When my sister moved a couple months ago, she asked me if I would be interested in this dresser. I had been looking for quite some time for a long dresser like this, so I was very excited when she offered it to me. I knew the dresser needed a face lift before I placed it in my cloffice. The paint was chipping and some of the drawer fronts needed nailed back into place. I hope you enjoy as I take you along on how to update an old dresser.
Prepping the piece of furniture
The top of the dresser had a shiny varnish finish and the bottom of the dresser was white. Before sanding, I made sure the old dresser was cleaned really well. I used Alcohol mixed with water and a scrubber to make sure I was getting all of the dirt off. The next step was removing the old hardware and fixing a couple of the drawer fronts that were loose.
This next step is something I always do to every piece of furniture that I am working on. Sanding is intended to scuff up the surface, which helps the paint adhere to it. I usually use 150 grit sandpaper to prep a piece, But the top of this dresser was really ruff. I ended up using 80 grit to get a few of the really ruff spots out and 150 grit sandpaper on the rest of the dresser.
Finally, I put on a thin coat of primer. I used the Zinsser Cover Stain Primer to prime this old dresser. This primer is white, which works if your top coat will also be white, or if you are not distressing (or I suppose if you want to distress to show white underneath). I had this primer on hand so this is what I used for my dresser.
It’s amazing how much better the finish on my pieces turn out when I take the time to prep it correctly.
Painting and Staining
I started with the top of the dresser and I used Minwax Natural Wood Stain Finish. I applied two coats of stain and allowed it to dry. On the top of the dresser, I added a thin coat of wax to seal the wood and protect it. Next, I started with the base of the dresser. I used Rust-Oleum Matte Black Milk Paint to paint this piece. The sides of the dresser is the first thing I start with. I begin with painting in the nooks and corners with a paint brush. Then, before that paint begins to dry, I roll on the paint on the flat surfaces with a foam roller. After using a roller, it’s important to run a brush along the other side of the corners to catch any drips on the other side.
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After it was all painted, I dressed up the piece with these new nobs from Hobby Lobby. I chose two different ones, four smaller ones for the small drawers on top and twelve bigger ones for the six larger drawers.
I hope this inspires and helps you on how to update an old dresser or any piece of furniture that you have been wanting to do a makeover on. Comment below and pin this post to Pinterest!! And if you like what you see on this blog, be sure to join Backwoods Haven down below so you don’t miss new projects!
Stay tuned, My full cloffice reveal is coming next week!