So this was officially a bigger project than I first anticipated.
That being said, I'm pretty much done. Waiting for the knobs I ordered to arrive, then I can get a finished picture up. I ended up ordered the knobs from Amazon. After browsing both Lowe's and Home Depot, they didn't have anything I just LOVED. Plus, even their standard knobs were over double the price of the same knobs on Amazon!! Plus, I get free shipping being a student and all. So, I'm hoping to get them before we head out of town on Thursday.
On to the process. First I needed to sand. I figured a pretty basic scratch up should do the trick, but it got detailed pretty quick. As I said, the dresser is old, and it needed a good bit of TLC put into it for me to get the finish product I desired. I also used some wood putty to fill in the holes, and gashes the dresser had as well as those country bumpkin-esk swirly things on the two top drawers. Here are some pics of the sanding and wood filling. Notice how bad the water stains were on the top, I thought sanding would help, but it only made them worse.
Notice the deep gash up the side that I had to fill in with wood filler....
Yeah, like I said, the dresser was in pretty bad shape.
I was planning to hand sand, since I try to do these types of projects for as cheap as possible, but since the sanding got so intensive, I ended up buying a power sander. I do like to build my tool set as I work on these, so I like to think of it as an investment. :)
Next up was the priming process. I wavered over which primer to use, oil-based or not. The oil-based dried quicker, but I was worried about the coverage, since I had so much I wanted to cover. So I chose non-oil-based primer.
After I got it fully primed, I painted. I usually wouldn't paint the inside of the drawers, however, they were really dingy inside, and I wanted it to look like a piece I would have bought already black at a store.
Yeah, there's wine in the background. There might have been some wine involved in this project on a few phases. ;)
Now, all the protective coat has been fully applied, waiting for it to fully dry (dries in 3-4 hours for touch and 24 hours for light use) and for my hardware to come in. Here are a few pics of the dresser in it's final drying stages before the hardware comes in.
And one of the whole sha-bang. Now if only I had my hardware to put it all back together!! Can't wait!!!