Refinishing a Dresser

I’ve had a lot of people comment on the dresser in the nursery and how we Ben transformed it. We loved the idea of using a piece of furniture we already had and refinishing it for our little girl! The dresser went from this…
dresser8to this…
dresser9I still can’t believe how great it turned out and how perfect it looks in the nursery! This project began back on a cold February day when Ben decided to use a hand sander he’d gotten for x-mas several years ago and never opened.
dresser5He wiped it down, took off all the hardware and sanded it first with 80 grit sandpaper to rough it up and then with 200 grit paper to smooth things out. This took less than 30 minutes – I think it took us longer to drag it outside!
dresser3Fast forward several months later (after much moaning, groaning and unhelpful nagging comments by an impatient pregnant lady). One Sunday Ben asked me if I would mind if he worked on the dresser in the living room while watching golf… my response, “Of course, go for it!!” Who knew it was that easy?!
dresser2First he pried off the bumpers in order to make the bottom of the dresser completely level. He then secured wood blocks on the underside of the dresser.
dresser1Then Ryan Gosling Ben screwed in $4 fence post caps into the corners and the wood blocks. You can see a lot more details than we documented at this link.
dresser4Next came the very long, drawn out process of priming, painting and sealing the dresser. Ben used 2 coat of Kilz Clean Start zero VOC primer, 3 coats of Olympic zero VOC semi-gloss paint (color matched to SW 7009 Pearly White) and 4 coats of┬ánon-toxic, odor free Safecoat Acrylacq – whew!
dresser6Just when he thought he could call this project DONE, I hesitantly reminded him that we still needed to redo the hardware. Not. A. Happy. Camper. He started by using 400 grit sandpaper to rough them up.
dresser7Then he sprayed 4 thin coats of Rostoleum Universal All-Surface Spray Paint in the oil-rubbed bronze finish and let them dry outside for a few days. I was totally impressed with how well these turned out! I eventually want to do this to every gold doorknob in our house like in this post.
nursery_reveal3And here she is in all her beauty today! I can’t say this was the easiest project in the world, but it’s definitely the statement piece in the nursery! I absolutely love that Ben stuck with this and worked so hard on it. He MUST love me and his little girl because he does not enjoy DIY like I do:) What do y’all think?

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2 responses to “Refinishing a Dresser

  1. This is so cute! I love it!

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