email protected]

  13. Victoria on January 25, 2011 at 12:51 am

    it's beautiful, and the hardware is gorgeous! Wow, nice job!

  14. Jenny on January 24, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Wow! That looks amazing. Love the color and the shantying you did on it!

  15. Caylee @ Domesticity Evolving on January 24, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Love the dresser! I'm in the middle of a furniture painting dilemma at my house. Do you spray, roll, or brush your paint on?

  16. [email protected] on January 23, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Beautiful love the drawer pulls

  17. Amber Meadows on January 22, 2011 at 4:02 am

    Wow – so pretty! I love it!!

  18. Jill Elaine on January 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I LOVE it! And I'm with you – I love a good revamp:) We are currently at the drywall finishing stage of my 12 year olds bedroom. CANNOT wait to put the decor touches on this one!!
    Can't wait to see the beds you are making. Can't imagine. My hubby wouldn't let me touch his tools:) But he makes stuff for me so I'm not complaining:)

  19. Erin on January 21, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Holy schmoly!! Just something you whipped up between a dental visit and picking up the kids, Eh?? You are a force of nature. Love it, love you. Lots of love here.

  20. thefarmprincess on January 21, 2011 at 3:03 am

    This is gorgeous!! Your blog inspires me so much.

  21. Heidi on January 20, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I've been seeing a lot of these "curvy" dressers on Craigslist lately. This looks so cute the way you finished it off!

  22. Pam - diy Design Fanatic on January 20, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    What a beautiful dresser! Your new finish looks fantastic!

  23. One Life Many Journeys on January 20, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    The white makes the lines show up so much better. I would love to have the color code. You did not use a glaze, right? Thanks,

  24. Shelly on January 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Beautiful results! What fabulous curves AND drawer pulls. 🙂

  25. Chateau Chic Boutique on January 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Hi Whitney!
    I love the dresser makeover! Thank you so much for the tip about the Polycrylic. I never seal anything because of the yellowing, I'm glad there's a solution, thank you! Because of your advice and inspiration, I wanted to let you know I got a Silhouette for Christmas – so excited – but a little overwhelmed at getting started yet. I'm heading on over to the Shanty sale to check out the deals.
    Have a super blessed weekend girlie!

  26. Corinna on January 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    This is absolutely GORGEOUS! 🙂

  27. allyo on January 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    It's beautiful! Since stumbling upon your website over the Christmas break, my mind has been on overdrive with revamping and doing crafts. Being a mother of three under three and teaching full time, I can't keep up with all the projects that my mind is coming up with! I love your blog and can't wait until summer time so that I can start on some of these projects!!

  28. The DG Family on January 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    That looks incredible! You are right, the hardware fit perfectly no change needed there. Thanks for the polycrylic tip, I didn't know that there was another option out there. 🙂

  29. Erin A on January 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Yummy!!! It looks just gorgeous! Great great job. I love that the dark wood peeking out on the edges allowed to you to not have to glaze it for the antique look-perfect!


  30. Nicole on January 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I totally just had a Toy Story 1 Alien toy moment. "Ooooooohhhhhh!!" My husband asked me to repeat myself, haha. GORGEOUS revamp!! Seriously, I think this is the best I have seen. Beautiful. Great job.

  31. Jennifer on January 20, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    LOVE it. That dresser reminds me of my moms old one from when I was a kid.

  32. Karyn on January 20, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Fantastic makeover ! You have just inspired me to get into a piece I am waiting to do.

  33. Sherryd on January 20, 2011 at 8:55 am

    You did a great job, it turned out lovely! I really like the color.

  34. liz on January 20, 2011 at 6:28 am

    it looks fabulous I would love to have the paint code too, you did an awesome job!!!!

  35. Suzanne on January 20, 2011 at 6:25 am

    That is gorgeous! Isn't it amazing how you can see all the lines so much better with it painted white. I love everything about it!

  36. Stacey on January 20, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Love, Love, Love that paint color! I have a console table that needs a bit of updating. I would also like the paint code and would also like to know what you used to paint it (brush, roller, sponge roller)? [email protected]

  37. Kelsey on January 20, 2011 at 5:01 am

    It turned out gorgeous! I absolutely adore that color and would love the paint code! I'm planning on painting two pieces that I've been searching for the perfect white! My email is alschic07(at)yahoo(dot)com

  38. [email protected] House of Projects on January 20, 2011 at 4:20 am

    Looks great! I just love creamy white painted furniture!

  39. [email protected] House of Projects on January 20, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Looks great! I just love creamy, painted furniture.

  40. Carmel @ Our Fifth House on January 20, 2011 at 4:05 am

    Love the color! So pretty!

  41. Court on January 20, 2011 at 4:02 am

    Love the lighter color, it shows off her beautiful detail so much better 🙂

  42. tracyp on January 20, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Oh how I wish I had the patience. My husband did one dressor and two nightstands with spray paint and I love them, except we got to lazy to coat it so it shantys itself nicely. One day I'll do it again.

  43. Infarrantly Creative on January 20, 2011 at 3:41 am

    Creamy loveliness. Way better than its darker older sister 😉

  44. Sheree on January 20, 2011 at 3:40 am

    Just beautiful! I would love to have the code to that paint color!! I bought a desk last yr. that looks identical to that! Would love to paint it!! Thanks for the inspiration!!
    [email protected]

  45. Miss Obara on January 20, 2011 at 3:35 am

    I want in-laws like that! I am on the hunt for a new old dresser for my daughters room…love how yours turned out!

  46. Christine on January 20, 2011 at 3:19 am

    What a stunning dresser! Those handles are awesome! Great job 🙂

  47. Debbie on January 20, 2011 at 3:03 am

    I LOVE it. What a difference the paint made. Looks amazing! The girls room is going to look beautiful.

  48. Pine Tree Home on January 20, 2011 at 2:57 am

    I am prepping myself to being painting my bedroom furniture. This totally is getting me motivated. I'd love to know the paint code. The primer in one sounds enticing because I am an impatient gal. Did you notice a longer dry time?

  49. barneyn on January 20, 2011 at 2:50 am

    amazing! looks great!!

  50. Jaime on January 20, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Whitney this dresser is beautiful and the light color really makes the curves on the drawer sections pop and of course the distressing is perfect. Job well done.

  51. Shelia on January 20, 2011 at 2:45 am

    Wow! I just love this! You made this piece so gorgeous! You're good!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  52. Comeca Jones on January 20, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Lovely redo!!

  53. Jamie @ Happy House, Happy Home on January 20, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Oh my gosh! Sooooooo beautiful! You did an amazing job… I would love a dresser like that. And what fabulous inlaws you have!

  54. Blessed Mommy of 2 on January 20, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Beautiful! LOVE the color =) Can't wait to see your bed reveal as well!

  55. Shannon Bogan on January 20, 2011 at 2:36 am

    It's GORGEOUS!!! I would love the paint code. Also how did you paint? Sprayer, brush, roller, etc.? Thanks!

  56. [email protected] on January 20, 2011 at 2:35 am

    it's beautiful! I love how much better you can see the lines and all it's beauty painted white!

  57. Chris on January 20, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Soooo pretty! It's a brand new piece of furniture. Love it!

  58. Kara on January 20, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Gorgeous dresser! Cant wait to see the beds. You are wonderwoman!

  59. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. on January 20, 2011 at 2:27 am

    What a gorgeous dresser and you made it so much better! Love it!

  60. [email protected] Beneath My Heart on January 20, 2011 at 2:25 am

    I love the way it turned out! It looks great! It's amazing what some paint can do. 🙂

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