|Using a Bosch Circle Sander|
|Circle Sander FTW|
|Supplies: Wood primer, Semi-gloss acrylic latex paint, Glossy black spraypaint|
|Supplies; Paint in Inland SW6452|
|Original hardware refinished with Krylon spray-paint (black)|
|Primer (1 coat)|
|Primer on dresser drawers|
|Green paint (Coat #1)|
|Green paint (Coat #2)|
|Ta-da...the finished dresser!|
Occasionally, I'm motivated by a creative project; you may remember my bridesmaid dress remix last October. Growing up, I loved Martha Stewart, watched her religiously, dream of having a craft room, but that's another story...
During the holiday visits home, my parents mentioned they were getting rid of an old dresser, and recently inspired by DIYs seen on Pinterest, I offered to take it off their hands. (Sidenote: We <3 Pinterest! Check out our favorite board--pinned with brilliant hacks, organization tips, & storage solutions.)
After hauling it home, I was excited to rework the piece, but before diving into the project, I did a little research. A few conversation with friends and a few helpful YouTube tutorials later... it was on.
Step 1 - Sanding (1.5 to 2 hours)
First, sand down all components of the furniture, as this helps the paint stick to the wood. Luckily enough, my dresser was bare of paint, but still retained its wood finishing/varnish on top. It is important to sand in the direction of the grain; I found the circle sander to be a great tool for this projet. After sanding, I wiped down the piece with a wet rag to clear off the dust and debris, and waited for it to dry. A big thanks to my friend, Ben, who kindly lent me his sander.
Step 2 - Priming (45 minutes)
I was tempted to skip this step, but after reading this article, I was convinced I should prime before painting. I used a paper plate as my painter's palette to make for easy cleanup, a roller for the larger surfaces, and the brush for some of the detailed areas to evenly apply 1 coat of primer (I skipped the back of the dresser).
Step 3 - Painting (45 minutes to paint + 4 hours of drying time)
I used a roller to apply the majority of my green paint to the dresser. Going with the grain of the wood, I applied coat one and finished the detailed areas with a paint brush. Four hours of drying time later, I painted on coat two, and waited another four hours for drying.
Step 4 - Hardware (5 minutes + 45 minutes to dry)
I simply spray painted the dresser's existing hardware black, but changing up the hardware is an easy, affordable way to give furniture a totally different look.
This DIY was time consuming work, but let's keep it real team, sweat equity = a frugal, beautiful project. :) Special shout out to Will, Laura, and Ben for helping with this project! Thank you!
Project Timetable (You need a period of time that allows 4 hour intervals of drying time; I put a weekend to good use.)
Sand down furniture: 1.5-2 hours
Wipe clean with wet rag: 10 minutes
Apply one coat of primer paint: 45 minutes to apply, 4 hour dry time
First coat of green paint: 45 minutes to apply, 4 hour dry time
Second coat of gren paint: 45 minutes, 4 hour dry time
Spray paint existing hardware: 5 minutes (repeat 3-4 times for even coating), 45 minute dry time
Total Cost: Under $50 (Significantly less than a new dresser!)
Dresser: Mom & Dad's House Find: $0
Bosch Circle Sander: Borrowed from my friend Ben :): $0
Sherwin Williams Store
Premium Wall & Wood Primer (quart): $10
ProClassic Paint for Interior (quart - Inland SW6452): $20
2" XL Trim Brush: $5
6"x 3/16 Mohair Roll Brush (2): $6
12" Roll Brush Frame: $3
Krylon Spray-Paint (Black Glossy): $4