Tuesday, June 18, 2013

dresser paint job

The week before Andrew's family visited us back in March we needed our carpets cleaned which resulted in emptying four rooms in our house and while they were empty I thought it was a great chance to do some painting so I took the opportunity to paint and switch Elliot's room with the girls room (Elliot's old room was bigger and the girls needed the space).
  That was couple months ago and the rooms are still unfinished but I'm getting there a little bit at a time.  When switching Elliot's room I wanted to change it to look less toddler and more boy.  As much as I like the red dresser I was ready for a little change (the paint was chipping and the lime green and blue underneath was rather unattractive) so we got a sander and I went to town.  The above picture is before.
That red paint dust got everywhere in the sanding process but it was fun trying out a new tool.
The Home Depot employee assured me that one can of primer was sufficient.  He was wrong.
I managed to spread out three cans of primer but when I started painting with yellow I quickly realized that you can never have too much primer.  The yellow covered much better in the areas I heavily primed.  Also, the areas that I was over-ambitious and sanded down to wood needed a ton of primer and paint.
Three Home Depot trips, 10 cans of primer, and lots of painting during naps and the job was done.  Well, as done as I was going to make it.  I think I could have easily use more paint.
Again, here's the before.
And the after.
^ ^ Like Elliot's Lazer Tag drawing?  ^ ^
Things I learned:
- get twice as much spray paint as you think
- regular paint is cheaper
- don't over sand
- use the recommended sand paper grade (mine was too rough)

In the end I'm happy with result and look forward to doing more in Elliot's room.  His walls are still empty so maybe that's my next project!


  1. If you are doing any more furniture, let me know! I have a paint sprayer you can use. And I've found rolling the primer works well unless you have round parts like chair legs. Looks great though!

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