A few weeks ago, my friend Lorena contacted me about refinishing a dresser that belonged to her Grandmother. She wanted to paint it to cover the scratches and to brighten it up since it now belongs to her little girl.
She was excited to get this project going now that they are redecorating her daughters room and painting the walls purple. It is a beautiful shade of purple and I think her decision to paint the dresser white was a good one. It will really stand out against the purple paint.
You can see all the scratches on the dresser before it was painted. It really is a beautiful, classic piece of furniture!
I started by lightly scuffing the finish on the surface. I did not sand the surface all the way to the bare wood and when I am painting, I never do. A good scuffing is all it needs before covering it with primer. I covered it with Kilz primer before painting. Kilz gives it a good strong surface to paint over. Once again, I used Benjamin Moore’s Waterborne Satin Impervo for this project. It’s an acrylic latex paint that is so durable and holds up well to washing and scrubbing. We used this same paint for our kitchen cabinets and it still looks fantastic almost four years later. If it can hold up to all the wear and tear that kitchen cabinets have, I know it will hold up well in everyday use for a small child.
The most exciting part of this project was spray painting the drawer pulls. Rust-Oleum has a shiny gold metallic finish spray paint that turned out so pretty! I did cover the gold pulls with their clear enamel finish to give it a stronger surface…now they are ready to be handled by a two-year-old!
Lorena had the idea to paint the pulls gold so they would closely match her daughter’s brass bed. It was a great idea…
The paint certainly made the dresser much brighter, but the gold pulls make it shine. I absolutely love how the dresser looks now and I think Lorena will be happy with it too. I can’t wait to see how it will look against the purple paint and with the brass bed!
The satin impervo paint really gave the dresser a nice finish….
How about a closer look at the gold pulls…aren’t they beautiful?
I will soon post the tutorial on how I spray painted these ring pulls for a “part two” of this project. I hope you enjoy the updated look of this old dresser!