Beth Motta Design & Marketing

Refinished Children’s Bureau

I was so excited when I found this antique children’s bureau at a yard sale. I actually left to think about it and immediately drove back, cause I knew it would be perfect for my two-year-old, and I was afraid it would be gone! The dresser was 70-years-old and the original owners kept it in great condition, however it needed some modernizing.


Children's Antique Bureau


 The drawer pulls:

Decoupage Drawer Pulls

The Refnished Children’s Bureau:

 Children's Refinished Bureau

The patient process:

Time: About a week (spread out the steps)

Cost: $40 for the Bureau; $59 for primer, paint, doorknobs and a new brush; The rest of the supplies were already on hand (varnish remover, fabric, modge podge)

Basic Steps:

  1. Removed the door and knobs.
  2. I used 5f5 paint and varnish remover first, but this time just used a cloth to remove the varnish (it wasn’t that heavy).
  3. Lots of sanding on this one… bureau one day, drawers the next.
  4. This time I used Glidden primer first and then painted over with a Glidden satin finish paint.
  5. I bought wooden knobs decoupaged fabric onto them using lustre modge podge.
  6. Reassembling knobs back onto bureau, and door

See also how I refinished this antique school desk!

Vintage School Desk

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Beth is the owner, lead designer and developer of BMD&M. Beth blogs about design, development and DIY projects. When she's not blogging, she teaches as an adjunct instructor at a local college. Beth also tweets for BMD&M.

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