Sunday, April 3, 2011

Making an Old Dresser Look New

We are expecting in June, and we don't have a lot of money to spend. A friend of ours was giving this dresser away and I thought this will be perfect repainted. We got right to work and I am so happy with the way it turned out. I was worried about the time it would take to refinish the dresser. But to my surprise, the actual work only took 2 1/2 hours.
Making an Old Dresser Look New
Sander- If you don't have one, try some local pawn shops. We got ours for $25.
Paint- I used Behr from Home Depot. They will add the primer to the paint for like $5.
Water Based Finish- You'll need to decide what finish you want. I used Satin.
Other Painting Supplies- Roller, Paint Tray, Ect.
1-You want to start off by sanding all the areas you plan on painting. I didn't paint the back of the dresser or inside the drawers. After you are done sanding, take a wet wash cloth and wipe everything down.
2- Start your first layer of paint. It doesn't need to be a heavy coat. Let that dry for about 45 minutes to an hour.
3- Do your second coat. The second coat should cover everything and look even. By even, I mean the paint should look the same everywhere. If not go ahead and repeat this step, and do 3 coats of paint.
4- Let the paint dry over night.
5- Time to start the Finish. Like the paint, the first coat doesn't need to be heavy. Let that dry for about 1/2 an hour, or until dry to the touch.
6- Do the second coat a little thicker than the first. It doesn't need to be heavy. Let that dry for 2 hours.
7- Drill holes and put in your handles. YOU ARE FINISHED!

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