Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bedroom update: Painted dresser

I am elated to finally share with you my newly painted dresser!  It's my first big painting project, and I am so pleased with the result!


Here's the before:


It had great lines, but was fairly well worn.  There were lots of dings, scrapes and other issues like this gunky mess.  Eew.


Originally I had planned on stripping and restaining it, but decided to lighten it up for our dark brown bedroom by painting it white.

Warning:  DIY info ahead.  If you're only interested in pretty pictures, just ignore all the words.

The first step was to give the whole dresser a good sanding to scuff up the finish.  I used a power tool, if you can believe it.  Jason got me all set up with our palm sander (which had not been used in almost 10 years), and I went to town.  Some might say I was a little over zealous!  In the areas of the dresser that are more detailed, I used a sanding sponge.  Once it was all sanded, I tried to repair as many holes and dings as I could with wood putty.

 
 

After more sanding and filling, eventually I got to the step of priming.  I had a great latex primer on hand already, so I used that.  This is what happened:


For those of you who don't know, it's called tannin bleed.  Tannin is a chemical from the natural wood that was extracted to the surface because of the water in the latex primer.  It's common with certain species of wood, including mahogany.  I had heard of it but hadn't remembered to keep the wood species in mind before I used the latex primer.  Lesson learned (and not my first of the project).  I switched to an oil-based primer instead, as recommended by furniture refinisher Natty by Design.  I sent her a panic email but she reassured me that it's okay to use oil primer on top of latex primer and that all would be well.

The oil-based primer showed off more imperfections, so I did more filling and sanding and filling and sanding.  Then I sprayed on a couple more coats of primer.  Stinky stuff.

Finally it was time to get the actual paint on there!  The only issue is that I was using a paint sprayer for the first time, so I had a few spots where I sprayed the paint too heavily, which resulted in drips.  I did a lot of sanding to correct my mistakes, which I could not see until they dried because my workspace is our  basement, which has horrible lighting.  Another lesson learned.

I think I used three coats of paint.  Had to let it dry 24 hours before I could put on the protective polyurethane finish.  I ended up using 4 coats of poly, mainly because I knew the top would get a lot of wear and tear.  After the final coat of poly had dried for 24 hours, I put the hardware back on.  It's amazing how the light paint makes the hardware look darker than it did against the dark mahogany.

By the way, I'm in love with my paint sprayer.  It works for primer, paint and poly.  The primer and paint have to be thinned out which is kinda a pain, but the poly is thin enough to go through the sprayer as is.  Either way, it's easier and quicker than rolling and/or brushing on several layers of primer, paint and poly.  My next project will go even more smoothly now that I'm getting a little more used to it.

Again, here's the before:


And the rejuvenated and brightened after:




It's a Hepplewhite reproduction mahogany bow-front dresser with a valance skirt and French flared feet.  The oval French brass pulls have just the right amount of patina.  Did all that furniture-speak make me sound smart?  The Mr. likes to know the history of a piece, so I thought I'd at least research the design details even if I wouldn't be able to track down where the dresser had been since its birth.



 

A big shout out to Kate at Centsational Girl for her many tutorials that I've pored over, which taught me about Floetrol (which I used to thin my paint for the sprayer) as well as the steps to complete a project like this and the required time to wait (patiently or not) between steps.  And many thanks to Natty by Design for inspiring me to purchase and use a paint sprayer (power tool #2 on this project!) and for talking me off the ledge during my tannin bleed incident.

Next on the furniture painting list is a makeover of two pieces to be used as nightstands in our master bedroom.


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49 comments:

  1. Okay. I'm going to take advantage of all of the research I'm sure you did to get here. Do you recommend a particular sprayer? :)

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  2. Oh and also...I love this. I'm quite impressed with you.

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  3. That looks great Hollie!

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  4. @Lydia The paint sprayer I used is the Wagner Control Spray Double Duty HVLP Paint Sprayer, which I purchased at Home Depot. It's for smaller jobs -- like not painting entire rooms or houses, but great for furniture or other small jobs. It's the only one I ever used so I can't compare it with anything, but I'm happy with my purchase.

