Gorgeous Dresser Makeover

2014-08-13

Hey guys!  I’m dropping in today to share this gorgeous dresser with you guys!  I love it.  I mean really love it.  I may or may not want to make out with it!  Okay, I don’t love it that much but she is a beaut!  So, I am on about a bazillion local Buy, Sell, Trade groups on Facebook.  I really like them but if you aren’t quick stuff is always gone by the time you see it.  I happened to luck out and found this.  I couldn’t believe it wasn’t spoken for yet!  As soon as I saw it I knew it was mine!  It was pretty rough but I knew it could be beautiful again.  Here is a close up from before I got started.

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Yikes, right?  But, it wasn’t anything some sand paper, paint, and stain couldn’t handle.  I busted out my sanders and got to work.  It actually went by pretty fast.  I did most of the dresser but I left the back untouched.  Wanna know why?

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That’s why!  Isn’t that fantastic?  I love the back of this and didn’t want to change it up at all.  Once I got done sanding the rest of it I cleaned it all up and got out my new paint sprayer.  The nice folks at Home Right sent me their Finish Max Pro Paint Sprayer.  They did give it to me in exchange for a review but I promise you the review is 100% my feelings!  Yep, I like to keep it real with you.  Don’t believe me?  Just go here, here, here, or here.  Yeah, that’s me with mascara and hair that looks like it never gets brushed.  Told you I keep it real, haha.  Now that we’ve gotten off track let’s get back to the sprayer and dresser!  Here is the sprayer I got.

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It’s awesome and makes the job go so much faster!!  It actually makes me want to paint instead of despise it like I normally do.  I’ll let you guys in on a little secret…it kind of makes me feel all cool and official.  Like a professional haha.  Yes, that’s right, a paint sprayer has the ability to make me feel like I’m cool.  My favorite thing about the sprayer is the fact that it comes with two paint cups so you can store any leftover paint that’s already been thinned out.  It came in handy because by the time I started painting it was starting to get dark out and I needed to do a little touch up the next day.  The only thing I thought was a little weird was that the hose got pretty hot where it connects to the compressor.  It doesn’t matter because you don’t really touch it but it was still weird.  Then again, it is August in Arizona so maybe it had something to do with the 110°+ temperature.  Either way, it’s awesome and makes the job a lot faster and more fun so you should run out and get one.  The most important thing here is prep.  Get your dresser (or whatever else you are painting) nice and smooth.  I used 80 grit sandpaper, followed by 120, and then 220.  You can go to a finer grit paper than that but I never do.  Once it’s all done vacuum up any dust and wipe it all down with a damp rag.  Then tape off anything that you don’t want painted.  I was staining the top so I covered it.  I also planned on only painting the drawer fronts so that’s why they are taped off.  I ended up taking the tape off and painting the whole drawer.

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You’re almost ready to get to work!  You need to thin out the paint that you are using.  The sprayer comes with a viscosity cup but I’m a rebel and just eye balled it.  I don’t recommend this but I did about 3 parts paint to 1 part water I think.  Once the paint is the right consistency get out something to practice on.  Don’t skip this part!!  You don’t want to ruin all your hard work.  Play with it a little and get it all dialed in and get yourself used to it.  Once you feel like you’ve got it down go to work!  Don’t worry if the paint doesn’t look smooth while you’re spraying it.  As it dries it smooths out and you probably won’t even have to sand it.  Normally when I paint, I sand my piece with my 220 grit paper between each coat.  I had to do this on the dresser but it was because the garage door was open and some dust blew onto the wet drawers.  Whoopsie!  After I painted it I stained the top dark walnut and then sprayed the whole thing with 3 thin coats of polycryclic.  I was really sad when I went to put the handles back one because one broke right in my hand!  Super sad face.  It ended up not being all that bad though because I got these beautiful handles at Hobby Lobby for $2.00 a piece.

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They didn’t come with screws so I went to Ace and found some.  When I bought them they were bright silver and stuck out like crazy.  I busted out a few different spray paints and this is what I ended up with.

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Skills!!  Haha.  They look identical to the finish of the handles.  I will get a post up soon on what I used to get them to look like that.  Yes, it’s that cool that it needs its very own post.  I am so excited that it’s all done.  I really love how it came out.  I had bought it to refinish and sell and I think I will be a little sad when it leaves!  Is is bad that I’m kind of crossing my fingers that nobody will want to buy it?  I mean look at her…

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Eek she’s pretty!  And look at the side…

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Pretty gorgeous!  Well guys, enough of me ooohin and aaahin over my dresser!  I hope you enjoyed her as much as I do!  I’ll be back this week with an update I made in my living room.  It was one of my favorite kinds of projects.  Free, cleaned up some of my wood pile, and made a big impact!  Can’t wait to show you guys!  See ya soon!

 

~Steph

 

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