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Painting a 1960s Faux Bamboo Thomasville Dresser

Before and After: My 1960s Bamboo Dresser

Perusing a thrift store in San Francisco recently, I stumbled upon this 1960s faux bamboo dresser by Thomasville . . . on sale for only $69! Not only was its price unbelievable — today a Thomasville dresser retails for $1000-$2000 — but it was love at first sight. Hollywood Regency is so my style! It also offered lots of storage, and its length made it a perfect fit for my entry hall, where I was in desperate need of a console table. The only trouble was that its retro mustard color had to go. I'm sure someone could pull it off, but that hue was not for me. The tabletop also had a terrible white laminate that was beyond dated. So into the car the dresser went, and my next stop was the paint shop!
Want to see how I turned this retro dresser into something ravishing?

I'd recently become smitten with the color persimmon, and picked up a pair of throw pillows accented with the reddish orange hue for my living room. I also wanted to paint the dresser a lively color that would pop against my foyer's oyster-colored walls. So, I chose a persimmon-esque swatch, Benjamin Moore's Starburst Orange, pretty much on a whim.

I chose a semi-gloss finish to give it a little shine, and had the store clerk tint my primer to make the process a little speedier. Most of the dresser needed two coats of primer and one coat of semi-gloss to top it off, but the slick laminate needed a bit more primer. As for the hardware, I kept them as-is, white with a bit of patina. I love the contrast of the white drawer pulls against the rich orange, and I think it gives it a bit of a tropical look.

What do you think? Like it? Have you done any of your own painting or decorating projects lately? Be sure to post photos and tales in the Su Casa group!

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