Lamp Black Dresser For Our Master Bedroom

I have been working on defining my design style and, keeping our tight budget in mind, I am slowly updating things to better reflect that style. Black painted rustic furniture has always appealed to me and is exactly the look I wanted for our bedroom dresser.

I used General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black. I plan to paint the walls white and eventually we will replace the worn carpeting.

The before photo shows this well used 1990's dresser with all its dings. I like this style and it is super solid with thick dovetailed drawers and dust liners. This dresser is on the wall opposite the foot of our bed and we put the flat screen TV on it temporarily. Yes, that is a large TV and we do have others in our home, but it is the perfect size for this glasses wearing girl and the family to pile on the bed and watch something. We will be moving the TV back into the nook to the left of this dresser now that the roof has been replaced and the leak fixed.

The previous hardware was antique brass, and while not a bad style (especially after I removed the plates from behind the knobs) I felt the dresser would benefit from some updated hardware. And paint. More than a few games of hockey with mini sticks has spilled over into our bedroom with our boys and their cousins.

I was going to go with black hardware but ended up falling for these knobs and cup pulls from Home Depot. The are Rochdale by Amerock in Satin Nickel.

The have an industrial look with the rivets and more utilitarian design. I really like how the satin nickel adds a bit of contrast. 

After a failed attempt (and a two hour drive) to pick up the co-ordinating General Finishes top coat I ended up using Varathane Diamond Wood Finish (water based) in Satin.

I will take a closer look at those rough spots on the top, it might need a light sand and third coat of finish. The door in this photo leads to our ensuite bath. The door handles will be changing to black levers like the ones I just replaced on our main floor.

There will be lots of white and neutrals in our master bedroom so it won't be too dark with the black dressers, I lightly distressed the edges in a few places.

I am thrilled with how this dresser turned out. The GF Milk Paint and Varathane were left over from other projects, so the cost of this update was $70 (Canadian) for the hardware. Now I need to decide what to put on the wall above the dresser. Right after I paint the whole room {sigh.}

It has been a very cold and snowy February here in southern Ontario and we have been working on lots of little projects in our free time. I made the decision to change my blog name after 5 years (more on that later), and buy rusticmaple.com. I still have lots to work on but if you see me around your comments, Pinterest or fb as Rustic Maple it's still me!

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  1. Great job on the dresser, Elizabeth. Can't wait to see the finished room. I thought I noticed a different name in my inbox. I like the new name...reminds me of home! ;O)

  2. Elizabeth, I love what you did to the dresser with the black lamp and new hardware. I have a similarly styled chest of drawers a friend gave me, and I want to do all but the top in black, distressed, and also change the hardware.
    Thanks for the heads up on your blog name change!
    Rita C at Panoply

  3. The dresser turned out lovely. I'm starting to do little garden projects just to get me in the mood for spring. I'm totally fed up with this frigid weather so I'm thinking seeds and projects that need repairing or finishing. Love the new name, will change my blogroll so it shows.

  4. I like the new name and love the new dresser. That was a lot of work! Well worth it and since you are trapped by winter a great project to work on.

  5. Nice new life for a dull dresser. Well done!

  6. Looks great painted black and love your choice of hardware.

  7. Oh yes! I love the black. Looks like a new piece of furniture.

  8. That's a great change to your dresser! I have a black dresser too. I love your new blog name too.

  9. Beautiful job Elizabeth! It always amazes me how paint can alter the look of almost anything! Love the hardware you chose as well, very sleek and current. That old '90's dresser never looked better I am sure! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful handywork at SYS and have a wonderful week.
    XO Barbara

  10. Love it, Elizabeth! The pulls are awesome!

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  12. You breathed new life into this dresser...it's beautiful. Love the black and the new hardware!
    Mary Alice

  13. Your dresser has a fresh new look with its new paint color and hardware! I'd love to change my blog name and give my blog a makeover too, if I had the time and actually knew what I was doing!

  14. Beautiful, Elizabeth! I love the update of this solid piece with the black paint. I like this look, too. You got a great "new" dresser and stayed within your budget. Nice makeover!

  15. Very nice job, thank you! I like your pulls and knobs, could you tell me is overall length of them: 4-9/16 in. (116mm) or 5-5/16 in. (135mm)?


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