Tuesday, August 30, 2011

How to Refinish a Dresser

Ever want to refinish a dresser? For the past few months I've been dying to give this old bureau a new look:
So first I sanded the whole dresser down with medium grit sandpaper:

It was a little dusty and took a good amount of elbow grease (close up of half finish drawer):

After I got most of the finish off of the bureau I wiped it down with a slightly damp rag and then dried it with a clean rag.

Then I got to painting. It took about four coats of Behr paint and primer in one (I wasn't impressed with this paint on this...)

I am still looking for the "right" handles - so in the meantime I spray painted the original handles black!

And finally, the finished product! I love the way it turned out - and I actually don't even mind the original handles (now that they are painted)

(and closeup:)

Have you ever refinished a dresser? Are you working on any new DIY projects? Let me know!

3 gave me some sugar:

Christina said...

Not working on anything at the moment, but over the summer we refinished a dresser and desk for my daughters room. She helped (she's 8) with the sanding and painting, she loved it! She loved picking out the hardware too, we had a lot of fun.

katy said...

The dresser looks fabulous! I might try something like this with a wooden bench we have that the finish looks awful

Jen said...

Love the new look of your dresser! I just finished painting a kitchen table and chairs. Nothing like a good coat (or 4) of fresh paint to make something look brand new.