Then I started looking on craigslist. Nothing older was exactly what we were looking for. I toyed with the idea of refinishing something. My criteria though would be that the dresser had to be a super deal for me to put that much work into it and then if I failed it wouldn't be a huge loss. I found a local listing for a few dressers that might fit the bill and my daughter got on board with the idea, super excited that she could pick a color for the dresser. The dresser we ended up with was listed for $75 and we paid $50 for it. It wasn't super high quality but it wasn't junk either.
|The dresser in it's original state.|
- First I removed all the old handles and cleaned the dresser. It was very dirty.
- I filled in the old drawer handle holes with wood filler because we were switching to knobs. Then I sanded it lightly to rough up the surface to accept paint. Tip - if you are doing this a power palm sander comes in handy and saves a lot of time. There was an area on top that had to really be sanded because of a think layer of grime. But I knew good preparation would pay off in the end.
- Then I wiped it down again to make sure all the fine dust was off. It was finally ready for paint. I used Behr premium plus ultra paint plus primer in one in a semi-gloss. My daughter decided on coral for the color. I wasn't too sure about such a bright color, but I thought if we put some paint on it and totally hated it we could always go with a different color for the second coat.
- Another light sanding in between coats of paint and then a final second coat.
- Once it was all dry, I finished it off with a coat of wax and then my husband installed the new knobs.
|The finished (or refinished) dresser.|
How much did I spend? About $150 in all. $50 for the dresser then another $100 for the new knobs (about $3 each), paint, wood filler, wax, paint brushes and sand paper. The cheapest dresser was about $500 so we can safely say I saved about $350, plus sales tax. That feels really good. I was exhausted when I finished, but warning it is highly addictive. I can't wait to start another project like this!
Any questions I can answer about this? Please comment below and I would be happy to answer!