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Painting a Dresser to Give it a Custom Look

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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.
 
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Step 1: Gathering the Materials

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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.
  • Stain
  • Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane Clear Satin Finish
  • Elmer's Carpenter Wood Filler
  • 2" Foam Brush
  • 1 1/2 -2" Disposable Brush
  • Putty Knife
  • Rock
  • Nail Set
  • Chisel
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Rags
  • 220 Sand Paper
  • Palm Sander

Step 2:

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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.
milesnorth11 months ago
I like the vintage distressed look you have here. Very nice.
4wardthinkers (author)  milesnorth11 months ago
Thanks! The best part of a distressed piece of furniture is that you don't have to worry about it getting dinged up in a move or through the years. I will just add to the character of it.
Phil B11 months ago
Something very similar to this was popular in the late-1960s and early 1970s. Then it was called antiquing the furniture, or simply antiquing. Kits were available with the basic color and an accent color. I do not know if they still are available.

We were married in 1969. I made some of our furniture with plywood and fir pieces I used for trim. The intent was always to antique the pieces, never to finish them in a bare or wood finish. We are still using those pieces, although they have since been painted in a subdued solid color.
4wardthinkers (author)  Phil B11 months ago
Yeah! I've used those kits at first, but hated them. They have too many instructions and their version of a custom painted furniture from a box is exactly that. Ugh! I like the more creative approach; trial and error and the sky is the limit.
BHub11 months ago
Looks great! I like how you turned that old ratty dresser into a stylish piece of furniture you could find in a retail store.
4wardthinkers (author)  BHub11 months ago
Thanks BHub! It's much cheaper and I can pick my own color.
jimmar5711 months ago
come and paint our ratty old stuff please
4wardthinkers (author)  jimmar5711 months ago
Sure! Just call me the Paint Flinger.