Project Makeover: Refinishing a Chest of Drawers (Part I) {Tutorial}

{The History Behind the Project}

When I was a baby, my dad purchased a bedroom set for me.  It was big, it was heavy, it was cobalt blue.  That was the only furniture set I knew until I reached junior high and begged him for a color change in my room.  So out went the lavender walls (yes I did say lavender and yes the furniture was cobalt blue - yikes - and I had 1970s butterfly curtains) and in came a new color scheme - dusty rose pink, Williamsburg blue, and ivory.  At that point, my parents consented and purchased me a daybed.  I really thought I was moving up in life. 

Instead of getting "new" furniture pieces, besides the bed, my dad decided to paint my dresser set.  The problem is, he got tired of all that sanding and eventually just painted over what was left.  Then he spray painted the fixtures gold to match the gold knobs on my daybed.  It wasn't perfect, but it wasn't lavender and cobalt blue either.

That set remained mine even until this day.  I did eventually move into another room in my parent's house after graduating from college and got to sleep in a full-size bed, but when I moved out, my parents told me to take the set with me.  All of it!

{The Reason for the Makeover and the Inspiration Behind It}
As you know, I've been remodeling my craft space and storage has been a real problem for me.  I was flipping through one of my many artsy type books and on the cover of one was a piece of painted furniture that looked like mine.  It was almost identical in style and that got the wheels turning in my head.  I could take an old piece I had, refinish it, and use it to store more of my craft things, or at least some fabric.

{The Actual Project:  Part I}
Is too much to write, but know that a lot (and I do mean a lot) of work and elbow-grease went into this project.  It was a labor of love, but I don't regret it.  The entire project was documented in two parts - stripping the furniture piece and repainting it (Part II).

* I will upload a video, but for now I'll show you some in-the-process photos:

Materials Used:
Tuff-Strip Spray (didn't work for me)
Jasco Premium Paint & Epoxy Remover (gel form that you paint on; worked like a charm)
Chip Paint Brushes
Sanding Block
Wood Filler
TSP substitute
Safety Goggles
..and lots of elbow grease!

Stay tuned to see Part II - the painting process.   

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  1. I love to paint furniture but I do hate sanding it previously. You are such a good girl, walking every step without skipping any! I think your dad and I would have been good decor buddies. ;-)

  2. I love this piece! Wow, this is a huge job to tackle! I can't wait for the reveal! You're doing it the right way! I'm proud of you!

  3. What a lovely piece of furniture Libby! I can't wait to see how it turns out.

  4. This is so cool Libby and I can't wait to see part 2 the sequel. =] Great job so far.

  5. Oh my, as a person who has stripped a lot of woodwork in her time, I know what a messy, hard job that is. But what a feeling of accomplishment you get when you are finished. Can't wait to see the "after" photos! Love that picture of you -- handywoman extraordinaire!

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  7. Can't wait to see the finished product! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Wishing you a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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