A Note from Jennifer: Hey all! I am super excited to have my baby sis on the blog today talking about a piece of furniture that she has refinished not once but TWICE. She has done so many amazing pieces and I am so envious that she have a knack for doing this and I don't (I mean hello, shouldn't people from the same gene pool share in these skills?!). She is a great resource and hopefully you learn a lot from what she has to say below, I know I did! (Disclaimer: All images contained in this post are the personal property of our guest author.)
Hello, readers! My name is Allye and I am the youngest sister of Bows 4 Days mom, Jennifer. When Jennifer asked me to be a guest blogger, I'll admit that I was a little nervous because I wasn't sure quite where to start or what to say. Taking those things into consideration, I decided it would be best to start from the very beginning and show everyone how easy (and inexpensive, BONUS!) refinishing furniture can be. Enjoy! F
Now, I will take you through the steps that I took to refinish a dresser. I took the dresser and turned it in to the gorgeous entertainment center that you see above. The dresser I used cost me $60 from Craigslist.com. It was missing a drawer and was absolutely filthy but looked to be perfect for it's new purpose.
Cost: $50 for materials.
Materials used: Painters drop cloth x2, paint brush, roller brush, painters tape, screwdriver
Time spent: 3-4 hours (only because you have to allow paint to dry).
Paint used: Valspar Furniture paint in "Dove's Cry"
(Side Note: Valspar Furniture paint is AMAZING! You can literally pick any color in the Valspar collection, give it to the paint mixers, tell them you want it mixed with the furniture paint. Seriously. It's so easy.)
When I started working on this project a few years ago (when I refinished it for the first time) I had no clue what I was doing. It was my first project and I was surviving on Pinterest tutorials and a bottle(s) of wine. With a little bit of liquid courage, I decided to freakin' GO FOR IT. I began using a sander to lose the "shine" from the wood finish and get down to a good base for the paint and stain. Mind you, all of my projects have been done in my apartments. My neighbors have always loved me.
Above: Dresser after sanding (left): Dresser after original completion (right)
Following the first refinish, small squares were cut in the back (I would recommend a box cutter, but anything that cuts well will do) so cable boxes, Blu-ray players, etc. can rest comfortably while plugged in and be easily accessed.
I really did like this dresser in this navy color. However, I began noticing spots that needed retouched and I no longer have that paint color. At about 2 PM on a Thursday, I decided I was going to hit up Lowe's after work, grab some paint/materials and head home to just refinish it again. When I got to Lowe's, I had no idea what color paint I would be leaving with. I knew I wanted to brighten it up a bit, and then I saw "it". The swatch was staring at me, I picked it up, it was called "Dove's Cry" (and, duh, I couldn't stop running through Prince's song in my head). Boom! It was decided.
I began by taking all hardware out of the drawers and started taping the areas around the stain. So. Much. Tape. The most tedious part of the project, but the most rewarding when you get to take it off.
I then began applying the paint using a brush around the crevices and a roller brush on the drawers and sides of the dresser. I know I've said it already, but Valspar furniture paint is seriously great. It only takes maybe two coats of paint, and as you can see, it completely covers the dark paint. Covering up dark paint by using a creamy white is not that easy using any other paints- Valspar makes it simple.
I am one of the most impatient people. I can't handle sitting and waiting for these pieces of furniture to dry. CAN NOT handle it. My favorite thing to do is put these pieces back together; putting them back together and seeing the final picture gives me so much satisfaction.
Every time I finish a project, I think to myself, "this is my new favorite piece". I have completed more projects than I can count on two hands and each one brings me so much pride. 5 years ago, I had a spinal fusion operation. Nearly my entire spine is fused, I have 2 rods and 26 screws. What kind of wacky person, with that much hardware, gets down on all 4's to paint the legs of a dresser or dead-lifts a cabinet to make sure you get that one tiny spot painted? Me, that's who (just don't tell my surgeon .....or my mom).
Finally. The big picture. The knobs are on. The decorations are back. Everything is cleaned up and it's now 9 PM on that said Thursday. Project complete. And then I got back to my movie...Spice World. (Insert 90's girl pun here.)
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed! Please feel to reach out if you have any questions - my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can send me a message on Facebook.