Before & After: Navy Faux Bamboo Dresser

I purchased this dresser last summer when I found it on craigslist for a reasonable price. It needed a lot of time devoted to it to get everything filled, sanded, and well prepped for some paint.
The original yellow glazed finish needed to go. That color was not going to be sticking around. It also had a laminate top. You can see how I paint over laminate by watching this video here.


I cleaned, filled, sanded, primed, sanded - some of those steps many times so create the smoothest surface I could.
I contemplated painting this dresser in a warm gray but ultimately went with a pretty navy blue.
The hardware was originally painted white. I stripped the paint off, cleaned the hardware, and then painted them. They were easily covered with gold metallic spray paint in a brass color. Some hardware was missing from the top drawers when I purchased the dresser but I found replacements from another faux bamboo piece from this same furniture line.
This blue color is just gorgeous. I love that it's not too dark and that it's a bit greyed-out, but such a rich color.
The oil-based paint that I used gives a gorgeous satin sheen. I sprayed the paint on using my HVLP spray gun and a compressor.
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  • Pam Jennings Lyons Pam Jennings Lyons on Oct 13, 2016
    I have the same furniture. I painted it white with oil paint years ago. Sold a dresser and twin headboards. I am now contemplating painting 3 pieces gray. I never painted the top. Thank you for giving me a push. Your piece is gorgeous.

  • Dina Dina on Jan 07, 2017
    Gorgeous!

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