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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