Dresser Refinish Project

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fin-wideTiff’s dad brought down some old furniture for us to possibly use and we saw some potential in one dresser beneath the yellow laminate finish it currently had. Here is the process I followed to get this dresser sanded down, painted and distressed. It is my first refinishing project and I’m really proud of it, though I’m sure my process is not up to the quality standards of more experienced people.

Here is a photo of what it looked like before. The pictures don’t really do the yellow laminate justice, but the handles being in various states and colors is clearly visible. (The chickens would not leave me alone until the sander started up)

pre-dresser2I started one saturday morning by sanding all the laminate surface down to the wood beneath. (at first I was hopeful there may be good looking wood to stain beneath, but it was not)
pre-sandingBelow is the sanded dresser, ready for painting.

pre-sandingdoneWe used a white paint with a satin finish

pre-painting2The painted dresser, drying.

pre-paintingThis photo is during the distressing process. I used a sanding block to save my fingers from getting rubbed raw.

pre-distressingWe used a Dark Mohogany stain to complete the distressing process.

pre-distressingstainThis Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray did a great job of coating the hardware in two coats. We used an Oil Rubbed Bronze color for our dresser.

2013-03-03 15.18.18Here is a finished draw pull installed back onto the dresser.

fin-handleThis is the completed, distressed and painted dresser in our bedroom.

fin-dresserIf you have any questions about my process or comments on what I did wrong or could have done better, I’d love to hear it below.

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