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Topic: First ever attempt at recon on furniture 70's Dressing Table  (Read 1087 times)
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« on: January 25, 2012 02:48:48 PM »

OK, so at the moment I'm in the very skint position of trying to buy a house and for a while I decided that as my boyfriend has his desk, games consoles etc I deserve my own space and have been on the hunt for a dressing table on a budget. I don't really like modern styles and have been on the search for something a bit vintage. I've found something in the furniture charity shop down the road for me and providing it's still available for the bargain price of 30. It's very similar in style to this:

The wood on the one I've seen is in poor condition and my plan is to sand it all down, repaint it white or cream, unscrew the mirror (I already have a couple of mirrors) and change the drawer knobs. I've never ever ever attempted anything like this before and I'd like some advice, I have a few questions, but any other nuggets of wisdom anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated.

Firstly my questions:
- Is there a particular type of sandpaper I should use?
- Is there a particular type of paint I should use?

Many Thanks

Jenn x

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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2012 11:48:09 PM »

It might be easier to rent or borrow an electric sander for such a large area. It'll save a lot of time and muscle pain Smiley The hardware store people should be able to tell you what type of sandpaper is best. Once you get it sanded good, regular latex paint should do a good job. Since you can get a smaller amount because you're not doing a whole room or something, go for the "good brand" like Valspar, etc, and get the kind with the primer mixed in. Will also save time and paint!

Also, before you pick out new drawer hardware, make sure you measure the distance between the screw holes so you know what size your new handles need to be. You can always drill new holes if needed, but most handles are 3ish inches long from screw to screw (the handle itself is longer), so you should be able to find something that fits the existing holes. Anthropologie has wonderful drawer pulls, and they are often on sale in the Sale section of their website or in the sale section of the stores.

I bet your piece is going to be lovely when you customize it! Please post photos when it's finished!

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