I have a (bad) habit of taking any and all furniture that people don’t want. So when my mom and stepdad cleared out their laundry room to make way for some nicer storage, I happily took the dresser they’d been using for years downstairs.
Our family friend painted this for my older sister — in fact, she had a whole matching set at one point! I kept it as is for a while, knowing at some point I’d want to update it.
To update this dresser, I opted for paint. Since it was already painted — and rather nicely, too — I didn’t want to go through the hassle of stripping and sanding it down.
I splurged on paint, buying Satin Impervo Benjamin Moore paint, which is made for kitchen cabinets. It’s an oil-based paint that cures, not dries.
And you know what else? It is stinkyyyyy. Holy smokes, is it stinky.
I wore this bad boy the whole time I used it, which I should be doing anyway when I paint… but it was way necessary this time.
Before I could start painting, I sanded the whole dresser down.
Then, I filled the wholes and sanded down again. This ended up being an unnecessary step because I ended up using the holes anyway. Oh well!
With everything sanded, I started to paint.
I let the paint dry for days (I think 4) before doing a second coat. I was worried because the paint seemed to be tacky for the longest time, but the more I researched I learned that the paint cures, not dries (I know I said this earlier). That’s really important though, because you can’t add your second coat until the first cures completely.
When the first coat cured, I added a second. And then I let that cure, too.
When everything was dried and hard to the touch, I added back the hardware. I chose black cup pulls and I love them. Seriously, they are fabulous.
The cup handles are fabulous, the paint is fabulous. I mean, just look at the top and how smooth it is!
The paint, while expensive ($25/quart), was worth it in the end. Much better than anything else I’ve used. We’ll see how it holds up over time, but at least right now I am so super pleased with how it turned out.
Quite a difference from before, huh?
On an unrelated note, happy birthday to my neighbor Allie and her twin Shelly 🙂