This was one of those projects where we took a chance on a piece not knowing what we would find underneath the painted surface. We believe this piece dates back to the late 1800s or early 1900s. It features unique pin and cove drawer dovetails, and beautiful tiger oak. (Note: More finished pictures are at the bottom of the blog).
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Before you get started, you'll need to gather the following materials:
Step 1: Removing the Ugly Green Paint
We sanded the body and the drawers 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 a 120 grit sandpaper to get a smoother wood before applying paint. . 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 not any dust or residue left on it. Once it is dry, it is time to tape around the edges! We should note that we did not use the electric sander on the drawers because of the thin veneer (but we did hand sand them).
Step 2: Taping the Dresser
Before we painted the drawers and the body of the dresser, we made sure to tape the inside of the 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 paint brush 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: Staining the Sides of the Dresser
We went ahead and stained the sides of the dresser because stain generally takes longer to dry than paint. After the stain was dry, we had to do more taping to make sure that the paint did not end up on the stained sides.
Step 4: Paint the Body and the Drawers
After we were finished with taping and staining the dresser we painted the dresser using whale gray 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.