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  5. It's beautiful, Hollie! I have an old dresser we use as a buffet in the dining room. I'm so torn as to whether to paint it or not. Seeing this tips the scales a little in favor of painting! lol

    I had to come over to see your kitchen - it's gorgeous! I love all-white and if it hadn't been for my husband's opinion...my kitchen would look like yours! lol

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity. Look forward to seeing more!

    Roeshel

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  6. A beautiful refurbishing. Well done!

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  7. That is beautiful. I love it in white with the dark handles. Lots of hard work, but what great results. Thanks for sharing this at WUW.

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  8. That's a beauty! The white just makes it shine, and the dark handles give it the pop! Thanks for sharing at Show & Tell. I "followed" your blog.

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  9. You did a great job! It is beautiful!

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  10. Wow! Your dresser is beautiful. I've been looking for a used dresser for our bedroom to re-do. Haven't found one yet. Found you through All Things Inspired. Just became your newest follower. I'm visiting from Laurie's Little Bits of Creativity, etc.
    http://lauriescreativecorner.blogspot.com/

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  11. Very lovely! I have a very very similar dresser that I bought long ago, before I knew there were such things as filling dents & repainting!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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  12. Thank you for coming to my blog from a party link! I'm so glad to have found you....it looks like we have very similar styles!
    Stacy

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  13. I keep seeing these amazing makeovers of this style of dresser...why hasn't one shown up in MY area yet?? Yours is amazing.

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  14. Love this! Thanks for all the tips and step by step help, I'm wanting to do my dresser soon and am so nervous I'll ruin it! Found you at Lil' Luna!

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  15. I love beautiful, functional items. You worked hard to transform this hidden treasure into something magnificent (and with so much storage)!
    Great job!
    Laurel
    www.abundantempress.blogspot.com

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  16. Gorgeous! I love that you left the handles the dark color. It is a timeless pieces that just needed a little brightening up. Perfect.

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  17. I just wanted to let you know that I will feature this beautiful makeover at tomorrow's {nifty thrifty sunday} linky party!! You really did an amazing job on it!
    Thank you so much for sharing it last week!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow! :)
    xoxo from Germany,
    Vanessa

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  18. beautiful makeover! nice job on the lowdown of how you put it all together. I'd love to get a sprayer soon- I will keep that one in mind when I'm ready :) Miss Mustard Seed has some great tutorials on furniture painting too if you're ever wanting more ideas. She's amazing! Thanks so much for linking to Transformations and Treasures!

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  19. Beautiful ~ I love it! and I especially like that you didn't distress it ~ seems everybody is all about distressing these days, but I personally love a nice solid shiny piece!

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  20. Oooh! I sprayer would make refinishing so much easier! This piece is gorgeous. Thanks for including a link in your comment on my similar dresser and vanity!

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  21. It's beautiful! You're braver than I, with putting poly in a sprayer! I would dread the cleanup. :)
    thanks for linking up and linking back, "catching" you this week,
    gail

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  22. that dresser is beautiful! and your home is the style of my dream home.... a craftsman bungalow! i love it!

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  23. I love how the handles just pop off the white!! Good job!

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  24. This dresser is gorgeous! I love the style! I've been wanting to try out a paint sprayer - I never even though of putting the poly in it! Great job!

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  25. This piece is great. I love the curves and the white really makes it stand out. Congrats on a great job:)

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  26. This is great, Holly! Very impressive!!!! I have some bookcases to paint then I can start painting a table that I've had for 10 years waiting to be done. This post is inspirational!

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  27. I love it!! Ditto to the other comments - brilliant perfection.

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  28. This is a fabulous makeover! I see so many familiar faces in the comments and your followers section. Now i see why! Im about to become your newest follower. Cant wait to read more:)
    xo

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  29. I love this! I want to re-do a dresser like this so bad. Great job. Thanks for sharing!
    http://lovegrowsathome.blogspot.com/

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  30. Awesome! All your hard work paid off. I love the lines of this piece--so glad you rescued it! The hardware really pops with the white. Love it! I'm re-doing a desk right now and wish I had a sprayer! Are they expensive??

