stinky dresser

Stinky Mid-Century Dresser Makeover

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that last month I bought this beautiful mid-century style dresser┬ásecond-hand on Varage Sale:

Stinky Dresser Purchase


My new-to-me dresser was exactly what I was looking for. It was beautiful and stylish but…there was a…smell.


I tried all the things – vinegar, coffee grinds, charcoal, oder absorbers, Fabreze. The smell improved but alas, did not disappear.


Have you ever had this happen? I was so frustrated. I didn’t want to give up the dresser, but I also didn’t want my clothes to take on this particular funk. So, my solution? Bullseye 1-2-3 primer.




Yup. I primed the entire inside of the dresser and the dresser drawers.


stinky dresser primer


The smell? G-O-N-E


stinky dresser paint


Primer is not the most exciting thing to look at so I took the opportunity to use some chalk paint that CeCe Caldwell generously sent me to liven up the inside of the drawers. The colour is called Kailua Coral.


stinky dresser peak


I painted the sides coral but left the bottoms unpainted and added some Con-Tact scented drawers liners (in clean cotton).


stinky dresser


I’m happy to say the dresser is in place, funk-free and the pop of coral is really fun.


You may wonder why I’ve put such a beautiful dresser inside a closet…well…I have a plan although it might take a while to come to fruition. One of my DIY wish list projects – am I the only one with a DIY wish list?


Stinky dresser makeover with primer and chalk paint

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