Bedroom Dresser

There’s a project I totally forgot to share with you! It’s a no big deal sort of project so I guess that’s why I forgot, but I’ll share it with you now!

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I painted this dresser in our bedroom! The dresser actually has a pretty neat story. My dad built the dresser over 30 years ago when he and my mom were expecting their first child. It since then was in the nursery for  my sisters and I. The dresser was hanging out in his basement, and he gave it to us when we needed a dresser for this spot in our bedroom. It’s really cool that my dad built it and we wanted to hang on to it, but the color just didn’t feel right for us. So I painted it.

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After sanding, I primed and painted. It’s always a bit scary looking after the first coat.

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After 30 years of use, there were a few cracks and gaps like this. Simple paintable caulk makes for a clean gap free dresser once painted.

While this was a simple little project, it did require patience. A nice paint job requires ample drying time between coats. I painted 4 coats of Valspar Paint Plus Primmer in Ultra white over the course of a few days. The longer you give between coats, the more durable your paint job will be.

People do ask about my painting techniques quite a bit so here’s a little refresher. I prefer to paint furniture with a brush. I find I like the look of subtle brush strokes instead of the shuttle bubbled finish of a piece painted with a roller. Although, I have had success using one of those small foam rollers. It’s just a matter of preference. When using a brush, pay close attention to you brush strokes. Brush in one direction,and apply thin coats. Be sure to check corners and edges. This is where I find I tend to have drips and funky brush strokes most often. Let each coat dry several hours before applying a new coat. I generally like to wait a minimum of 6+ hours between coats, but I often go ahead and let coats dry overnight. I typically caulk anything that needs it after the first coat of paint has dried. It’s easier to see what will need caulk after a coat of paint. Let the caulk dry for a couple of hours before moving on to the next coat of paint. If it’s a piece of furniture I want a really smooth coat of paint on, I often lightly sand between coats. If sanding between coats is involved, you want to be sure to let the coat of paint dry overnight first. Use a very light grit sand paper. The package of sandpaper will often specify that it’s for sanding between coats of paint. The same as for painting, sand in one direction. Wipe the piece down and move on to your next coat of paint. After the last coat of paint, I wait at least overnight before I replace hardware, doors, or drawers.

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There it is painted, and you might also notice I painted the bedroom walls white. Surprise, surprise! I also painted our dog-scratched door. I had already painted the exterior of the door but hadn’t get gotten to the inside. It now matches it’s black exterior. We need to clean up the hardware at some point, but who knows when we will get to that.

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Our bedroom is slowly, but surely, coming together…one little project at a time.

Still waiting patiently for the closet doors, but feeling hopeful it will be coming soon-ish.

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