I’m back today to show you how I turned the $50 Craigslist dresser into the fancy schmancy TV stand that it is now.
Ahh, a diamond in the rough.
I started by taking out the top row of drawers. Then, I had to remove all the slides and stops. This step was a little hairy because they were glued on and/or secured by staples. Annoying.
While I was pulling stuff off of the dresser I figured I might as well pull off the decorative thing on the bottom. I didn’t care for it, so gone it was.
Then, I sanded done the spot where the decorative thing was.
While I was sanding, I figured I might as well sand down the entire piece. I used a palm sander that Brad brought home from Harbor Freight. Love me some Harbor Freight. Tip: always look for a coupon before you go. I used a sanding block on the drawer fronts and for tight spaces.
I did have to patch a handful of nail holes, so I used some wood filler and sanded the patches when the filler dried.
I blew out the dresser after sanding it because there was some gross stuff inside. You know, like lint, dust, petrified mouse droppings. Fun stuff.
I used a paint sprayer (also from Harbor Frieght) to put on the Zinsser primer (conditioned with Penetrol). I saved hours spraying on the primer rather than painting it on with a brush. Hours.
I did two coats of primer, sanding in between each coat. This. Was. Tedious.
In the middle of all the priming and sanding I took the dimensions of the top shelf so Brad and I could head to Lowe’s and get a piece of wood. I obviously couldn’t fit one big piece of wood on the top shelf, so I split it into three large sections and two small sections so I could fit them in. You know, like a puzzle. We bought a slab of 5/8 inch thick wood. A guy at Lowes cut it into the sections according to my measurements. I like that Lowe’s cuts wood for you. Thanks, Lowe’s!
When we got back I had to see if the pieces fit.
And they did. Further proof that I’m awesome at using a tape measure.
I sanded, primed, sanded, and primed the pieces on all four sides. I always use a cheapo roller and brush when using primer. It’s not worth it to use a nice paint brush. Write that down.
After the sanding and priming marathon was over, I brought the dresser, drawers, and shelf pieces inside to paint them. I did two coats in all. I used another cheapo roller to roll the paint onto the larger surfaces. Then I used a quality angled paint brush (Purdy) to go over the paint. On the smaller areas I used a smaller angled brush. I used Valspar ultra white paint conditioned with Floetrel to minimize brush strokes.
I knew I wanted to paint the detailed sections on the drawers from the get-go. I grabbed some leftover grey paint (conditioned with Floetrel) from my sewing machine cabinet makeover and a small craft paint brush.
This part was pretty easy, actually. I painted the crevices and if any paint went outside the area, I used a damp paper towel to wipe it off.
While those were drying, Brad drilled three holes in the back of the dresser for the electronics cables.
After the holes were drilled, I set the shelf pieces inside. I didn’t see the need to secure them.
I decided to line the drawers for two reasons. One, a child (probably the owner of Bubbles) decided to get his/her artist on. Two, simply put, I wanted to use pretty shelf liner.
Ahhh, much better.
I spray primed and spray painted four of the drawers pulls. Then I attached them to the drawers along with the other pinkish draw pulls. I didn’t take photos of this. Sorry. I’m sure you can use your imagination though.
I decided not to seal it with Polycrylic like I did with the sewing machine cabinet. Personal preference.
In case you’re wondering, here’s a list of all the things I used for this makeover.
Primer: Zinsser Cover Stain Primer
Primer Conditioner: Penetrol
Dresser Paint: Valspar Ultra White semi-gloss latex
Detailing Paint: Valspar “Grey Porch” (sample)
Latex Paint Conditioner: Floetrel
Spray Primer: Rustoleum
Spray Paint: Krylon “Smoke Gray” gloss
Shelf Liner: Marshalls (The Macbeth Collection)
Pink Knobs: Hobby Lobby (clearance section)