I picked up this mid-century dresser at a garage sale:
It was in surprisingly good shape, which meant minimal sanding, hole-filling, etc.
The top was laminate. Since this piece was going in a child's room. I wanted a durable finish and I didn't want the paint to peel right off of the laminate. So, I sanded the top with a 60-grit sandpaper to really rough up the finish and then went over that with a 220-grit sandpaper. Next, up was my favorite Kilz primer and 2-coats of paint.
Here's the big reveal:
Oops - can you see the leg I forgot to paint?!?!
K was so excited that I let her pick the colors herself. She wanted all of the door fronts to be chalkboard, but I didn't. So, we compromised by painting them a flat turquoise color that she liked.
Want to know how I got it so shiny??
Oil-based paint has a different consistency than regular latex paint. I think people don't use it very often because you have to clean your brushes with mineral spirits/paint thinner. It also doesn't clean off skin very easily. I still have blue splotches on my forearms from this stuff! It is also pretty stinky - be sure to use this where you have lots of ventilation. These fumes can't be good for you!
I liked it because it spreads really easily (use a brush, not a roller). The best part of all is that it doesn't leave the dreaded brush stroke marks. It takes longer to dry, but when it does, it's a nice, shiny, hard enamel.
Another downside is that this paint only comes in a limited number of pre-mixed colors. I don't think the stores can custom mix a color for you like they do with latex paint.
This paint was fun to try and a good change from the distressed and glazed pieces I have been doing. The high-gloss gives a much more modern feel.
K's favorite part was painting the interior drawers herself.
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