Midwest #7: The Dresser Facelift Project

Midwest #7: The Dresser Facelift Project

Janel Laban
Jan 25, 2008

Name: Jenna
Location: Chicago
Time: 3 days
Cost: $50.

Jenna says, "This dresser was a WalMart purchase 8 years ago when I first moved out on my own. It has held up well but was in need of a facelift. I was worried the cherry laminate would be difficult to paint over, so I put off the project for years. So when the Jumpstart contest came up I knew it was time." Here's proof that it's good to be brave and give things a try - a total transformation! All the pics, tools, instructions and VOTING is below...


Tell us the tools and resources you used for the project:
I headed to Home Depot and purchased Glidden interior paint in an antique white, mini rollers, a sand paper block, Killz primer, polyacrylic clear coat and a foam brush. Then I purchased 6 new silver button knobs and 2 crystal drawer knobs.


Share step by step instructions for how you completed the project:

1. Empty the drawers and remove all hardware.
2. Remove drawers
3. Set dresser frame and drawers on old sheet to avoid getting paint on the floor
4. Clean all surfaces that are going to be painted. I only painted the parts that were cherry, the interior of the drawers was left as is. I ended up painting the drawer fronts, and the top, sides and front of the dresser frame.
5. Sand all surfaces until they are rough to the touch.
6. Roll on one, thin coat of white primer. Let dry for 1 hour.
7. Use mini-roller to paint the entire unit. It took 3 coats to cover, waiting 30-45 minuts in between coats.
8. Let dry overnight.
9. Apply thin coat of polyacrylic clear coat to all painted surfaces
with a foam brush.
10. When applying, brush in a linear pattern. Apply a thin line then go over it again to smooth out any bubbles. Continue for the entire piece.
11. I applied 2-3 coats of the polyacrylic to prevent the paint from chipping and to protect against scratches from the jewelry box and items on top of the dresser.
12. Attach the knobs with a small Phillips head screwdriver. The old hardware was not a standard width, so when I went to buy handles for the bottom three drawers I ended up having to buy two knobs for each
of the three drawers instead of one handle pull for each drawer. But I think it gave it more of a modern, boutique hotel look. I chose to put two different knobs on the top drawer to give it a more customized look.

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