My first-time furniture painting, lessons learned turning a dresser into a TV console.
You don’t have to get it perfect, you just have to get it going. Babies don’t walk the first time they try, but eventually they get it right. – Jack Canfield
When we left Arizona and moved to Oregon, we left behind a lot of furniture.
We ended up needing quite a few items for our new home…and not a lot of money to do it.
The Goodwill, Thrift Stores, Yard Sales, The ReStore, and Craigslist became my “home away from home”.
I saw this huge beast of a dresser and thought it could work for a TV console at our local Goodwill.
Everyone else literally thought I was crazy. Really lost it!
Many people thought it was pretty UGLY (including The Mister).
BUT THERE WAS A PLAN!
After about a year, we don’t like to rush things around here, I got some paint to start on this project…FINALLY
Now, truth be told, we have been working on 700 million other projects cause that’s the life of buyers of a fixer-upper home. We’ve been busy with The Building of Our DIY Walk-In Pantry, Dining Room Makeover (On a Budget), and our Under $500 Thrifty Kitchen Makeover.
So here’s what was done and some lessons learned:
I started the process by removing the two front doors and the top two drawers first.
I then added some baskets with vintage mailbox tags for the open spaces.
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FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME
With a name like Salvage Sister, most people think I have been painting furniture forever. This was not the case back in 2015.
UPDATE – I have since painted many pieces and have learned many things along the way. I will share them in this post.
FURNITURE PAINTING SUPPLIES
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- DecoArt Americano Chalk Paint, in Yesteryear – 2
- BRUSH FOR PAINTING FURNITURE
- Junk mail to place under the edges
I kept hearing that no sanding would be required so I didn’t sand it.
And, do you remember me calling it a beast? Well, it is so I didn’t love it cause when I had some time to finally get around to it no one else was there to move it. Also, we live in Oregon, where it rains, and it can be difficult to find a place to paint something of this size.
Junk mail was placed around the edges to avoid any issues with the carpet.
|ANOTHE RUSE FOR JUNK MAIL: DIY Junk Mail Confetti|
First, you may look at one of the small paint jars and think no way will this go very far…wrong. this huge piece took just over one jar.
After two on and off days of painting a few coats, this is what we ended up with:
WHAT I WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY
- Do you see the yellowing behind the color? The piece was so dark a yellow blocking primer is what should have been used. We now use THIS!
- I never really had a smooth feel to the touch that I really wanted. I have learned that I needed to sand the piece down afterward and then add the topcoat (220, 300, or 400 grit). This means that you put on more paint then you might normally do so that when you sand it, it won’t be too distressed unless you want that look.
- Finally, the top coat that I use for just about everything NOW is Gator Hide with the applicator and LOVE IT!!! Baby butt smooth!
For the handles, we didn’t want to buy new ones so we just wrapped the old ones in some twine. This will help not only so the paint doesn’t get scratched up, but gives it a new look for FREE.
This dresser to TV console makeover cost was around $25. A bargain! You could easily pay $200 for a cheapo cabinet. This piece is very well made and can easily be changed again.
*Still need to get a hole drilled for the cord!
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