Painting furniture, no matter the finish, is always a daunting task to me. I'm not real sure why. Probably because one summer when I was 12, it took me three whole months to paint one dresser, because my mom kept "forgetting" to get me more sandpaper. So, from then on, working with furniture has always been a much bigger task in my mind then it is in reality.
Also, yes I was 12 and refinishing my bedroom furniture. #noregrets
So there I was again, staring at a pile of sandpaper and cans of paint. The sight brought me back to those hot lunch and braces, middle school days.
Totally kidding. As you can tell, my life has zero drama, so I have to manufacture it where I can.
-Sandpaper: We used a 60 grit sandpaper because I wanted a heavy sand. You could probably use 60-80 depending on your specific piece of furniture, but I wouldn't go any higher, because you really want to make the paint easy to adhere to.
-Desired paint: We used leftover paint from another project. It's best to choose a satin or a semi-gloss finish. Matte will show fingerprints easily.
-Desired Drawer pulls
Step One: Sanding
You are not gonna want to skip this step. You must sand your furniture down, in order to create a gritty surface for the paint to adhere to. I know it's a pain in the butt, but you gotta do it. So put your big girl panties on, and get at it. (Was I writing this more for myself than you? Possibly)
Let me save you some time and under-your-breath cussing, and say, just go get an electric sander. Or borrow one from a friend. Or find out if your town has a tool rental service. Whatever you do, for heaven's sake, don't hand sand this. (hello drama my old friend)
Tip: Sand WITH the wood grain. Sanding cross grain tears the wood fibers and will make scratches more apparent.
Step Two: Painting
See, that wasn't so hard. What were you complaining about?
Now, we're ready to paint. Allow the first coat to dry completely, and then add a second.
As you can see, I originally planned to stain the dresser, but after getting a small patch of stain on there, I quickly realized that paint was going to be a better option.
Step Three: Installing New Pulls
Following the directions on the package, install the new pulls. These we're semi-handmade using old comics and cheap pulls. To find out how I made them, click here.
The whole project took less than a day of active working, and because we had a lot of the materials already, it was pretty cost effective as well!
But more importantly, this little guy LOVES it!
PS: He cut his hair himself. 🤦 Send hair gel.
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