In the last few days, I have received several emails and comments asking for a “how to” on how I paint my furniture. Honestly, every piece is different but typically we do the same few steps. I will use my dresser redo
to explain things since that is where the majority of the questions came from! You gals are so sweet with all of the compliments!
For this piece, it was a dark wood with a glossy lacquer of some sort over top. I started by lightly sanding the dresser to remove some of that shiny junk off… I know, I sound so professional 😉 Then, I wiped off the dust from sanding. This roughened up the wood a bit and since I was using spray paint, I wanted it to stick really well. I also recommend using Gloss Off. You can get it from Home Depot and it helps the paint adhere better.
Next, I removed all the hardware and put it in a sandwich baggie so I didn’t lose anything. Losing screws and hardware = not cool. Not like I’ve lost any in the middle of a project or anything 😉
Next, I took all of the drawers and put them “face up” in the grass (I like to spray in the grass because once you mow the grass all your paint goes bye-bye and you have no overspray issues or clean-up! Sa-weeeet!
I gave all of the drawers two coats of KILZ Spray Primer. In my opinion, the BEST spray primer available and one can costs around $4 and it goes a long way. I believe I used 2 cans to prime all the drawers and the dresser. It really is the best stuff!
The only issue I have found with this primer is that it can leave a little gritty texture once it dries so I used a shop rag and rubbed it off. It worked great! However, I have found that if you shake the can for 2-3 minutes (a really long time when you’re shaking the can!) You don’t, typically end up with the gritty texture when it dries. If you still get a gritty texture, run a piece of fine sandpaper over it to smooth it out.
This may be a good job for little ones that want to help Mommy! Just make sure to watch the kiddos around spray paint obviously. 😉
While the primer dried, I worked on the hardware. I laid the hardware on a plastic drop cloth and sprayed it with 2 coats of Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.
Then, while the hardware dried, I went back to the grass to paint! PS. I live in Arizona and I painted at 1:00pm in the middle of July in 114 degree heat. I am NOT exaggerating! That’s how much I wanted to finish this and that’s when my little boys take their naps so I didn’t have much of a choice! That being said, the paint dried VERY quickly!
Next came the paint! I always use Krylon or Rustoleum double cover spray paint. Krylon has an amazing nozzle for spraying weird angles but Rustoleum has awesome coverage. Both are great!
I used Krylon Ivory for the base and Krylon Black for the top. I learned a great painting technique by watching this video
. I really think it is the best way. This is the technique I used for painting this dresser and I do the same on every spray paint project.
For the top of the dresser, I taped up a piece of cardboard to the base of the top, to protect the ivory and painted the top black. I wish I had a picture of how I did this to show you because it really worked well. Sorry loves!
After the paint dried, I used a sanding block to distress the edges.
Finally, I used a smooth paint roller like the one below to roll a coat or two of Polycrylic over the top to protect the black surface.
Finally, reattach your hardware and jump for joy that you are done! Your furniture will thank you for bringing it back to life!
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