Tuesday, June 7, 2011

How to Paint a Dresser


Remember this dresser from my Every Home Needs a Story post [the one that put the "ug" in ugly]? Today I’m going to share with you how I transformed it!

Here’s what I did:
First, prepare the dresser. Remove all hardware, and if you are lucky enough to find a dresser with stickers all over it like mine [sarcasm] then apply Goo Gone to them and use a straight-edged razor blade to scrape them off. Then wash everything off with mild soap and water to get rid of any residue.
Now, sand the surface lightly. This dresser didn’t have a glossy surface, so it didn’t take much work.

Finally, it’s time to paint! [sort of] I used a sandable spray paint primer. I like to use this primer whenever I’m painting with latex paint because it’s fast and easy [music to any DIY-er’s ears!]. Once it dried, I sanded it again [very lightly] and then wiped it all down with a cloth.





Next, I used Behr’s Paint & Primer in One, and it's for exteriors [No, this dresser won’t be sitting outside… I live in the country, but I’m not hillbilly… yet]. I like to use exterior grade paint for interior projects because it’s more durable. I applied three very thin coats. [Tip for a smooth finish, watch your brush strokes while painting… you want them to be straight, smooth and even.]
Alright, now turn your attention to the hardware.
Mine was beautiful, but funky [50 years of “yuck”]. I soaked & scrubbed them with a toothbrush [no, not my super hero hubby’s… my son’s. Just kidding!!]. Then, I busted out the love of my [DIY] life. Rub ‘n Buff [silver for this project]. I just love, love, love this stuff. If you have never used it, go and get some right now. I promise you’ll be rubbing and buffing all around your home in no time! The handles were originally black, and I wanted some of that to still show, so I rubbed it on sparingly and unevenly.
I then did the same thing for the dresser’s metal legs.
Finally, I wanted the dresser’s top to be silver as well…

so time for more Rub ‘n Buff! I particularly like using it on wood, because it gives it a buffed look [thus the name] and isn’t at all shiny or fake. It is a little harder to use on large surfaces. I really had to buff it out with a cloth for a nice, even finish.
Once drawers are dry, put the hardware back on and you’re done!! That's how I turned a dresser that was so ugly [I was embarrassed to even walk-up and tear off the ticket @ Goodwill] into a show-piece and inspiration for my [future] office.

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92 comments:

  1. Can I just say WOW! Great job, that looks amazing!

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  2. I love the hardware! Thanks for the advice about Goo Be Gone. I have a chest of drawers with stickers down the side - my next project. I hope you stop by and visit my blog too.

    Jen
    www.dishesandsocks.com

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  3. Thanks ladies!! And Jennifer, have fun with your stickers... if you let them "soak" in the Goo be Gone for a few minutes that helps too! I'll be sure to check out your blog, thanks for stopping by!
    Connie

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  4. Nice Job! Please stop by and join our link party: http://fabricbowsandmore.blogspot.com/

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  5. those drawer pulls are everything! love love love them!

    Jackie

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  6. Love the color and the hardware is so unique. Nice job!

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  7. That looks great - and I am so in love with the hardware!!

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  8. Thank you!! The hardware was definately what caught my eye... and I couldn't believe that there weren't any missing [several were hanging by a thread, but still there!].

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  9. WOW! BEAUTIFUL JOB! I would love for you to share this at my link party. Pure perfection ;)

    thirtysixthavenue.com

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  10. when i saw the pic, i was gonna ask where you got that awesome hardware! it looks so amazing now!

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  11. WOW! Absolutely positively FABULOUS!!!

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  12. oh! I'm in love with this chest! The handles are amazing. I love how you could really mix this style of dresser with all different kinds of decorating.

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  13. I think the best part is those drawer pulls I have never seen any like that. they are great

    what a transformation

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  14. That hardware is crazy wonderful. Love the whole piece.

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  15. This is one of the best furniture make overs I've seen in a long time! I LOVE it. I can't wait to try some Rub and Buff. Very cool. And yes, the hardware on that dresser is amazing!

