For those of you who don't know, I enjoy giving new life to the old, ready-to- be-retired furniture, and always have a garage full of old junk,
I got this dresser off of a Facebook sale site for $50.
Remove all your hardware (knobs, handles, etc.).
Take a palm-sander with gritty sand paper and run it over the whole dresser. This removes the rough spots and also helps your paint to stick.
Apply the first coat of paint.
Go over it with your palm sander again, but use a fine sandpaper to smooth it out.
Dust it down and clean it off.
Apply the second coat of paint.
You can buy new hardware, obviously, but sometimes the original hardware is just as easy, looks fine with some TLC, and you don't need to drill new holes. I mixed it up on the dresser, I painted some of the old pieces and put some new ones on too. Use Rust-oleum spray paint (don't use run-of-the-mill spray paint. It will not end well.).
Add 2-3 more coats of paint.
Step 9: (Optional)
Take your palm-sander and run it along the edges with rough sandpaper. Repeat using fine sandpaper (the picture below is before I went over it with a fine sand paper). You don't have to do this, but I think it gives more character. Shabby chic is in.
Experiment with your antiquing. Try sanding different parts. If it doesn't turn out quite how you'd like it, touch it up with paint again.
After the old hardware is painted, rough it up with sand paper.
Love, Love, Love these knobs.
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The cabinets I was working with haven't been hung yet, so it made it easier.
1. Remove All Hardware
Remove all hardware, and detach all the doors and drawers. Use a screw gun; it will save you tons of time.
2. Sand It
Take a fine sandpaper. It roughs up the wood, but still keeps it smooth. This will help the paint stick to the wood.
The house I am working in is under construction, so I was able to paint without worrying about making a mess. But you can buy cheap shower curtains at the Dollar Store to use as drop cloths.
I know a paint roller would be easier, but don't use one if you want the vintage look.
4. Follow the Grain of the Wood.
This step is probably one of the most important. Follow the grain of the wood with your brush strokes.
5. Paint Your Color
The thing I love about distressing is you don't have to be super particular about how you paint because you can sand it off later.
5. Fun Part
I used a rough sandpaper to cut through the paint which gives it the aged look. Sand the edges and corners of the cabinets. Once again, follow the grain of the wood.
6. Go Back
Go back over the same edges you sanded with a fine sand paper to smooth it out.
I am waiting until all the cabinets are in place to paint the sides.
I have a few more steps to go, but keep watching for the finish product.