Repaint night stands from the 70's. How do I prep the tops?

The top of the night stands have that shiny hard lacquer like finish on them. The rest is just wood and can be sanded but the top I do not know what to do. I need to learn quickly because I'm moving and want to use these in my new and fresh bedroom. I had these in my bedroom growing up.

Please help,
Sanding alone..
  6 answers
  • William William on Jun 15, 2017
    Lightly sand to remove the gloss and roughen the surface for paint. Prime with a good stain blocking primer then paint.

  • Judy Lynn Prather Judy Lynn Prather on Jun 15, 2017
    I wondered if it could even be sanded. I will try. They are white and discolored after all these years. I think they can be made cute again with a little work. What grit paper do you recommend?

  • Tanyabryan0201 Tanyabryan0201 on Jun 16, 2017
    hello ; JUDY ... paint them w/CHALK PAINT ( no priming necessary) or you can even make your own ( which I've done ... sooo easy ) ... good luck !! 😸🐾

  • Carmella gambino Carmella gambino on Jun 16, 2017
    Judy, Use Chalk Paint-no sanding or prepping-that are many many brands and colors available. Very simple process, no smell....when finished you "polish " with a clear wax and viola! Look it up on you tube.

  • Karen Karen on Jun 16, 2017
    You could buy some thin wood cut to size and glue it on, then paint over it

  • Cwh6899259 Cwh6899259 on Jun 16, 2017
    I had bedroom furniture from around that era and it actually had arborite on the top. Really hard to tell just looking at it.

    It was built this way so that you could remove spilled nail polish easily from the top. I guess there was a problem with teenage girls doing their manicures on their dressers during this time.

    I would test the tops with a little nail polish remover (the old kind) on a Q-Tip.