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« on: December 20, 2008 01:34:28 PM »

I just got a dresser from my mom that I would like to paint.  It's a wood finish, probably pretty old, maybe from the 50's.  Any tips on what paint to use, what steps I need to take, etc??  Thanks for your help!
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2008 07:12:20 PM »

endless possibilities. well no matter what you should sand it down to all bare wood.id use a power hand sanded cuz by hand it would take forever.one really cool thing i saw which was really cool was using fabric dye to stain the wood.you just take a  pack and mix with a cup water till it dissolves and brush it on let sit for a minute and wipe off just like wood stain and the color is more intense with 2 coats  i like the way it turns out because you can still see wood grain through which looks great with a color like red or blue .but it penetrates the wood really well.then after that just use a sealant.but wear gloves and do it outside.thats just one idea.or if you really just want a sleak glossy look spray paining can look really great if you do it right.if you dont do it right you end up with drips and streaks.i have finally perfected spraypainting.or you can use acrylic craft paint as long as you seal it with polyurothane if you dont the paint will chip and scarap right off.but they have clear poly spray sealers that are as easy as pie to apply.anyways hope i helped and good luck
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2008 09:31:34 PM »

thanks!  very helpful ideas!  i'll have to post after i figure out what i want to do!
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2008 01:36:57 PM »

If you want an alternative idea, when I was young my mother covered a dresser I had with fabric.  It was very pretty.  I'm fairly certain she just glued it on.
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2009 05:46:29 PM »

The week before my wedding (!) I got bored and painted my dresser. It was an awful red-brown color and needed some love.
How you refinish the dresser really depends on the look you are going for. Retro? Vintage? Sleek?
I went for the sleek look so I sanded down the deep gouges (It has been in our family for almost 20 years and was beat up), used oil based paint and a small sponge roller. The oil based paint takes 24 hours to fully dry between coats so I painted for an hour or so in the morning and then got moving on my day. It turned out beautifully with few imperfections and no drip lines.

« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2009 12:28:49 PM »

Wow that dresser is beautiful! I am in a furniture painting project as well and wondering what kind of paint works best. Did you need any primer with that oil based paint, Sunnydays914?
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2009 02:37:02 PM »

I didn't use primer but I made sure to sand all surfaces down enough to give the paint something to grip to. I used a Rust-oleum semi-gloss in black. I'm sure that it had a fancy name other than just black but that's what color it is Smiley I bought it from Menards (with a rebate!).

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