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Let’s flip this dresser from the Thrift store!
It was originally $100, but they busted the base when they were loading it… so we ended up getting it for $80 instead. Either way though, it was a steal of a deal. This piece is solid, and such good quality!
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All in ONE Painted DIY Dresser Makeover
- Prep the Dresser for Paint
- Prime to Block Stains
- Paint 2-3 Coats All in ONE Paint
- Extra Finishing Touches
- Mini Pocket Hole Jig
- Electric Screwdriver
- Krud Kutter
- Sand Net Sandpaper 80 grit – 220 grit
- SurfPrep Sander RAY10 to get 10% off
- Wood Filler
- Painters Tape and Pre-taped Plastic
- Tack Cloth
- BIN Shellac Primer in the Spray Can
- Paintable Caulking
- Melange ONE in Knapsack
- Wagner Paint Sprayer (FLEXiO 3000)
- Paint Sprayer Filters
- Whitewash from Paint Couture Paint
- Paint Brush
- Lint Free Rags
- Soft Wax from The Real Milk Paint
- White Knobs
Step 1: Prep the Dresser for Paint
Repair the Base
So before we could do anything else, we had to fix that base.
I glued it and put it back together how it was.
And then, I made it more durable by screwing the base into the dresser instead of relying on glue and wood braces that were holding it together before.
Using a Pocket Hole Kreg Jig
I used this mini pocket hole jig to drill new holes into the apron, and then I screwed in the pocket hole screws.
Since the wood that I was drilling into was ¾” thick, I just clamped the jig up to the edge of the wood, set the drill bit to the right depth, and then drilled away.
Then I used the 1 ¼” screws to screw the base to the dresser.
Now the base is nice and sturdy!
Alright, then I got back to the normally scheduled programming.
I removed the hardware with my handy dandy electric screwdriver.
And cleaned the dresser really well with Krud Kutter and an old rag.
Fill in Hardware Holes and Fix Damage
Then I filled in the chipped veneer and one hole from each piece of hardware, so I could put new hardware on these drawers.
Check out this post to see how good KwikWood compares for filling hardware holes.
Sand the Top to Remove the Damaged Finish
While that all dried, I got rid of the damaged finish on the top.
I sanded it all down with 80 grit sandpaper, then 120 grit sandpaper… then 180 grit sandpaper, and finished it off with 220 grit sandpaper.
The wood was SO pretty! And I considered leaving it natural wood… But I already had a plan and that didn’t include having a wood top.
Sand the KwikWood
By the time I was done sanding the top, the Kwikwood was dry, so I sanded that down.
Sand the Base
And then I sanded the base down to bare wood… I folded an 80 grit piece of sandpaper in half to get into the crevices by hand.
Wood Fill Scratches and Wood Grain
Then I started to scuff sand the rest of the dresser with 220 grit sandpaper.. and realized that there were still some dings and scratches I needed to fill in.
Learn more about the importance of sanding before painting furniture here.
So I filled those in… and while I was at it, I spread thinned out spackling over the areas that I had sanded down to bare wood, so you wouldn’t be able to see all of the wood grain after I painted it.
While that dried, my husband traded me off and taped off the drawers using this method.
Sand and Clean Dust
And then he sanded basically everything again and cleaned it all up with the shop vac and a tack cloth.
Step 2: Prime to Block Stains
Then he sprayed 2 coats of BIN shellac all over the dresser.
The spray can version is definitely not cost-effective at all.
It took 3 cans…. And there still wasn’t complete coverage… but we went with it anyway.
Learn more about the best primer for painting furniture here.
And we let it dry overnight to give us the best stain-blocking coverage that it could.
(Yeah, even after scuff sanding the dresser, I still primed so then I wouldn’t have bleedthrough issues where the wood tannins stain the paint.) Shellac is the easiest way to prevent it.
Sand Primer & Clean Dust
It was super rough when it was all dry, so we definitely had to sand it to knock it all down to a smooth surface.
Then I took this time to caulk some areas and fill some small dings that I couldn’t see before.
Step 3: Paint 2-3 Coats of All in ONE Paint
Alright, after all of that, it was time to actually paint.
This time I used Melange’s all in ONE paint in the color Knapsack.
Is it green? Is it cream?…. It seems to be more of a light green.
As always, I mixed some water into the paint, and then I sprayed on a coat of paint.
I ended up with 3 coats of paint. I probably could have gotten away with 2…
But I like to make more work for myself, so I did 2 coats.
Then I lightly sanded everything with a fine foam pad to make it feel nice and smooth, and then I sprayed the last coat.
This paint doesn’t need a top coat though, so hey, I still saved a lot of time! Haha
And I actually really, really love this paint! Check out this Dark Green Dresser I painted with Melange ONE paint here!
Step 4: The Extra Finishing Touches
Then I worked on the base. I wanted to whitewash it.
I still had to repair the chipped wood.
So I filled those areas with Kwikwood, and then I shaped it with the putty knife so I wouldn’t have to do much sanding once it was dry.
Head over here to learn more about repairing damaged furniture.
Making the Repair Blend In
When it was dry, I sanded it to smooth it out, and then I put some thinned-out orange paint, and some brown paint on it to make it blend in better.
It wasn’t perfect, but it was a lot better than it was before!
Then I wiped some whitewash onto the wood.
Head over here to learn more about how to whitewash furniture.
Or see how I tried to whitewash the top of this Laminate Dresser!
Sealing the Wood
When the whitewash was dry… like 10 minutes later…I experimented and mixed some of the knapsack paint and some light grey paint into wax.
And then I brushed it on to help protect the wood… but I also wanted to see if it would add any more dimension to the whitewash… and maybe tone the orange wood down a little more too.
I don’t know if it really made much of a difference.. but I love the final look!
And here’s what it looks like now!
What do you think?? I love it!! It’s pretty close to what I envisioned in my head… though the color is a little more green than I imagined.
But I love green, so I love it!
I thought about cutting the base and making it all straight… but I’m so glad that I left it in its original shape.
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