Painting Furniture is SUPER easy and can save you lots and lots of $$

Feb 14th, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day! Why not start the day off with a Pink Dresser transformation. Painting furniture is one of my favorite things to do around here because it can save a TON of money. Most of the time the style of an old/thrifted dresser far exceeds the style of a new dresser and its hefty price tag. 
I have been working on my girls’ beautiful room for awhile, and my cute hubby found this amazing dresser at the DI {Utah’s version of Goodwill} for only $40.00. It was SOL-LID and in great shape. All it needed was a little love, spray paint, and glaze.
I get questions about spray paint ALL THE TIME, and I think some are surprised that spray paint is my preferred method of painting furniture. In fact, my spray paint 101 post is one of my most viewed posts of all time.
 There are a few main reasons why I prefer spray paint. First of all, spray paint is oil based, and in my experience oil based paint does a much better job at sticking. Secondly, spray paint {once you know what you are doing} leaves a perfect finish without brush strokes. And lastly {not leastly}, Spray paint saves me a TON of time, and that’s even with me taking my time. I go slow when I’m painting furniture because I don’t want it to look terrible at the end of the process. 
I prefer KILZ primer for most of my projects, but honestly it depends on the color I’m painting. But, most of the time I use KILZ spray original primer. 
Even though the picture below shows eight cans of KILZ, I did not use that many cans on this dresser. I only used two cans of primer on this project, and four {three and a half to be exact} cans of Krylon Watermelon. 
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After the project has several coats of primer, I sand lightly with 220 grit sandpaper to remove the gritty texture that sometimes remains after priming. It takes literally 30 seconds to sand off the gritty texture by hand.
Then the process of painting begins. I love Krylon brand, but lately I’ve learned to expand my horizons with other brands too. I like that Krylon has a variety of colors, but Rustoleum products have impressed me lately too. I am accustomed to the Krylon nozzle so I still prefer it over others, but if you don’t have a preference on nozzle and can get a smooth result with another one, have at it. 
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In order to get a finish without stripes, I prefer satin finish spray paint, but if I’m going to glaze the piece I use gloss because I know that the glaze will be covering up the stripes anyway and with gloss, I get more of a protected surface. 
Glazing furniture is super easy. I have a glazing 101 post {that even shows instructional videos}, but basically you brush on the glaze and wipe it off with either a dry cloth or a damp cloth depending on the look you are going for. 
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Glazing is super easy. I promise you can do it.
The inside of the drawers needed a little love, so I found some cute fabric to line them with. I cut them the correct size and then sprayed the fabric with spray adhesive.  
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When we got done, the dresser was soooo darn cute! painted-furniture-glazed-furniture 
refinishing-furniture (5)We replaced the pulls and knobs to be these girly crystal knobs from Home Depot.
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The top of the dresser was sealed with clear coat polycrylic. If you want instructions on how to seal furniture or whether or not you need to seal something you have painted or not, check out that post.

The dresser looks perfect in the girl’s room. I love that the top drawers mimic the plaid/kris-cross pattern in the walls and on the rug.  Now I just need a few accessories! painting-furniture
My girl’s room is pretty much complete!  The girls’ headboards were super easy too. If you want instructions for the headboard project check it out. 
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I love my girls room! Check out their final reveal! 
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I’m not going to lie, it’s my favorite room in the house and I find myself hanging out up there a lot! I guess it’s time to change up the rest of the house, right!?!
Linking up to Miss Mustard Seed’s Feature Furniture Friday Post.

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