Painted Dresser

3 Materials
6 Hours

Don't you just love fb marketplace?? I think I'm addicted. Have been for quite sometime. But anyway, scored yet another great deal. Found a queen size headboard, footboard, 2 nightstands, a tallboy and large 9 drawer dresser. For $50.

I was pretty impressed with myself. Of course, I did not like the way they looked but that's hardly ever a factor.

So on to the dressers. First thing as usual, give them a good scrub down. They were extra dirty.

Time to sand....

Once cleaned and dried, time to get out my dewalt sander. I love this thing. I hate to sand but this definitely helps! I wasn't going for the type of sand to strip off the finish, just enough to scuff the surface.

The dressers had a scroll type bottom on the front that I did not care for so I cut them out with my jigsaw. I measured out four points, drew a line and used painters tape to keep the wood from chipping.

Once done, it did not look good but I kept the piece of scrolling, trimmed off the curved bottom to a straight piece to glue it back on once painted.

Time for a wipe down and primer.

I used Cover Stain by Zinnser. This is an oil based primer with a shellac base. I am not a fan of oil paint, but I had read good things about it. One coat and it covered really well. I let it dry overnight and gave it the scratch test. I could not get it off, awesome.

*Side note: I later tried this primer on a very dark, shiny nightstand without sanding. I could not scratch it off either. It covered the dark so well too. This stuff is crazy good! But, it really smells so use in a well ventilated area.

On to the drawers, gave them one coat of primer as well.

This primer is very thick. Once dried, I gave it a quick sand as I could see the brush marks. I then used two coats of white paint I had on hand. The finish turned out well.

I gave the dresser two coats of clear varnish.

The plan was to eventually replace the handles but after a few days, I realized I could just spray them. I gave them 2 coats of matte black. It turned out really well. Not bad, for less the $100, a bedroom can be furnished if you put in the time and effort.

The contrast is really nice with the black and white. Definitely has that farmhouse/modern feel to it.

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  • Nancy Murphy Nancy Murphy on Jul 17, 2020

    Very pretty. It has a classic look to it. Am not quite sure what you did with the bottom though, because you talked about gluing something back on.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jul 18, 2020

    It sounds (and looks) like she cut the bottom piece out, trimmed the scroll design off of it, then reinstalled it on the bottom of the dresser.