Monday, November 7, 2011

Refinishing Dressers - Part Dos

Justin & I spent nearly all weekend working on these bad boys and I'm very happy to announce that they're almost done! We still have to sand, paint another coat of poly, give it time to cure and attach the new hardware - but you'll be seeing the finished results this week. Or early next week. Hopefully.

. . . I really shouldn't make any promises seeing as how this entire project has been a series of unexpected setbacks.

To recap- once the dressers were free of the old varnish & chipping paint, we gave them a good sanding. This is pretty much how they looked.

At this point in time, I was stirring up the primer and Justin was shaking his head at my eagerness. These fellas were not ready to be primed because they were a bit worn down from years of use. Several of the drawers didn't open and close smoothly because the tracks were broken and there were spots where the wood was cracked and peeling. So, even though I wanted to just slap the old primer bandaid on and forge forward, I knew we needed to sure them up first.

We used these wire brads and wood glue to reinforce the door tracks.

Some of the door tracks were completely shot though and needed to be rebuilt. So Justin made and secured some new ones.

For the areas where the wood was peeling and there were large holes, we used All Purpose Spackle. 
This whole process took a little over a week and a lot of patience. But, once the dressers were all sured up it was finally time to prime and rhyme :)

I gave the dressers a final good rub-down to get all the little dust particles and then got my prime on.

Ready for the shocker of the century? We used Bulls-Eye 1-2-3 Primer for All Surfaces. What, you're not shocked? 

Okay, we love this stuff and it will always be our go-to primer. 

After priming both dressers & nightstands, they were ready for painting! Anyone want to guess what color we painted them?

I'll give you a hint . . . it's not blue.


  1. I am no good at guessing, but I seriously can't wait to see how they turn out! It looks like you put a lot of work in rehabbing too.

  2. My first DIY project this fall was redoing an old dresser. I just finished last night, at least I hope I finished... the poly was still drying when I left for work this morning...

  3. @ Ashley
    Isn't amazing how incredibly time-consuming some "little" projects can be. My head is still spinning over the fact that we've been working on this for nearly a month! You'll have to post your dresser - i'd love to see it :)

  4. They're looking great! I can't wait to see the finished product!

    We still haven't gotten around to putting poly on our dresser-turned-bar. Maybe this weekend?

  5. the pictures make this so interactive. love it.