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Facelift Series: Repainting Furniture

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Redoing furniture

The “I Spent All My Money on Rent but I Still Need Furniture” Solution

Tools & Materials:

  • Sander/sandpaper
  • Warm soapy water and a washcloth
  • Odorless oil-base primer
  • Latex paint
  • Screwdriver
  • Dropcloth
  • Paint Roller
  • Paint Tray
  • Paint brush
  • New handles (if you want)

Believe it or not, I have had this bedroom furniture since the day I was born. Sure, I’ve upgraded my bed, but the dressers have always been around. After moving into a downtown apartment, my budget for new furniture is limited so I am repurposing some old furniture. It looks like the dressers are here to stay, but not without a face lift.

I ran a few blocks down the road to my local hardware store and picked up the materials listed above.

Repainting Furniture - Sanding Surface

I removed the drawers and hardware and sanded the surface to remove any finish that survived the 26 years I’ve had it.

Repainting Furniture - Washing

I washed the dresser with soapy water to remove any dust and dirt.

I bought new handles that didn’t match the same openings so I used dowel rods and wood putty to fill in the old holes and sanded them down.

Repainting Furniture - Patching and Filling Holes

*TIP: Don’t do what I did. As you can plainly see I primed the drawers before I patched the holes. Save yourself some time and patch THEN paint.

Repainting Furniture - Priming Surface

After the dresser was dry and the holes were patched, I applied the oil-based primer to any surface that would be visible. I suggest using the no-odor to save yourself a headache. I was working in an air-conditioned garage so I had limited ventilation. For most of the work, I used the paint roller to get a smooth finish. I had to use the paint brush for smaller, tricky areas and corners. I applied two coats letting the paint dry thoroughly between application.

Repainting Furniture - Painting

When applying the paint, I started with a brush and painted the edges and corners.

Repainting Furniture - Painting Roller

Finally I used the roller and painted the majority of the surface.

Repainting Furniture - Finished Dresser

Once dry, I drilled holes and installed my new handles. Bing, Bang, Boom….Chabby Chic Dresser!

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Whitney Daulton
More about Whitney Daulton

Whitney is the art director at NRHA and oversees the development, branding and design for all of the association’s magazines, marketing campaigns and websites. She spends a lot of time with her staff looking for new ideas to keep the association up to speed with the latest design trends and technology. She enjoys spending time in the cultural district, downtown Indianapolis finding unique items at small shops, trying local restaurants and biking or walking her two small dogs on the trails around the city. Her love of downtown convinced her to move into a vintage townhouse apartment with her best friend just a couple blocks from her favorite shops in the area. Living so close to shopping and fine dining has made a dent in her budget, but Whitney still looks for ways to make her apartment warm and inviting. White walls are forbidden in her household, so she has been using her weekends to update the apartment without spending a lot of money and sticking to the boundaries of her lease agreement. Not always easy. She believes that color and style are the keys to a happy, comfortable home!

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