I couple months ago I posted this little dresser I found at my local Salvation Army. I finally refinished it earlier this month and now it’s my nightstand. It has really turned out to be one of my favorite thrift store finds now that it got a facelift. I had promised I would share more about the refinishing process. So, here’s the how-to.
I’ll try to make this as simple and easy to follow as possible.
1. SAND – Remove all hardware and take apart the piece as much as possible. There is no substitute for sanding. Take a power sanding and run it over all the surfaces to smooth out any imperfections. You do not need to remove all the finish, just rough up the surface a bit so the primer has something to stick to.
2. DUST – remove all dust with a tack cloth. The paint won’t lay down and adhere well if their are particles on the surface.
3. PRIME – paint one coat of primer on, I use Zinsser Cover Stain Oil-Base Primer Primer (purchased at Home Depot). It’s the best! It is oil based and bonds fantastically and dries super fast.
4. SAND – sand super lightly with a piece of sand paper when the primer is good and dry (overnight is best).
5. DUST – tack cloth the entire piece again.
6. PAINT – I like Rustoleum’s Painter’s Touch (for this dresser I used Dark Grey and Heirloom White). It took two coats of to get good coverage. I learned from my dad to put on a light coat and then go back and do another coat. Putting it on thick to start with does not work as well, you can get yucky drips and bubbles.