Friday, December 2, 2011

My First Furniture Upcycle...Day 331

I {LOVE} the look of painted furniture...LOVE! The girls were in need of some more storage in their room and we had an extra dresser in the garage...perfect opportunity!

Since I had never painted furniture before, I decided to document the process :o) What's new? Ha!

Here's what we started with...

First (and most obvious) step was to clean the dresser :o) Next, we sanded it with 220 grit sandpaper...

..and cleaned it again...with a damp rag...and then moved it to the girls' room...
It actually looked pretty good at this point...who knew! We then removed the hardware and it was finally time to get started!!!!

Next...PRIMER! I read good things about Kilz primer so we used that.

No turning back now! I applied one coat, waited {a very long 45 minutes} and applied a second.

Next, paint! We had some left over paint in the garage that matches the trim in our house so we used that. I don't have the exact color because it is a color match from's an interior semi-gloss...

Obviously, the top was left unpainted since I had another plan for the top.

Just to be safe, I applied two coats of paint. Next...the top! Sweet hubby took care of this part for me. He used Minwax Polyshades in Bombay Mahogany Gloss...

He applied one coat and waiting overnight and then sanded it with steel wool and applied a second coat...

I just love how it turned out!

Before and After...

...and the mirror...

As you can see in the reflection, we liked the way the dresser turned out and decided to move in the chest of drawers and do it too!

Before and After...

I can't wait for the next project...I am looking for an armoire to store my craft supplies...I WILL distress that one...can't wait! Stay turned!


Renee said...

What a HUGE difference! I liked it before, but I LOVE it after! Beautiful!

Nancy said...

Looks beautiful!

Neil, Amy and The Girls said...

Thanks Renee and Nancy!!