Refinishing Particle Board/ Panel Wood

6 Hours

This dresser has been in my bedroom since I was a child (approximately 24 years.) After recently purchasing my first home I wanted to use as many of the items I currently had as possible and stay within a reasonable budget for decorating. I decided to take this piece with me and perform a total make over.
This dresser had seen better days for sure. The particle board is flimsy but almost everything sold in stores these days contains it.
I started by lightly sanding the top layer of finish off, but I don't think it is necessary if your piece is in good condition.
There were a few water spots on the top, which came out with sanding. I then primed with Killz spray primer. (so easy!)
Then I added a few coats of latex paint, sprayed the hardware with black paint and reassembled.
I also used the Minwax water based clear protectant to seal the paint from chipping.
Before and after!

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  • Karen Benke
    on Jun 21, 2020

    What color is the paint?

  • Leticia Jones
    on Jul 30, 2020

    What kind of brush did you use? And how many coats of latex paint?

    • Brooke Nichole
      on Jul 30, 2020

      It's been years since I painted the first time, but I know I used a regular latex paint brush. I would say it took maybe two coats of this color, since I had already primed it. You could definitely get by with a quart of paint for a dresser this size.

  • Kim Piggott-Wallis
    on Sep 9, 2020

    What grit sandpaper did you use? It turned out beautifully!

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  • Audrie Sumner
    on Apr 12, 2018

    Yes ..have a dresser like that!

  • Gin
    on Jan 8, 2019

    I have a night stand I truly love. I will definitely try this. Sounds simple enough. Thanks. Really helpful.

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