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The White Paint Cure-All

August 17, 2011

You can’t deny the power of sand paper, wood filler, primer and a white bucket of paint… will find animals in this post that couldn’t resist a blog photo! Nellie’s  pup Fender was our buddy for the weekend and wanted to be a part of the shoot!

Here’s What we used on this Dresser Renovation…

– Milwaukee Tools Orbital Sander

– Elmer’s Wood Filler

– Behr Premium Plus (Let’s call this *BPP 🙂 ) Oil Based Primer

– Sponge Roller (we wanted to get the smoothest finish possible)

– *BPP Off the shelf Ultra White Paint in Semi-Gloss (2 coats)

This dresser has been with us for a while..when I started dating my hubby in High School (awww!) I remember this as part of his bedroom set at his parents house. We moved it to our apartment and added the new hardware to update it as much as we could.  Once we had the new house, there was no question that this big boy (why do I label all my furniture “boy” ..I am thinking I need a lady piece or two??) needed an update. We turned our first floor guest bed into a navy room and this was the perfect piece to fill it up!

Here is what we did…

Sand down the entire dresser to get rid of the glossy (orange-ish) stain.

See this funky leaf detail in the piece…we sanded down the finish all around it… filled it with wood filler, sanded it down, added more wood filler, sanded it down….. repeat until it was all smooth…

Then we coated the entire dresser with BPP Oil Based Primer, then added two coats of BPP Semi-Gloss Pure White Paint.

Another fur baby that couldn’t resist a good photo!

The entire dresser was wood, except the top, which was a laminate. We sanded it down a bit to give it texture but really treated it like the rest of the wood. There is a chance that it will scratch a bit easier, so I am on the hunt for some navy striped material to add as a runner to protect the top of the painted dresser.

Add a little navy paint to the walls, Behr Starless Night to be exact, and BAM! You got yourself a statement room. Seriously this is a technique that can be done to most old pieces of furniture or any pieces found at Goodwill or other Thrift Shops!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 17, 2011 7:28 am

    So yummy! Never really thought about filling in those ugly details with wood filler! Brilliant! It looks amazing against the navy walls! I need to see all this progress in person soon! And, P.S… Love the pic of Fender! Haha!

  2. August 17, 2011 4:01 pm

    Love the room and love Fender’s guest appearance too!!!

  3. Jeny permalink
    May 11, 2012 11:45 pm

    Awesome… Awesome!!! Hi there thanks for your amazing post on white painting. I really really love your work. Your room with white furniture looks beautiful. Anyway, I have an old wardrobe which I want to paint with white color. Would you please tell me about the cost to paint this. Is it possible to create a glitter on this wardrobe??? Waiting for your response. Thanks again for your helpful great work description.


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