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  16. Oooo- thank you, that's an awesome compliment!!! You'll love the Rub n' Buff... it comes in all sorts of finishes too :) Have fun!!
    Connie

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  17. Pretty, pretty. Love those handles

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  18. I LOVE IT!! Love those handles!!
    I just showed the before pic to my husband and asked him "would you have bought this dresser?" and he said no! so I showed him the after and I said "this is why we need to buy old crap and paint it and remodel it and make it beautiful!" Thanks for the inspiration! I've been trying to convince my husband to buy old furniture and let me paint it, this helped! lol
    NEW FOLLOWER HERE!

    cinsarah.blogspot.com

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  19. That's too funny Cindy! When I showed my husband this dresser @ Goodwill he was like, "You can usually make things look good but... I don't know about this one!" Haha!! He actually started filling it with tools in the garage because he didn't think I'd ever fix it up :) Good luck, and thanks so much for following me!!!
    Connie

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  20. Talk about a redo! It looks completely different, especially the handles. I found you on The 36th Avenue's Let's Party # 5 list. Creative people inspire me and this project is an example so I decided to follow you to see what else you will do. I hope you will follow me back http://talesfrommyjournal.blogspot.com I can be found in facebook too http://www.facebook.com/DeniseMartin.LillaRose and twitter @DeniseLillaRose If you like/follow me there I will do the same for you. When you stop by my blog, please check out my kind of fashion (hair jewelry).

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  21. Love it, I just found a hutch on a morning walk with my toddler today for 40 bucks! I am not sure if I am going to change the color but am going to use it for my craft organizing.


    Would love to see you link up at my new party that will run through Sunday!

    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/06/party-mindie-style-link-up-1.html

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  22. the hardware is so fun! what a great find and good job on cleaning it up :)

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  23. This dresser is amazing. I love the color you chose to paint it. Thanks for joining the party.

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  24. amazing transformation! I love it!

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  25. Can I please have this dresser :) I'm asking nicely :) Great transformtion. I love all the detail that you've shared in your post. Your newest follower stop by for a blog visit.

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  26. super jealous of that you found that gorgeous dresser.

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  27. this looks fantastic! thanks for the tutorial!

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  28. that is seriously the neatest, neatest, neatest dresser find EVER! you did a fantastic job on it!

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  29. This looks so AMAZING!

    I just want to let you know that I'll be featuring your dresser at my blog sometime tonight. Thank you for sharing it at my link party ;)

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  30. I am obsessed with this dresser, it is the cutest thing ever! Those handles are perfect, I'm so happy you saved them!

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  31. Hey! I featured this cutie on my blog tonight! Come grab a button :) http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/06/your-whims-wednesday-11-and-features.html

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  32. Oh my Lord!!! That hardware is amazing! I love your redo!

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  33. This is one of the prettiest dresser makeovers I've seen. Turned out beautiful! :) I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/making-over-a-vintage-dresser/

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

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  34. I saw you featured at My Girlish Whims and wanted to invite you to my any linky goes party that will run every Friday evening through Sunday. You can find the party button for it on my blog now if you like. Our first party last week had over 300 beautiful links, I can't wait to see what this weeks looks like. I even have a special give away planned for the linkers. Http://www.bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/

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  35. What a gorgeous dresser, I love the hardware and the legs!

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  36. This is the cutest thing ever! love this!!

    - Natalie
    www.thehotgluehangover.com

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  37. Wow... thank you, ladies, for all of the kind words! You all sure know how to make this blogger gal smile :)

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  38. I love this dresser! But even more than the dresser I love the hardware! What a cool piece!

    Glad I found your Blog!

    http://portofthoughts.blogspot.com

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  39. I LOVE the idea of using exterior paint on an item that will get tons of use. I should have thought of that when I painted our TV dresser! Great makeover! I especially love the color you chose as well as the cool knobs!!

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  40. What great 'bones' and a gorgeous transformation. Those handles are amazing!
    (sharing this on my FB page later today)

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  41. Amazing transformation. I love that you showed us the primer and paint you used. I have one to paint and know I know what to buy!

    I'm here (and following) from Strut Your Stuff.

    May your day be joyful,
    Pamela

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  42. Holy moly! Just came over from HOH and I am in love with your dresser transformation! Truly spectacular!

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  43. I love this!! Amazing work! You will be featured at my next linky party @ {nifty thrifty sunday}! Come and grab a button if you'd like! :)
    Thank you so much for linking up!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  44. This turned out beautiful! I love those funky handles. And what is this rub n buff stuff? Amazing! I've got to check it out.

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  45. By the way... found you through nifty thrifty things, and I'm your newest follower!

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  46. Alexis- I'm thrilled that you found me, welcome to the family :) And yes, Rub n' Buff is amazing!! You'll love it, I purchase it from Hobby Lobby; hopefully you have one in your area!
    Connie

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  47. Hi Connie! I love this project and would really like to feature it on my blog. Please stop by and let me know if that would be ok.

    BTW - I am also starting my very first link up party called Social Saturdays. Please stop by and check it out. Thanks! :)

    Jamie

    day-and-age-design.com

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  48. I love those knobs! Great job, it looks great!

