A few weeks ago I held a giveaway asking participants to comment on their home makeover tips + tricks and an astounding number of you commented saying that painting old furniture was the way to go! I’ve been debating doing this to some old dressers of mine that I have in my guest room, but my boyfriend, whose Grandmother gave them to him, is giving me a bit of resistance. In my tireless hours of persuasion, I came across this article that I’d thought I’d go in for the kill with. I love what they did with a $25 dresser they found on Craigslist!
What a difference! They did a fantastic job and in their article in Sunset Magazine they tell you exactly how they did it, including the exact paint colors they used! Click here to see the full article. I’m going to give you the condensed version (all taken from their article!).
To bring this dresser into the modern era, we first removed and set aside the drawers and wheeled feet. Next we removed and discarded the top trim piece and the drawer pulls. We smoothed out the bottom trim’s frillier details with wood filler. Once it was dry, we used 220-grit sandpaper and an electric sander (rented from a hardware store) to lightly sand all visible flat surfaces. We hand-sanded grooves and detailing, then wiped all surfaces with a damp cloth. With a 6-inch paint roller, we applied two coats of low-sheen black latex enamel paint to all visible surfaces, using long strokes in one direction (we used a 2-inch paint roller for the corners and edging). When that was dry, we applied the gray paint accents.
Black (2132-10) paint from Benjamin Moore Paints
Add decorative detailing
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After the last coat of black paint is completely dry (a day or two is ideal), plan your design on paper.
Remove the dresser drawers and knobs, and position drawers on a covered floor surface, lining them face up in the same sequence as they sit in the dresser (number them on the inside with a pencil).
Adhere strips of 1-inch-wide painter’s tape (we like Frogtape; find stores at the website) flush with the outside edge of the two smaller top drawers. Next, adhere ½-inch-wide painter’s tape flush with the inside edge of the 1-inch tape. Repeat with the 1-inch tape on the inside edge of the ½-inch tape. Remove ½-inch tape.
Use this same wide-narrow-wide tape application for the design on the three lower drawers. To ensure that the corners meet at 90° angles, use a corner ruler edge when applying tape. Apply pressure to inside edges of tape strips.
Apply two coats of gray paint with a 2-inch dense-foam roller, allowing time to dry between coats. Once completely dry, carefully remove tape, secure knobs, and reposition drawers in the dresser. Use a ¼-inch paintbrush and the gray paint to carefully fill in any gaps between the drawers.
For the new wooden drawer pulls, we applied two coats of black or gray paint to each. Once they were dry, we reattached them, along with the old wheels.
• $25 Craigslist find
• FINAL COST: $124
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That's truly amazing. The 'after' looks SO good!
incredible, looks so expensive!!
Oh my goodness! It looks amazing – SO chic!
That looks amazing…what a change:) Beautiful:)
love it! I think i am going to look for something fun on craigs list to paint now!
oh wow. love this!!!! so chic.
interesting! is he going to let you do it??