First, I sanded the dresser with a great Rigid orbit sander with a sawdust bag attached to give it a little bit of grip. Originally, the intention was to sand down the ugly top layer to reveal a beautiful wood grain. So the plans changed pretty quickly.
To make it easier to work with, I took all the hardware off of the dresser. This meant unscrewing all of the knobs and fancy decor, but also pulling off the scroll work. As it turns out, that scroll work with the appearance of wood grain was actually just plastic with some brads nailing it into the drawers. I'm not sure what I am going to do with those pieces yet, but I don't think I want to reattach them to the dresser. Yep...definitely don't.
Also, you can see how I sanded the corners of the dresser.
Whenever you are working with a piece of furniture that has somewhat of a slick surface, doing a little bit of roughing up the surface is a good idea. However, the key is to put down an oil based primer before trying to paint with anything else. When we went to the first paint store, there were not options for low or No-VOC paint so we had to go with the smelly stuff filled with chemicals. In the meantime, when we go into the "big city", we'll keep an eye out for a better primer to use in the future.
Anyway, here are the in between stages of prepping a piece of furniture to get it ready for a makeover.
What do you think it's going to end up looking like??
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