We have wanted to try to produce a gold-dipped piece of furniture for a while, and this French provincial dresser was the perfect fit. Gold dipping is the perfect way to create a classy look for any room in your house. (Note: more finished pictures can be found at the end of the post).
Also, check out our other gold-dip blog here.
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Before you get started, you'll need to gather the following materials:
Purdy Syntox Finish Brush
Bosch 2.5-Amp Orbital Sander
Gator 50-Pack 80-Grit 5-in W x 5-in L 8-Hole Hook and Loop Sanding Disc Sandpaper
Pro Grade Precision 9 in. x 11 in. 320 Grit X-Fine Advanced Sanding Sheets
Step 1: Removing the Original Finish
We sanded the body and the drawers down. As we usually do, we start our sanding process with our orbital sander using 80 grit sandpaper. Then, we use 60 grit sandpaper to ensure all of the original finish has been properly removed. Finally, we hand sand with 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. Ensure you wash it off with a damp cloth so that there is no 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 their shape (but we did hand sand them).
Step 2: Taping the Dresser
Before we painted the drawers and the body of the dresser, we made sure to tape the inside of the body and the inside of the drawers. It is always important to remember to tape the inside of the body where the drawers slide in and out, and the inside portions of the drawers where paint might drip/or the paintbrush might touch. We will admit that this is not necessary, but if you want to have a re-purposed dresser that looks professional-grade, then every detail matters.
Step 3: Applying the Black Paint
After we were finished taping the dresser, we painted the dresser using blackout 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 4: Applying the Gold Paint
After the blackout paint dried, we taped the bottom of the dresser above where the gold paint would be applied. We applied three coats of gold paint to make sure that it was sufficiently covered.
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 with a Purdy Syntox brush. 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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1/18/2018 03:42:16 pm
What a nice dresser! I’m not good with carpentry. I usually need someone to help me whenever I need to fix something at home. I admire you for being able to finish a project like this! It looks classy and elegant! I hope I’ll also be able to do something like this in the near future. For now, I think I’ll have some research to do.
2/18/2018 04:34:18 pm
What did you use for the gold finish on the hardware? The same paint or spray paint?
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