Old dresser facelift with rope handles- Taryn Brooke
Old dresser facelift with rope handles- Taryn Brooke
Old dresser facelift with rope handles- Taryn Brooke
Old dresser facelift with rope handles- Taryn Brooke

My mother in law found a dresser at a garage sale for $5 and gave it to me. My son Aiden has been wanting a rustic aquatic themed bedroom so I figured out a way to make the dresser fit that theme.  I took my before shot just after I took the old handles off and already puttied the damaged areas.....I was a little excited to start this project!

Old dresser facelift with rope handles- Taryn Brooke
Old dresser facelift with rope handles- Taryn Brooke

I de-glossed the dresser then sanded the main part of the dresser.

Old dresser facelift with rope handles- Taryn Brooke
Old dresser facelift with rope handles- Taryn Brooke

I stained the main part of the dresser Rustoleum Kona.

I drilled my holes for my drawers, I used the old handle width to gauge how big I wanted my handles. I did 4 holes per handle, top and bottom 1 inch apart and 4.5inches between and I made 2 handles per drawer. I painted the drawer faces a matte black. Then I polyurethaned  the drawer faces along with the whole main dresser. With a couple of rounds of poly and sanding I did the final coat of poly.

Old dresser facelift with rope handles- Taryn Brooke
Old dresser facelift with rope handles- Taryn Brooke
Old dresser facelift with rope handles- Taryn Brooke
Old dresser facelift with rope handles- Taryn Brooke

I got a roll of rope at Hobby Lobby for $5 + 40% coupon...$3! How thick the rope was is how I figured out how big I needed to make my holes before I painted the drawers. I cut off 2 chunks tied them together then fed the 4 pieces of rope threw the holes.

I tied the rope inside the drawer. I was surprised how it was not too snug or too loose. And they made super cheap at 30 cents per handle with tons of rope left over!

Old dresser facelift with rope handles- Taryn Brooke
Old dresser facelift with rope handles- Taryn Brooke
Old dresser facelift with rope handles- Taryn Brooke
Old dresser facelift with rope handles- Taryn Brooke

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