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There is a first time for everything, and this is our very first distressed pink dresser!!
Pink has been on my list of colors to try painting on an old dresser, and it surely did not disappoint!
How to Repair Old Furniture Before Painting
Before I could get into the fun painting part though, this dresser had some chipping veneer and some veneer that had lifted away from the dresser.
Some of the original trim had broken off as well.
So before any painting happened, I started working on repairs.
How to Replace Wood Trim on Furniture
The original trim had mostly broken off of the sides of the dresser, but there was some missing from the front of the dresser as well.
I really wanted to replace the wood trim on this dresser, so I searched online to try to find a similar piece of wood trim.
I had no luck finding a similar piece though!
So I thought about making new trim by replicating the old trim. I’ve done this many times before, but not with such delicate trim. If the trim was larger, I would have gone this route though. See how to make a mold of wood trim.
In the end, I simply removed the trim from the sides of the dresser by carefully prying it off with a thin spackling knife. Then I used a pair of wire cutter pliers to cut the trim down to replace the trim on the front of the dresser.
Then I sanded the wood (where the trim used to be) to be nice and smooth for paint.
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How to Fix Veneer that is Lifting
The lifting veneer was pretty simple to fix. It was lifting from the edge, so it wasn’t difficult at all. Here’s how to glue veneer back down.
I put some wood glue in between the veneer and the wood underneath, and then clamped it down.
This is a great little video on how to get glue under the veneer before clamping it down.
Here’s a fun little tip though!
If you don’t have a clamp that is long enough for your dresser, you can use ratcheting tie-down straps instead!
I grabbed a piece of scrap wood to help spread out the pressure over the lifted veneer, and then wrapped a couple of long tie-down straps around the dresser.
Then I used the ratchet to clamp down on the veneer and push it back down in place.
Then I let it sit for 24 hours until the glue dried.
When I released my large homemade clamp, the veneer was glued back down in place.
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How to Fix Veneer Chips
Last, but not least, there were little chips broken off of the veneer on the edges.
Most old furniture has these chips in the veneer, so it’s a common furniture repair to make.
Learn more about how to repair furniture with Bondo.
Pink Vintage Dresser Makeover
After repairs, the next step is to prep the dresser for paint.
Prepping furniture for paint is actually a huge deal. Especially when you are going to paint a dresser in a light color! – More on that in a second!
To make sure the paint stuck to the dresser, I cleaned the dirt, grime, wax and oil off of the dresser with Krud Kutter. Then I lightly sanded the whole dresser down with 220 grit sandpaper and removed any dust with a vacuum and a tack cloth.
I also filled in half of the old hardware holes so I could switch out the hardware. I love using either Bondo or Kwikwood to fill hardware holes because they dry super fast and super hard compared to regular wood filler!
Here is the best way to change hardware on a dresser!
How to Prevent Bleed Through when Painting
In the painting world, there is a nasty little monster called bleedthrough. It’s basically wood tannins that stain through your paint, and won’t ever go away until you treat them.
They show up as yellow, pink or orange spots that keep staining through your paint, no matter how many times you cover it up with more paint.
But there is a way to prevent those stains from coming through. You just have to use the right products!
You can learn more about how to get rid of bleed through here.
*After a couple of coats of pink paint, I could see bleed through showing up still. This dresser was definitely made of mahogany, one of the hardest types of wood to stop from bleeding. So after those couple of coats of paint, I went back and treated the dresser to prevent bleed through again. After the 2nd treatment, I was finally able to move on with no more bleed through.
Finally, we were ready for paint!!
I chose this color for it’s softness and vibrancy. I think it’s the perfect pink for a nursery, or for a girly room!
We recently upgraded from our cheap hobby sprayer, and I couldn’t be more impressed with our new sprayer.
Learn more about how to paint furniture with a paint sprayer.
Distressed Pink Dresser
After the paint was dry, I sanded everything down with 220 grit sandpaper and focused on sanding the edges and raised parts of the dresser for a nice distressed look.
Then I vacuumed up the dust and wiped any leftover dust away with a tack cloth.
To give the painted finish extra durability and make it easier to wipe down, I sprayed on 3 coats of my favorite top coat.
Learn ALL of my tips and tricks on How to Spray Polyurethane here!
The old hardware was replaced with new gold cup pulls to give it a modern style.
This dresser is currently for sale and ready to be shipped to your home (in the US).
Happy Painting Friends!!
And don’t forget to pin this photo for future reference!!