Hello, lovely readers. I recently delved into the world of furniture refinishing. And let me tell you, I never thought refinishing dresser would be so fun!
I found this cute little faux apothecary chest/dresser at a thrift shop, and I got it for a bargain – $17, can you believe it?!
However, it was a bit scuffed up. I had to figure out how to refinish a dresser so it would match my house!
So the first step in refinishing a dresser or in repainting any wood furniture really, is you’ve got to really sand it. Look at that sander! Once you’ve got your own sander, you know you’re in deep. Once you have your own refinishing tools, you’ve traveled down that crafting road from which you can never return. You have the power! But with great power comes great responsibility.
Okay, I might be exaggerating a little bit, but once you started buying power tools for your crafting, you’re going to want to buy every piece of furniture you can find and then repaint it.
After removing all of the hardware I gave the dresser a thorough sanding with my awesome power sander. Then I painted it with a multi-surface spray paint. My favorite place to buy spray paint is Home Depot, but you can also find a wide variety of colors at Michael’s, Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, etc. Just make sure when you buy it you check and see what surfaces it will work on.
I believe this color is colonial red.
So far, so good. I had already done all of the above steps before. But now I wanted to refurbish the dresser. I thought it should look a little distressed to match the faux apothecary-ness of it.
I bought some Valspar antiquing glaze to distress the dresser. This is the part that’s a little trial and error. I started with the drawers and painted on a medium coat. I waited about 5 minutes and then wiped it off with a clean cloth. I didn’t quite achieve the level of antiquey-ness that I wanted. So I repainted the glaze on the drawer and this time let it set for 10 minutes. That ended up being perfect, so I glazed the rest of the dresser.
When you’re wiping the antiquing glaze off, remember to use a clean cloth. Paper towels won’t really do it, because there’s so much glaze that you’re wiping off. You want an absorbent cloth that’s clean and dry.
After the dresser was dry, I put all the dresser pulls back on. And voila!
The before and after: