If you're new to furniture rehab, I have the perfect beginner project for you.
This dresser was sitting in my pregnant friend's nursery, just begging for a facelift.
I had seen a similar project from Kate over at Centsational Style (formerly Centsational Girl), and I was inspired.
This was only the second piece of furniture I had ever remodeled, and it was so rewarding to see the finished product! It really lit a fire within.
Here's how I fixed it up in three simple steps.
- power drill
- new hardware pulls (mine are from Home Depot)
- painter's tape (green frog tape is the best)
- paint in a color of your choosing
- wood putty or wood filler
Step #1: Remove the existing hardware pulls.
Step #2: Drill new holes in the four lower drawers.
I used the top drawer as a guide for where I should place the new holes. Make sure you use the same size drill bit as the screws for your new hardware (when you hold the bit behind the screw, the threads of the bit should be a tad wider than the screw). Fill in the pre-existing holes with wood filler.
Step #3: Paint your new dresser.
First, I painted everything with two coats of primer to cover up the laminate faux grain. Then I added a final coat of regular white paint. Once the base layers of paint were dry, I marked off the areas on the drawers that I wanted blue with painter's tape.
I measured the gap above my tape to make sure all of the stripes were equal width.
This dresser was made from cheap laminate, so a coat of primer was needed to help the paint layers stick. I've had very bad luck using chalk paint on laminate furniture, so I don't recommend chalk paint if your piece is not made from real wood.
My final product turned out like this. My friend was thrilled! I think it cost me somewhere around $30 (this was four years ago so please forgive this omission)
Like I said, a great project for a newbie furniture rehab enthusiast. Well worth the effort and you can really get some good mileage out of an old piece of furniture!