Dresser Refinish, Guest Party Highlight

This is a great transformation!  I loved it when I saw it so I had to highlight it.
 Mrs. Adventure did a great job with this piece of furniture.

I have always loved to refinish furniture. Maybe its because I love to take something no one wants and make it something people love & want to have. Or maybe its because I love to create & get covered in paint but whatever the reason I love it.

Maybe there are a few of you that have never tackled furniture. Since I like to believe its only because you don’t know where to began I figured I would show you how.
This past week I found this great dresser for $25 bucks!  Ok maybe she doesn’t look great now but her lines were perfect, and I knew she would be great. 
Ok fine she was VERY rough
Missing hardware
Scary stuff in her drawers… ick.
So here’s what I did:
Step 1: CLEAN, wipe down every nook & cranny.
Step 2: Remove all hardware.

Step 3: Sand, I started with a 50 grit, then once all the hard enamel is off I switched to 120 to make sure the finish was very soft & smooth.

Step 4: Once you have the surface good as sanded, wipe down with a clean damp rag to remove any dust.

Note: This dresser was hard to sand down to the bare bones due to it being part laminate. However, I wanted a paint that would last for ages so I picked a Oil Based Enamel. . (which has a bonus of no priming needed)
This paint is awesome you can use it for indoor or outdoor furniture and it goes on super smooth.

Tip: Make sure you use the correct brush
(ie: for oil based paint use a brush made for oil based paints)

Step 5: Brush on your first coat of paint, don’t try to lay it on too thick you will have another coat for coverage.

Step 6: Let it dry (5 hours if you used latex, overnight for oil based like mine)

Step 7: Paint a second coat, This time be sure to get all sides of the dresser.

Step 8: Let it dry

Step 9: Tape off the ouside edge of each dresser (This is only if you want to paint the inside of the drawers if not you can skip ahead to Step 12) 

Remember this “Oops” paint from my night stand makeover? Well here is where the last 1/2 of the can was used.

Step 10: Paint TWO coats of a glossy finish inside your drawers letting them FULLY dry in between each coat.

This is what mine looked like….

Step 11: Take off the tape while your second coat is drying ( I have found that this will help prevent the tape from peeling off your paint).
Optional Step: Distress the wood – Go over all the edges / corners that would normally get a lot of wear.

Step 12 (optional): Use a extra smooth brush and go over the entire peice of furniture with a coat of Polyurethane. This will seal your furniture and make it stronger against nicks & stains.
Then Step back and admire your hard work!
Just for fun how about a few side by side shots?
What do you think of her transformation?
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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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  1. >I absolutely love it! What a creative idea to paint the inside. Great color choice!

    So wonderful!

  2. >That dresser has a lovely fresh new face. Painting inside the drawers in a fun colour was a great idea that I will definitely use some time.

  3. >This could not have come at a better time. 😉 I have 3 refinishing projects in front of me but this helped me answer some questions. 🙂

  4. >What do I think? Im THRILLED b/c we have some handed down pieces of furniture just like this dresser(that lovely old french provincial "stuff") that I want to transform but I didnt know where to begin with the veneer of it being what it is.
    Thanks so much!

  5. >Wow, I can't believe I was featured! Thank you all so much for your sweet comments. I am always posting new projects on my blog so stop by for a visit from time to time!

    Now I am going to float on my cloud all day today! Thank you again!

  6. >I am so lazy, by the time I would've gotten the outside painted, there is no WAY I would've done the inside too. That being said – it looks FANTASTIC!! I'd keep the drawers open all the time 😉

  7. >Your dresser turned out absolutely awesome!!! Plus I love the extra surprise of the turquoise drawers! How fun!