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  31. This is beautiful! I love that style of dresser!

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  32. Looks fantastic! You gave the dresser a new life!

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  33. Totally awesome post. Your attention to detail is amazing and so appreciated. The end result is stunning and you should be extremely proud of yourself! I found your link at Domestically Speaking...I'm a new follower. Thanks for sharing!

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  34. @I'm Busy Procrastinating

    DId you get the paint at Home Depot as well? I love the color, could you share the formula or paint name?

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  35. Thank you for posting these instructions. I'm going to attempt my first spray painting project and I can use all the help I can get.

    Your dresser looks beautiful. I'm glad you didn't distress it or use other aging techniques. It's perfect.
    ~ Suzi

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  36. @Anonymous Suzi, thanks for mentioning that you like it without distressing. Most furniture re-dos I see on blogs involve distressing, but it's just not my thing!

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  37. @hduich Glad you like the soft white color. It's Toasted Almond by Behr at Home Depot. I picked it to be as close to our trim color as I could find.

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    1. I was recently trying to get a new batch of Toasted Almond by Behr, and the friendly paint folks at Home Depot swear they've never had a Behr color named that. Come to find out, I have been calling it Toasted Almond (the name of my favorite adult beverage), but it's actually Toasted Marshmallow. Oops!

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  38. Oh what a beautiful restyle!!

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  39. Absolutely beautiful. I love it! I'm glad I found this page. Now I've got the motivation (and the courage) to ... well, 'stop procrastinating' and finally paint my dresser. Thank you!

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  40. Love the job you've done here! I t looks fantastic and is providing with much needed inspiration, not to mention information! Thanks!

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  41. I love this! It's fabulous! You mentioned that you have to thin out the paint- how do you do that?

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  42. Kader -- There are a couple things I've used. Kate @ Censational Girl recommends Floetrol for latex paints or Penetrol for oil-based paints. Those products are supposed to extend the drying time, helping the paint settle and flatten before drying, giving a smoother finish. It works when using a paintbrush too. I also use water to thin the paint. You can use one or the other, or a combination of both. Floetrol or Penetrol don't affect the color of your paint, but thinning it with a lot of water could, so just be sure to add only as much as you need. Most paint sprayers should come with instructions on how to tell if it's thin enough.

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  43. I LOVE LOVE LOVEEE this!! What a beautiful dresser, and you did such an amazing job! It looks gorgeous, seriously,I'm in love (if you didn't catch that the first three times :). I'm considering getting a sprayer as well, how has yours held up since you bought it? I'm wondering if they're easy to clean, and if they get clogged a lot?

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  44. I found your blog through DIY Showoff, I love your dresser and what you have done with your master bedroom!

    New follower!
    Kim @ www.mylifeincolorblog.com

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  45. Where did you get the sprayer and about how much was it. I have the exact same dresser with the tall dresser as well. They were my great grandmother's, which I'd like to keep but make it my own in a silver-grayish type color. Info on the sprayer would be nice. I've been considering the one from the tv commercials.

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    1. Hello, Anitra. Several people have asked me lately about my paint sprayer, and I thought I had posted about it at one time or another, but apparently not. Looks like I have a post topic for the near future!

      This is the one I use:
      http://www.amazon.com/Wagner-0518050-Control-Double-Sprayer/dp/B001JEPEES/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1343598051&sr=8-4&keywords=wagner+hvlp+paint+sprayer

      I bought it at Home Depot, but couldn't find it on their website just now. I don't know what sprayer you see in TV commercials.

      Keep in mind that low-end sprayers like mine require you to water down your paint. It can be tricky to get the consistency just right so it goes through the sprayer. Poly or stain are fine because they are very thin, but paint is too thick to go through as-is. The good news is that you don't go through much paint, so even a quart goes a long way.

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  46. I love your after! I have nearly the same dresser and am loving the white! I think I will spray my hardware black and it will be beautifully black and white!

    Cheers,
    Julia
    It's Always Ruetten

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