"It was painted an ugly green color, but we could tell that there was potential, and ultimately we are glad that we rolled the dice on it."
This piece of furniture was also available from our auction-attending friends, and we were glad we were able to take it off their hands. It was painted an ugly green color, but we could tell that there was potential, and ultimately we are glad that we rolled the dice on it. This dresser had some amazing drawers with dividers and lots of space. We knew that this would be perfect for someone that lacked space.
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We used the following supplies on this dresser:
The first step is to remove the paint from the dresser, so we turn to one of our favorite stripping gels, CitriStrip. We used a cheap paintbrush to apply the CitriStrip, and then we let it sit for a while. You will be able to tell when it starts to work because the paint will start bubbling up (the picture on the bottom left shows this). After letting it sit for a while (on this project, we let it sit for a couple of hours), we used a scraper and scraped off the paint. Sometimes you might need to use a little muscle to get the paint off. As we noted above, it is important that you ensure that all of the CitriStrip is removed, or it could affect your finish later on.
We applied the same paint stripping process to the drawers of the dresser.
After we stripped the dresser, we still needed to sand it down. We started with our orbital sander using 80 grit sandpaper. Then, we hand sanded it with 120 grit sandpaper. This process seems to be quite effective in putting the dresser in its bare-bones state.
After we sanded the dresser down, 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 will slide in and out of it. Taping is not a necessary step, but if you want to have a re-purposed dresser that looks professional-grade, then every detail matters.
Next, we put a coat of primer on the body of the dresser before painting it. We usually don't do this, but because the wood of the dresser was fairly dark, we decided to go ahead and apply a coat of primer, so the color of the wood didn't bleed through the paint.
Then, we applied a coat of red oak stain to the drawers of the dresser. Some of the old paint was still embedded in the wood of the dresser (white color, not that ugly green), which worked out great for more of a rustic look.
After the drawers were stained, we painted the body of the dresser. It still took three coats of paint to prevent the wood's original color from bleeding through (This tends to be the case when using lighter colors, like white).
Once the stain and the paint had completely dried, we applied wax to the dresser. This project was the first time we used the Minwax paste wax, but it seemed to do a sufficient job smoothing out the surface of the dresser and providing adequate protection.
The last step was to put the hardware on the dresser. The friends from whom we purchased the dresser had the glass knobs on the top drawer, while we used the dresser's original hardware on the rest of the drawers.
The transformation from the ugly green to its current state has been completely stunning and is everything that we hoped it would be.
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.