Monday, May 9, 2011


It is finally finished and waiting to be delivered!  I'm so excited to show you how awesome this piece turned out!

Here are the steps I took to complete this project...

1.  Checked out local thrift stores and Craig's List {like non-stop for a few days : ) } till I came across this...called on it and got it the same day.  For more info about Craig's List "how to" click here.

2. Got it home, took out the drawers & hardware and sanded {it was in really good condition with no cobwebs, dust, etc.}.
sanded really well where the hardware was because of the indentations left
3. Prepare to paint...wiped down the entire sanded piece with a damp cloth and used Frog Tape to tape off areas I didn't want paint.
4.  Prime all areas that were being painted with OIL-BASED primer.  I use a roller on all areas that are big enough to roll...if you use a good quality roller, it leaves you with a brush mark-free finish.

make sure you are more careful than i was with the oil-based primer...this stuff sticks good!! {this was like after 3 showers}

5. Paint two light coats. ( I use the roller here too where ever I can).  Let it dry completely between coats and do a gentle all over sanding before the next coat.
6.  Finish with a clear gloss water-based  polyurethane.  The water-based version prevents the white paint from yellowing.  I did two light coats of this.

Minwax 630150444 Water-Based Polyurethane
7.  Install new hardware...I bought mine from Ebay.  Since I needed 14 of them, the $1 price tag for the same thing I could get at Home Depot or Lowe's for $3 and up was well worth it!

Sad to see this piece leave, but so excited with how it has turned out!  What do you think???


  1. Looks Amazing! I know how much work you put into that! I would be sad to see it go, too. :o)

  2. It looks great! I am about to start a similar project on a dresser I picked up at a flea market a few months ago. Just waiting for good weather!

  3. Cannot believe it changes so much. It is beautiful!

  4. It looks AMAZING! Whoops...Lydia just said that...but does! Great job. What was the total cost?

  5. Looks fantastic! Where will you use it? This could be used for so many things. Paint can real transform these old pieces. I love this!


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