4.08.2010

Dresser Refinish - Tutorial

I have always loved to refinish furniture. Maybe its because I love to take something no one wants and make it something people love & want to have. Or maybe its because I love to create & get covered in paint but whatever the reason I love it.

Maybe there are a few of you that have never tackled furniture. Since I like to believe its only because you don't know where to began I figured I would show you how.
 
This past week I found this great dresser for $25 bucks!  Ok maybe she doesn't look great now but her lines were perfect, and I knew she would be great. 
Ok fine she was VERY rough
Missing hardware
Scary stuff in her drawers... ick.

So here's what I did:
Step 1: CLEAN, wipe down every nook & cranny.
Step 2: Remove all hardware.

Step 3: Sand, I started with a 50 grit, then once all the hard enamel is off I switched to 120 to make sure the finish was very soft & smooth.

Step 4: Once you have the surface good as sanded, wipe down with a clean damp rag to remove any dust.

Note: This dresser was hard to sand down to the bare bones due to it being part laminate. However, I wanted a paint that would last for ages so I picked a Oil Based Enamel. . (which has a bonus of no priming needed)
This paint is awesome you can use it for indoor or outdoor furniture and it goes on super smooth.

Tip: Make sure you use the correct brush
(ie: for oil based paint use a brush made for oil based paints)

Step 5: Brush on your first coat of paint, don't try to lay it on too thick you will have another coat for coverage.

Step 6: Let it dry (5 hours if you used latex, overnight for oil based like mine)

Step 7: Paint a second coat, This time be sure to get all sides of the dresser.

Step 8: Let it dry

Step 9: Tape off the ouside edge of each dresser (This is only if you want to paint the inside of the drawers if not you can skip ahead to Step 12) 

Remember this "Oops" paint from my night stand makeover? Well here is where the last 1/2 of the can was used.

Step 10: Paint TWO coats of a glossy finish inside your drawers letting them FULLY dry in between each coat.

This is what mine looked like....

Step 11: Take off the tape while your second coat is drying ( I have found that this will help prevent the tape from peeling off your paint).

Optional Step: Distress the wood - Go over all the edges / corners that would normally get a lot of wear.

Step 12 (optional): Use a extra smooth brush and go over the entire peice of furniture with a coat of Polyurethane. This will seal your furniture and make it stronger against nicks & stains.

Then Step back and admire your hard work!


Just for fun how about a few side by side shots?

Before

After

Before

After


What do you think?





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39 comments:

  1. It looks so easy when you do it!!!

    However, as I read your almost-daily tales of furniture salvation and craft projects, I am faced with one obvious thought...

    What on earth do you do with it all?!?!? I feel like you have re-finished more furniture in the last two months than I have in my entire house...dressers, nightstands, patio chairs, some lamps...like a whole warehouse full of stuff!!!

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  2. Too funny, we actually this dresser was bought for my girlfriend. So by Saturday it will be out of the garage making room for another project (new dining chairs) oops guess I spilled the beans!

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  3. Beautiful job! I'm on the lookout for a piece for our dining room but no luck yet. That dresser does have great lines.

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  4. Love the interior painted blue - nice choice! Dropping by from The Inspired Room. Come see what has inspired me in Blog Land, and don't forget our giveaway ends Saturday night - so be sure to register at AtticMag!

    Allison

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  5. WOW....great job!
    Stopped by from Inspired Room.

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  6. I seriously bought the night stand that goes with this dresser a few months ago and have been looking on Craigslist and in every thrift store for the rest of the set! These are great pieces and the lines and structure are fabulous! Great work!

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  7. Karen, you can also try bookoo.com its similar to craigslist, sometimes there are great finds there too!

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  8. this looks awesome. love the color combo and the drawer pulls. and the shape. yep, not much i don't love about it. totally jealous!

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  9. oooh I do like this! great job!

