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How to Paint an Old Dresser: Step by Step Guide
Old Dresser in Need of a Makeover
Most people would see this old dresser and get rid of it when trying to update their décor. I have a much cheaper solution...PAINT!
Transforming an Ugly Dresser into a Beautiful White Dresser
Look at what just a little paint, sandpaper, ribbons and buttons can do! You wouldn't even recognize this piece of furniture.
After! A Shabby Chic Dresser with Ribbon Pulls
Step by Step Guide to Painting Furniture
I started out by sanding and priming (I used Kilz primer). This part is the most important. The sanding just needs to be enough so that the paint has something to stick to, but I did 2 coats of primer to make sure I had ever inch covered.
Then I added a little bit of paint conditioner to my paint and started painting away. The paint conditioner really helps to eliminate the appearance of brush strokes. I used a small foam roller over the large parts and a regular brush to get in the corners. I ended up doing 3 coats of paint since I was going from such a dark color to an off white.
After the paint dried I used my sandpaper to distress the edges a bit.
I didn't want to spend the money on all new hardware, so I just used ribbons for the pulls. It is so simple...just tie each side of the ribbon on the inside of the drawer and they hold perfectly, no matter how hard you pull. The key to this step is using wide ribbon.
I had 2 little holes from the previous hardware on the top two drawers. Instead of filling and painting over them, I picked up a coulple brown buttons and just hot glued them on.
When everything was complete I just sprayed the top of the dresser with some polyurethane so that it would protect it.