Since this is temporary, I didn't want to invest in nice stuff...I'd rather do that when I have a more permanent place and when I have a job and have some sort of income coming in. So, I went to Goodwill and they had this dresser for $20. It seemed sturdy and was a design/shape that wasn't horrible. So I bought it. When I got home and was unloading it from my car, I was disgusted by how many spider and cob webs there were. I hate spiders and webs....so this just sat in the garage for a week until my friend came over with a vacuum and helped me clean it. Gross. Made me doubt the purchase.
|dresser - before|
|cabinet - before|
I went to both Lowe's and Home Depot a total of three times. The first time was to get a sanding sponge and a drop cloth. Then I realized I'd probably get all the sanding done fairly quickly - I wasn't sanding down to the bare wood...not knowing if it was wood. The second time was to get paint brushes and paint samples and the third was to pick up the paint, polyurethane, wood fill and 1 hardware for the cabinet (I forgot to measure it before I left). It took me forever to figure out the paint thing. There are so many choices. After about 15 minutes I selected a semi-gloss. Then I spent about 5 minutes picking out the color. I kept debating if I should go dark brown or do something crazy like teal or burnt orange. In the end, the brown was selected. Call me boring. I ended up getting a gallon of paint. I knew it was going to be too much, but the small seemed too small...why nothing in between? How many coats will I need? I dreaded spending $26 something on paint...that cost defeats the whole purpose. Hopefully, I will be able to use that paint for other things in the coming months and then that cost would be spread out.
I took the drawers out of the dresser and took off the hardware and began painting, using mostly a small foam roller.
Is it the quality pant I selected, or does a dark color just need many layers. This is layer one and two.
In the end, I probably painted 5 layers of paint.
I kept debating if I should put a coat of polyurethane on or not. I read a few blogs/articles that people do it to seal since items will be placed on top and it will get lots of use. I bought some urethane from an estate sale. While I read how to properly apply it with long brush strokes and a thin coating...the top of the dresser looks quite horrible. I may put more coats on top to even it out. The rest looks so-so...you can see the brush strokes, and you couldn't with the paint, so, was it worth it? Yes that only I will be using/seeing the furniture and it will prevent scratches and whatnot.
The original 'test' hardware turned out to be too small, so I went back to pick up more. But I haven't really liked anything worth the price, so everything was returned. I ended up sanding down the brass hardware and thought the silver-ish looked better, so I used that, which was 'free'.
|top after sanding, bottom original|
|dresser - after|
- dresser $20
- night stand $3.50
- gallon of paint $27
- paint brush $1
- drop cloth $1
- roller and tray $6
- polyurethane $11 - returned; re-bought a full container and a spray at an estate sale $2
- hardware - ended up keeping what was on there, but I sanded it down so it went from gold to silver.
OK, well, that is a lot more money than I wanted to spend, but really $60.50+ for bedroom furniture isn't horrible, especially if you average it out over the two pieces. And I have lots of paint and urethane for other projects.