This was a project dresser from Amherst, Virginia, that we could not pass up. We've always loved Tiger Oak pieces. So when they come available, we try to jump on them. We hope that you enjoy reading our blog. There are more finished pictures at the bottom.
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Before you get started, you'll need to gather the following materials:
Step 1: Remove the Original Finish from the Body and Drawers of the Dresser
The first step was to remove the original stain from the body and drawers of the dresser. Since the entire dresser had a beautiful tiger oak veneer, we decided to use CitriStrip; this allowed us to remove as much of the original stain as possible before sanding the dresser down (so that we would not sand through the veneer). We applied the Citristrip using a super cheap paintbrush (think dollar bin at Home Depot). After letting the CitriStrip sit for about an hour, we removed most of the original stain from the body of the dresser using scrapers.
Once again, since the dresser featured a lot of veneers, we decided to use 120 grit sandpaper to remove the remaining stain lightly.
Step 2: Taping the Drawers
Before we painted and stained, 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 3: Stain
We went ahead and stained the sides of the dresser and the drawers because stain generally takes longer to dry than paint. After the stain was dry, we had to do more taping to ensure that the paint did not end up on the stained sides.
Step 4: Painting the Body of the Dresser
After we 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.