Do you have an ugly dresser or piece of wood furniture you can't stand to look at but can't bear to part with? Before you get rid of it, think about the potential it can provide with a new look. Try painting it in your favorite colors to make it a nice statement piece for your room.
Step 1: Gathering the Materials
After several years of scraping, sanding, and painting furniture and lots of trial and error, I have found the best products and techniques that work for me. There are many great products and different ways to get similar results, but the following instructions were used to complete this painted finish. For additional information: http://a4wardthinker.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Faux-Paint-an-Ugly-Dresser
- Drop Cloth
- Two Colors of Latex Paint - 1 quart ea.
- Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane Clear Satin Finish
- Elmer's Carpenter Wood Filler
- 2" Foam Brush
- 1 1/2 -2" Disposable Brush
- Putty Knife
- Nail Set
- Nitrile Gloves
- 220 Sand Paper
- Palm Sander
Remove drawers from dresser, hardware, and any undesirable pieces attached to the dresser. Yes! You can remove curved toe kicks, scallops decorative strips, or any piece you can remove with a putty knife. Just push the knife between the dresser box and the decorative strip and gently tap the end of the knife with a hammer until it can be pulled off. Use wood putty to fill any nail holes or cracks. When the putty (wood fill) dries, sand it smooth and flat. To prevent a dip in the fill, put on a little extra so it covers it when it is time to sand it off. Wait! Not too much. You will be there all day. Work smarter, not harder right? Lightly sand with 220 grit sand paper or pad to give the surface a light scratch coat. That means 1 or 2 passes across the surface with the sand paper and that is it. Wipe off any dust before painting.