A few days ago we gave a sneak peek of a dresser we had been working on for a girl’s bedroom. The dresser wasn’t in the best condition and required some work to get it in tip-top shape. Here is a before picture:
It had beautiful hardware and nice curves, but the laminate surface was peeling on the legs. The amount of work increased when we decided to remove the decorative seashell molding.
I thought the removal would be easy, but see the amount of holes and dents it left behind? Not cool! Thankfully, some wood filler could fix the damage to the surface. I used Elmer’s Wood Filler.
I allowed the wood filler to dry overnight because a few of the holes and cracks were very deep. The next morning I moved the dresser outside for some sanding.
The last dresser drawer is the one that had most of the damage. This whole furniture preparation was beginning to become a headache and I was ready to start painting! I wiped the dresser down one more time and applied two coats of Zinnser’s Cover Stain Oil Based Primer.
I allowed the primer to dry overnight and moved the dresser back outside the next morning (by myself of course as Breeze just looked on). Good help is so hard to find these days.
Once outside, I smoothed down any imperfections with my palm sander before applying the first coat of paint. I used Rustoleum Winter Gray in Gloss. After applying two thin even coats with drying time in between, I ended up with this beauty. I painted the hardware in Gloss White also by Rustoleum.
Since this dresser was going to reside in a girl’s room, we thought adding some scrapbook paper to the inside drawer would be the perfect touch.
Here’s a closeup of the hot pink houndstooth scrapbook paper purchased at Michael’s for $.59 a sheet.
Even after lining the drawers with scrapbook paper, I still kind of feel like the dresser needs something else. I created these fake lines on Photoshop to see if I would like it before actually committing to the change to eliminate the possibility of hating it. And I think I love it!
What do you think? Should we go ahead with the lines?
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