Furniture Restoration And How To Paint Furniture - Mending an Old Dresser
Restoring an old piece of furniture can be a fun and easy project and a great way to save money. This hub outlines the process I went through in revitalizing a dresser that is over 100 years old. The supplies were relatively inexpensive and minimal tools were required.
- Jasco Paint Remover
- Putty Knife
- Wood Filler
Paint Removal & Hole Filling
Step 1: The first part of the process was to strip the old paint and fill all the holes with wood filler. I removed the old wooden pulls that were cracked. I used Jasco Paint Remover to remove as much old paint as I could. I used an old paintbrush to apply the paint remover, let it sit for about 10-15 minutes, and then scraped it off with a putty knife. I allowed the dresser to dry for an hour then used wood filler to fill in the holes from the old wooden pulls. I also filled in other imperfections and allowed the filler to dry for a few hours. There was some paint around the keyholes where I used paint remover and a screwdriver and managed to remove almost all the paint. I added a few extra nails as well to ensure the dresser was stable. Some parts felt a bit loose, so the nails helped structurally enhance the dresser.
Dresser Stripped, Filled, Sanded, and Cleaned
Supplies For Cleaning & Painting
- S-L-X Denatured Alcohol
- Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer
- Behr Premium Plus Latex Paint - Semi-Gloss
- Purdy XL Nylon Polyester Brush
Sanding & Cleaning
Step 2: The next step of the process was to prepare the dresser for paint. I used a handheld rotary sander that was borrowed and sanded every flat surface. I used sandpaper by hand for the rounded surfaces of the dresser as not to create any abnormal shape. The areas where i used the wood filler sanded down nicely and I had a smooth surface to paint. I removed all the dust with a dry cloth and then wiped down every surface with S-L-X Denatured Alcohol. The alcohol evaporated quickly and after about 15 minutes, the dresser was ready for paint.
Primer & Paint
Step 3: The next step was to prime the dresser. I used a basic white primer and applied a single coat so no imperfections would show through when applying paint. I allowed the primer to dry for 24 hours.
Step 4: After the primer had dried, I was ready to apply the paint. I chose to paint the inside of the drawers as they had been previously painted, but leaving bare wood is more traditional. I applied a thin coat of paint to each surface, taking care around the edges and avoiding running paint. I allowed the first coat to dry for 24 hours, then applied a second coat for optimal coverage. When the second coat had dried, we were ready to install the new pulls.
Dresser Primed and PaintedClick thumbnail to view full-size
Installing Pulls and Replacing Drawers
Step 5: The final step was to install new pulls. As the old pulls were cracked and worn, I found some great pulls at Antrhopologie. I measured evenly on each side of the drawer and drilled a small hole taking care not to drill through the wood filler. I tightened all 6 pulls and replaced the drawers. The dresser sits right near out bed and adds great color to the room. It's nice to have reused such an old piece of furniture and customize its look to match out room décor.