We have friends that attend furniture auctions to purchase solid wood pieces of furniture. We were fortunate enough to purchase this dresser from them before anyone else could snag it away from them. We have purchased dressers that demand a particular design (or, in other words, the dresser would not cooperate with our original design), and this was one of those dressers. However, at the end of the day, the dresser looks fantastic and has become a versatile piece that can function as a buffet or a dresser.
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We used the following supplies on this dresser:
The first step was to remove all of the original stain from the dresser. Once the stain was removed--and the body was sanded--we applied a coat of stain to the top of the dresser. Unfortunately, the stain didn't take (it turned out extremely blotchy). As you will find with many of your DIY projects, your original designs can be dismantled by many variables, including the types of veneers the original manufacturer used. However, do not let this throw you off; go back to the drawing table and pick a design that will work for your project and with the particular variables that you have been handed. On this project, we decided to paint the top with mineral paint because we had already found that the veneer on the drawers was more accepting of the stain that we were using (this allowed us to keep the stain/paint dynamic wanted).
Once the top of the dresser was painted, we went ahead and painted the entire body. (Note: the picture on the right was taken after the painter's tape was removed. The painter's tape provided us with internal compartments free from sloppy-looking brush strokes).
The next step was to finish tackling the drawers. As noted above, the dark walnut stain was fully compatible with the veneers on the inside of the drawers and the doors. This next part is a tough lesson that we have had to learn over a few DIY projects, and that is when you have a piece that will consist of both stain and paint (such as the drawers), do the painting first. Here is our rule of thumb, paint on stain is difficult to correct, but stain on paint can be corrected with a stroke of a brush.
We also decided to add a little more design to this dresser by staining the inside of the door and the internal drawers the walnut color that we used on the inside of the drawers. We believed that this made the design more complete and hopefully provided onlookers with a wow factor.
Once the paint and staining were completed, we added a coat of wax to the body and drawers of the dresser. Remember to not overcoat with wax because it will create major streaks. After the wax has been applied, allow it to sit overnight. You should take fine steel wool over the entire body the next day, then buff out the wax with a cloth. (Note: Make sure that you are not too aggressive with the steel wool because you may end up peeling back the paint).
After accomplishing this, you will want to let the wax cure for around seven days before putting the dresser into any significant use. Also, until it is fully cured, be careful to touch the wax with your fingers because the oil from your hands may transfer into the wax, giving it a dirty look.
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.