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  49. Connie, She is not ugly now! The dresser transformation turned out beautiful. I adore the drawer pulls. Thanks for joining the Open House party this week.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  50. Oh my word, I'm so in love with this dresser, it's absolutely adorable and you did a great job on it! Love this!! And I'm slightly jealous. ;)

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  51. Love that hardware!!! And the paint is, of course, amazing!

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  52. Beautiful blue makeover with such unique & pretty hardware!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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  53. I cannot believe how gorgeous your dresser turned out! My jaw dropped when I saw the "before" pic. The drawer pulls are amazing!

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  54. Absolutely gorgeous. What a unique piece! Thanks for linking up.

    :-)
    shaunna

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  55. Amazing! Even if usually see beauty where no one else does, I don't think I would have believed in that dresser.

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  56. Hi! I'm a visiting reader from Country Chic Cottage. Of course I love your projects! What a score on the dresser hardware - very awesome. But, What I really loved about your guest post is your writing. Good content!

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  57. This is such an adorable an unique dresser! Love it all!

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  58. This is amazing! Those handles are AWESOME! So unique. I found you from perfectly imperfect and am a new follower! So glad to find your blog!

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  59. Beautiful dresser and you did a wonderful job! Love the hardware too :) Thanks for linking to BC Good Life Wednesdays

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  60. What a beautiful piece, who knew? Great Job!!!

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  61. Just found your blog via Apartment Therapy! Awesome job on the chest of drawers! I live down in Key West and we have PLENTY of funky stuff people give away or throw to goodwill because come down here so often and don't make it and go back to where they came from. I have been down here for 8 years now and have just found a great tiny apartment above the bar I bartend at and it needs WORK! I am looking forward to reading your blog, older posts included. I bet you have some great tips! Keep it up!

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  62. This is such a lovely Dresser.May I ask what colour you used,I just love the blue shade...great job indeed!
    ...thanks for sharing.

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  63. Thank you Jolea!! I'm thrilled that you found me here @ Salvage Savvy :)

    And @ Tenivi- Thanks! I purchased the paint from Home Depot- it was from the Martha Stewart Collection: Gabardine (MSL271)

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  64. 72 Comments for you now! Congratulations!!!! So excited for you!

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  65. wow!! Looks great! I hopped over from better after and I just LOVE the hardware on this! I think I'd buy it just for that!!!

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  66. It's gorgeous! I love those pulls. So cool. Thanks for linking up!

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  67. Your dresser is gorgeous, I love the colour and those knobs are too cool!

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  68. helloooo how did I miss this?! the color and hardware on this are just amazing.... omg. i want!

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  69. My daughter is moving out and we will need to paint an old dresser for her. Yours turned out super cute. Thanks for sharing pics.

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  70. wow! gorgeous transformation!
    thanks for sharing.

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  71. My brother knew I might like this website. It was thoroughly correct. This publish truly saved me a whole lot of time. You can't visualize just how a great deal time I had used up for this info ! Thanks!

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  72. Featuring you tomorrow during my 2011 Best Furniture Makeovers!

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  73. This is one amazing makeover! It looks fabulous, love the colors, I use rub n buff on small items but never thought of using it for a large expanse of wood. Thanks for the tip.

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  74. This post is what I need. I have lots of old dresser at home that needs to be repainted.

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  75. I think this is *seriously* one of my most favorite make-over pieces EVER. I love everything about this dresser: its lines, that hardware (THAT HARDWARE!!!), the legs, the color. Great, wonderful, terrific job on this.

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  76. Absolutely gorgeous! Hard to believe what it started out looking like but WOW what a beautiful transformation!

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  77. I love this! Sorry, I'm new at this...the tutorial said you used Behr Paint & Primer -- but you also used a color from Martha Stewart's Collection? Did you put that on after you used the Paint & Primer? Thanks!

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    1. Thanks Meghan! It was all one paint, I just chose a Martha Stewart color and they tinted the Behr paint that color- super easy! If you find a paint color that you like, don't feel that you are limited to choosing that brand- any brand can match it. Good question, hope this helps :-)

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  78. Nice job - although looking at the dresser, it seems like the very design of the thing is what mostly makes it beautiful. Where can i get a dresser like that as a starting model lol

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  79. Those dresser handles are amazing! Like metal butterflies

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  80. An amazing makeover and the dresser itself was pretty special even in its before stage. The legs and of course, the handles are incredible. Love the colour combination that you chose.

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  81. Very nice job! I will have to try the rub and buff. Thanks for sharing.

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  82. You did a beautiful job on this! Any idea at all where I could find hardware like the kind on the dresser? They're gorgeous!

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