Need A Weekend Project To Do? Learn How To Turn Your Drab Dresser Into A High-Quality Piece Of Furniture
If you have a piece of wood furniture that has a really unique design, but needs a bit of a facelift because the exterior has some wear and tear showing, consider refinishing the piece to look new and exciting. Refinishing wood is much easier than many people think. You can paint, stain, or even decoupage the wood to give any piece a fun and interesting new look. The following guide walks you through a quick and easy dresser refinishing project you can complete over a weekend.
Choose Your Piece
The first thing you need to do is choose the piece of furniture you want to refinish. You need to be sure the piece still has a solid frame to work with to ensure that it will not fall apart as you try to restore it. Be sure the wood is not cracking, crumbling, or mildewed. For this project, you will learn how to refinish a dresser, but you can use the same steps to refinish just about any piece of wood furniture.
Prepare for Refinishing
Remove drawers, knobs, or handles from the piece before you start refinishing the piece. Take your time to set drawers nearby so that you can refinish them in a fun and funky way later.
Sand the Wood
Next, use 80-grit sandpaper to lightly sand the entire surface of the piece. Be sure to sand in small circular motions to create a smooth, even look when you are finished.
Paint the Piece
Paint the piece with a bold color of spray paint. Spray paint can be a quick and easy way to give a piece of furniture an updated look within a short period of time. Be sure that you are constantly moving the can while you are spraying the paint to avoid too much paint collecting in one area of the dresser because this will cause the paint to drip. Be sure to paint the fronts of the drawers at the same time. Give the paint a few hours to dry before doing anything else with the dresser.
Refinish the Drawers
Refinishing the drawers to make them fun and exciting requires you to visit a local fabric store and buy some fake fur. Lay the fur down on the ground so that the fur is laying against the floor and the backing is facing the ceiling. Lay the front of the drawers flush against the fur backing and trace the drawers. Cut the fur to the right size. Use wood glue to glue the fur to the front of the drawers. Allow the glue to dry for an hour. Look inside of the drawers and poke a long nail through the hole where the knobs go into the drawers. Place the knobs back onto the drawers and tighten them. Repeat the process on the other drawers.
Once you have added the fur to all of the drawers and allowed it to dry, you can place the drawers back into the dresser. If you want to give the dresser an even more unique look, you can choose different colors of fur on each drawer or even alternate between fur and faux leather on the drawers. This project takes very little time to do, but will make any dresser look like a high-quality piece when you are done. If you are having trouble, take your piece to a shop like The Strip Joint that does professional furniture refinishing.