I have been looking forward to this for awhile. We’ve been storing some of Ryan’s old bedroom furniture so that we could re-purpose it in our baby’s room. Since we saved money on buying furniture, I decided I wanted to have some fun with customizing it to fit our needs. I followed this blog post on centsationalgirl.com to get an idea of the materials and process for this little venture.
Here are the supplies we used: Stix waterborne bonding primer, Behr paint in Satin, Minwax polycrylic, Floetrol paint conditioner, wood filler, airless spray gun, medium grit sanding blocks, 320 grit sandpaper, foam rollers, and good quality purdy brush. All about $100.
After sanding all surfaces lightly with the block…
we brushed on two coats of primer and then lightly sanded again.
We sprayed everything except the drawers White with the spray gun. Since Ryan had not painted furniture before he did about four very light coats to be sure not to over-saturate any one area.
Since we are changing out the hardware we used wood filler to cover the existing holes. And sand again.
Now it’s time to take the fun up a notch here—I wanted each drawer to be a different shade of blue, from almost white to navy. Even though we used a foam roller on this to get a smooth coat, we used the Floetrol to make sure no streaks were left behind.
Everything seemed to be going smoothly and we moved on to the final coat of polycrylic to protect the surface.
I’m not sure if it was the Floetrol or the Behr paint, but the darker the color the tackier it was. The dark blue drawers ended up being a nightmare of painting, coating, sanding, and repeat. Finally after three rounds they looked perfect!
Keeping with the nautical theme I ordered 4″ cleats from a marine depot online (BTW, it cost about $6 a piece instead of $30 at the local marine store).
And the final unveiling! The dressers were complete and moved into the baby’s room!!
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