We bought this awesome Drexel dresser from a lady in Winston-Salem, NC. It had been in a storage shed behind her house for a long time, and we were able to provide some much-needed love to it and give it a second life. The Drexel dresser is now being used in our Son Judah's room (Check out this blog post on some of the design elements in Judah's Room).
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We used the following supplies on this dresser:
Purdy Syntox Finish Brush
Valspar Cabinet and Furniture Paint
Minwax Polycrylic Satin Base 32 fl oz Polyurethane
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. 60 Grit Coarse Advanced Sanding Sheets
Pro Grade Precision 9 in. x 11 in. 120 Grit Medium Advanced Sanding Sheets
Pro Grade Precision 9 in. x 11 in. 320 Grit X-Fine Advanced Sanding Sheets
3-2/3 in. x 9 in. Imperial Wet or dry 800-Grit Sandpaper Sheets
Frog Tape Trim Painter's Tape
Mid-Century Modern dressers are hard to find for reasonable prices due to the popularity of the style. So anytime we find a good deal on one, we find it hard to turn down. We also got a little carried away with this one and didn't take before pictures before sanding the top.
step 1: removing the original stain
On this project, we only sanded the top down. As we usually do, we start our sanding process with our orbital sander using 60 grit sandpaper. Then, we use 80 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 top 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! Just to note, we ended up using primer on this project instead of sanding the entire dresser down because we were concerned about the thickness of some of the veneers on the sides of the dresser.
step 2: tape
Before we stained the top of the dresser, we taped just under the top to avoid getting a sticky stain on the surface area that we primed and painted. This step is to prevent some possible issues later on.
step 3: stain and tape
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.
After we stained the top and before we primed/painted the dresser's body and drawers, 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 a necessary step, but if you want to have a re-purposed dresser that looks professional-grade, then every detail matters.
step 4: primer
We opted to use primer on the areas (the body of the dresser and the drawers) that we would be painting. This step was primarily due to our concern about sanding through some of the veneers on the dresser. This step is not necessary for every project, so you will have to use your best judgment. In this instance, the dresser had a slight odor from being stored in a shed, so the primer blocked most of that smell.
step 5: paint
After we finished priming the dresser, we painted the dresser using Valspar Cabinet and Furniture Paint. We usually do at least two or three 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 6: 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.