This was an empire style dresser that we found in North Carolina. It needed a lot of work, but we knew that it had some really good bones to work with. We decided to go with a darker paint color to contrast with the beautiful Birdseye maple on the drawers. More finished pictures are at the bottom of this blog!
Before you get started, you'll need to gather the following materials:
Step 1: Remove the Original Finish from the Body of the Dresser
We sanded the body down. As we usually do, we start our sanding process with our orbital sander using an 80 grit sandpaper. Then, we use 60 grit sandpaper to make sure all of the original finish has been properly removed. Finally, we hand sand with a 120 grit sandpaper to get a smoother wood before applying paint. . This process seems to be extremely effective in putting the dresser in its bare bones state. Make sure you wash it off with a damp cloth so that there is not any dust or residue left on it. Once it is dry, it is time to tape around the edges! We should note that we did not use the electric sander on the drawers because of the thin veneer (but we did hand sand them).
Step 2: Taping the Dresser
We ended up not having to do a ton of taping on this dresser, but we did end up having to tape the piece that sits on top of the dresser in order to protect the Birdseye maple.
Step 3: Painting the Body of the Dresser
After we were finished taping the dresser we painted the dresser using broadway paint. We usually do two coats of paint to make sure that everything is sufficiently covered. We generally use Purdy paint brushes so that we can ensure that we get an excellent finish.
Step 5: Applying Finish
After the paint was dry we were ready to apply a coat of water based Polycrylic to both the body of the dresser and the drawers. After the first coat we sanded down the dresser using 320 grit sandpaper, then we applied a second coat of Polycrylic.
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Josh and Sydney are life adventurers that love to learn and create. We are exact opposites and enjoy gaining new perspective. Our home is where our varying personalities shine, and we use it to gather our friends and family together.