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
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.