I recently acquired some 1980’s dressers from my fiancé’s aunt. The outside looked like this…
… a laminated-type blonde patterned mess.
The drawers were filled with mismatched contact paper.
But, structure of the dresser was perfect, and the inside wood looked brand-new as if it were right off the factory line. I was super excited to find that out. It meant all these dressers needed was a paint job and they would look brand-new!
So, I got started by pulling out all the drawers and taking off the hardware. My kitties decided I was making a kitty organizer.
I followed the advice of several Pinterest posts and bought some Zinsser water-based primer (with the blue label) at Walmart. What I love about this primer is that it has no VOCs and no odor, making it safe to use in the basement where I was doing this project.
Using a cheap roller and paint tray from Walmart, I rolled on a coat of primer, let it dry for a day, and rolled on a second coat. Make sure that you use an absolutely DRY roller for each coat. I made the mistake of using the one from the previous day, and it still had water imbedded in it from washing it. For this reason, I suggest getting at least 2 or 3 roller pads/tubes for the project.
After letting the primer dry for a day, I put on a coat of interior semi-gloss paint. I chose semi-gloss because I’ve read that it’s the best type of paint for a high traffic area. My dresser top is definitely a high traffic area with belt buckles and baskets scraping on top. Roll on a coat, let it dry for a day, then roll on the second coat. Once again, make sure your roller brush is dry!
Finally, I spray painted the handles with silver Krylon spray paint. Nothing fancy.
Now here’s where I really screwed up. Notice right under the top drawers is a ledge made visible because the drawers are curved.
I forgot to paint those! Also, I had planned to completely remove the ugly outdated feet. But when I put the dresser on its back (after having carried it from the basement all the way to the second floor) I found out they can’t be easily removed. I would literally have to Saws-All it off, and that wasn’t happening.
In a pinch, I grabbed my silver spray paint, an empty plastic butter bowl from the recycling, and a foam brush. I laid down a tarp under the dresser, right in the middle of my bedroom. I went outside, sprayed the paint into the container, and raced in and painted the ledges and feet. I had to do this several times because the spray paint dried extremely quickly in the container. That was actually a good thing because, using this process, it also dried extremely quickly on the dresser and I was able to immediately start using it!
One thing I learned from this is to double-check where you need to paint before you paint and after you think you are finished. Also, spray paint will melt styrofoam! So, don’t use a styrofoam plate.
Here’s the finished product: