This is a Kling dresser that we purchased in Lynchburg, VA, a few years ago. Due to a lot of change in our personal lives (starting new jobs, moving to North Carolina), we just now got around to refinishing this beautiful piece. This dresser is one that brings up the adage, "they don't make them like they used to." The dresser is solid cherry, making it extremely durable and a piece that can be handed down from generation to generation.
We take different approaches to purchase pieces of furniture. Some are based on the piece's potential, while others we pick primarily based on the creative challenges the piece presents. This particular piece was picked because it was a Kling dresser. Kling was a furniture manufacturer in Mayville, NY, and was known for constructing extremely durable furniture, making a project go a lot smoother. If you love history as we do, check out these articles from Bohemians and Klinginfo.com. More finished pictures at the bottom of the post.
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
Step 1: 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!
Step 2: Tape
Before we stained the drawers and painted the dresser's body, 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 the Drawers
We went ahead and stained the drawers 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 4: Paint
After we finished taping and staining the dresser, we painted the dresser using Valspar Cabinet and Furniture Paint. We usually do at least two coats of paint to make sure that everything is sufficiently covered. However, we ended up doing three coats on this dresser. We generally use Purdy paint brushes so that we can ensure that we get an excellent finish.
Step 5: 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.