This is a dresser that we found in Charlottesville, Virginia. We wanted to try a new paint color called Cast Iron by Sherwin Williams, and this dresser was perfect for the test. We absolutely love how the paint and stain compliment each other on this piece. There are more pictures of the finished product at the bottom of this page.
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Before you get started, you'll need to gather the following materials:
Minwax Polycrylic Matte Base 32 fl oz Polyurethane
Purdy Syntox Finish Brush
Frog Tape Trim Painter's Tape
CitriStrip Paste Multi-Surface Paint Remover
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. 120 Grit Medium Advanced Sanding Sheets
Step One: Removing the Original Stain
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 120 grit sandpaper to get a smoother wood before applying paint and stain. 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 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 curved shape (but we did hand sand them).
Step Two: Stain the Top
We went ahead and stained the top of the dresser because stain generally takes longer to dry than paint. We apply our stain with a stain pad because its a little bit cleaner, but you can get a similar result using a stain brush.
Step Three: Tape
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 paint brush might touch. We will admit that this is not a necessary step, but if you want to have a re-purposed dresser that looks professional grade, then every detail matters.
Step Four: Paint
After we were finished with taping and staining the dresser we painted the dresser using cast iron 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 Five: Apply Finish
After the paint was dry, we were ready to apply a coat of water-based Polycrylic to both the dresser's body 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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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.