Giving a New Life to an Old Dresser
By Taina Laraba
All older furniture is made of wood right? So this makes your life so much easier than dealing with laminated furniture or press board.
Materials You'll Need -
The first step to refinishing furniture is to smooth out any rough areas with medium grit sandpaper.
Now you can paint your piece. In French Country decorating, we love super neutral colors like in whites and very light beige. So head on over to your local Home Depot and find a color, then have it mixed in an eggshell finish. You don't want any sheen to the paint, but rather almost like a chalk finish.
You'll begin painting your piece starting on the top.
Painting in a back and forth motion only once allows you to paint a section without removing any paint. If you continued going back and forth in a section, you'd remove paint.
To paint the front, first you'll want to
To paint the sides
On an old piece, whether it's vintage or an antique - I never paint the back. A lot of times there's a stamp of some sort on the back identifying the piece and that's what I want to keep, some of the originality to it.
So what do you think? Not so bad right? I'm super proud of you.
This is essentially how you'll paint anything. Remembering to 1) only load your brush with paint halfway up the bristols and 2) painting in a back and forth motion - only once in sections. Only two things to remember when painting.
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