It had some pretty good scratches (deeper than they appear in the photo), but I used some wood filler and they're much better now!
Scratches on the side
|After adding some wood filler|
On to the details of "how to paint a dresser" and "how not to paint a dresser".... because apparently I learned how to do both.
- Sand it with fine-grit sand paper.
- Prime with latex primer. I used a high-quality latex primer, applying it with a foam roller on the top, sides and drawer fronts. On the areas that the roller wouldn't reach, I used a paint brush. Note about this primer: To make sure it would adhere to the entire surface (even any spots of oil-based primer I couldn't remove) I used a primer that our local paint sore recommended. He said it was serious enough to be applied to ceramic tile and other difficult surfaces.
- Apply paint. I applied three coats of Benjamin Moore "Decorator's White", also using with a foam roller to large surfaces and a paint brush for the smaller areas.
- Seal with clear protective top coat, if you like. I used a paint brush for the entire piece (since rollers can cause bubbles) and applied two coats.
- Install new hardware, if ya' wanna'.
Here she is now!
|White Dresser - After|
What do you think? Was it worth all the TLC or should I have made the plunge for a brand new dresser?
Follow-up post coming soon with tips on painting furniture indoors.
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