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  10. I truly love this. Black is always fab and the turquoise drawers mean more work but I like that unexpected surprise and sense of fun. I takes the piece to a whole new level.
    Pamela

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  11. I love that your two projects featured on Remodelaholics have that robin's egg (or Tiffany?) blue on the interior of the drawers. It never occurred to me to worry about the interior color, and it is just a great feature.

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  12. The blue interior is to die for, I definately want to copy this on my dresser!

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  13. Love it! I actually want it for my bedroom. If I find a dresser to redo I'll send you a picture of the final product!

    Thanks for the tutorial :)

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  14. Here is the matching vanity to your dresser - now you will have to refinish this one =)

    http://houston.craigslist.org/fuo/1689709439.html

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  15. Looks fantastic, great job. Congrats.

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  16. Absolutely gorgeous ! I have never used that enamel product, thanks for introducing me ! Can I use this in my next roundup? I love it !

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  17. Censational Girl... of course you inspire me so much I would love for you to use it in your next roundup (makes me feel super special)!

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  18. I love your tutorial. Just have 2 questions..did you sand the top which looks like formica or laminate and how did you destress the wood?
    Thanks

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  19. oh, one more question, have you ever refinished furniture that was all vineers? And some of it was peeling off? I thought of wood putty to even it out before painting...
    Thanks
    Chris

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  20. Chris: Yes I did sand the top, but with a 120 grit just enough to rough up the surface so the new paint would stick. As far as it peeling, if I was you I would try to first glue it down. You might be able to pull it off then use putty but I would figure it would be VERY hard to get it to look right.

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  21. love it! I think i had that EXACT same dresser growing up (and the desk and bed to match!) i wonder if it's still at my mom's house!

    Great job!

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  22. Love the idea of painting the inside of the drawers! I'm in the process of making over our family room area and will be re-finishing an entry table.... think I'll paint the inside of the drawer a vibrant color to go with my palette! Thanks!

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  23. Holy cow! Can I hire you for my next project? Seriously girl, you've got this task down to an art. I imagine you have a lot more patience than I! I also cannot comment without mentioning the turquoise drawers... LOVELY. Well done.

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  24. Love the kick of blue inside, this is so cool!

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  25. Fantastic tutorial! Bookmarking for future projects. Ive been intimidated to do something like this, but youve inspired me!

    Thanks for linking up to my Pajama Party! Please join me next week again =)

    ~Ela

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  26. You inspire me yet again. Your tutorials are so simple to understand and I love the unexpected punch of color with those drawers.
    yep inspired inspired inspired. :0
    Pam @ beColorful

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  27. What do I think? I think it's gorgeous! Great tutorial too! Thanks so much for linking in the DIY Project Parade! I'm going to include a link in tomorrow's highlights! Please stop by and grab an "I'm Featured" button if you'd like! ;)

    Roeshel

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  28. Totally painting the inside of my drawers now. Dresser drawers that is ;-)

    what a great job!

    -dani

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  29. Love it, love it!! The turquoise in the drawers looks so awesome! Just linked over from The Picket Fence Party, I'm now following your great site. So happy I found it :)
    ~Mary
    www.thecraftygals.blogspot.com

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  30. I think it looks AWESOME!! Great job.

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  31. I love the finished product. You are very creative!
    I have the same exact dresser, same color, everything, but only has 3 drawers, and I'm stealing your design, sorry, haha :)

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  32. I was at a garage sale today and a woman tried to sell me that EXACT dresser for $50! I took the tall and narrow cousin instead, for $25, and went with lime green with white drawers. I never have enough patience to wait so long...luckily it's a windy day.

    Good stuff and thanks for sharing!

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    1. Rosie, I'd love to see photos!

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  33. So excited to find this on Pinterest...I too have a laminate topped dresser set that needs some TLC but I have been discouraged by the laminate...now, thank you to you I know I can handle it...I see new (well, updated) bedroom furniture in my daughter future!

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    1. Wow thtt is nice!! I love the two tone colors

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    2. You are very welcome I'm happy to help!

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  34. Love it! I see that turquoise is oops paint, do you happen yo know the color? I love it!
    Thanks, looks FAB,
    Dena

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