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Before and After: Lady in Red

Here is a post from Su Casa member carawilkerson:

During a recent trip to a local thrift store, we came across an old dresser in desperate need of a face lift. We had a feeling that, with a little TLC, this particle board princess would serve as a lovely console table in our home. Well, after a bit of sanding, painting, and reconstructing, she is ready to make her debut!

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I love it! It's such a fun piece.
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
Good job!
cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 7 years
Great piece! It has real flair. I painted my rental unit (condo) kitchen cabinets because the particle board/nasty fake wood look was simply nauseating. Kilz is a miracle product--and is a must use item when painting particle board. Light sanding helps the paint stay put. A great tip about Kilz or any other primer... can have it tinted the same color as your paint! I found that it sometimes prevents me having to use multiple coats of paint before the poly preotectant top coat. This is important if you are painting anything that opens/closes. Thick layers of paint will effect how well that functions. Tinting your primer can save you from that headache of sanding down the edge of an over-painted area so the open/close functions better.
aussie_ellie aussie_ellie 7 years
wow i love it! how long did that take? i have on old dresser that needs a lot of TLC...
carawilkerson carawilkerson 7 years
Thanks for all of the wonderful and supportive comments! To answer your questions... J9gini, for this project I used a semi gloss interior latex paint. I have also used high gloss and flat paints on similar pieces. It pretty much just boils down to the level of shine that you want. On this dresser, I also added a couple coats of polyurethane to help protect the finish. Yogaforlife, you can’t sand, paint and resand particle board the way you can solid wood, but I give particle board a quick sanding just to rough it up a bit and make it easier for the paint to stick. Be sure to use a couple of coats of good primer (I swear by Kilz) and you should be in good shape.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
It looks fabulous! You can sand down particle board? I have a wooden dresser that has pieces of particle board and I want to refurbish but don't know how to sand down the particle board pieces!
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
That looks like my old dresser ... hahahaha. If my mom hadn't sold it when we moved while I was little, I totally would have done what you did, except painted mine purple :-P
carawilkerson carawilkerson 7 years
Good question, c4rolin3! One of the bottom drawers was damaged beyond repair so I just made a shelf out of the bottom two drawers.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 7 years
Absolutely gorgeous!
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 7 years
wow red's a bold choice! but i think it works well. what was your reason for giving up the bottom two drawers and going with wicker pull outs?
carawilkerson carawilkerson 7 years
Thanks! I am glad you like this project. It was a fun one!
anabj anabj 7 years
nice job! I like it.
dezignerwannabe dezignerwannabe 7 years
it looks amazing! great choice of colour!
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