I have finally been getting caught up on all the projects we put on hold over the summer. Today I want to share with you how some tips and pointers to prep for paint when you are repainting a piece of furniture.
We inherited this vanity dresser from some family and have been using it in my daughter’s room for a few years. When we received it had been painted white. The paint job was pretty beat up and it needed to be refinished. We are also in the process of updating her room and we wanted to paint it in a fun color other than white.
There are a few things that you need to know and use to make the process of repainting your old painted furniture as easy as possible.
I used several
3M TEKK Protection products to get the vanity dresser prepped and ready for painting. You will want to use the following:
1. 3M Lead Check Swabs
2. 3M Sandpaper
3. Protective Eye Wear
4. Face Mask
5. Rubber Gloves if you are stripping the paint
6. Ear Plugs
3M TEKK Protection to determine if the old layers of paint contained lead. You do not want to be sanding down lead paint and breathe in the harmful particles.
For a more detailed explanation of how to use the 3M Lead Test and other important tips for preparing this vanity dresser for repainting, check out the video below.
1. Now that we have determined that the paint is lead free you can go ahead prep your furniture for painting. Remove all hardware. I also removed the mirror since it was just a matter of taking out 4 screws. This makes it a lot easier to paint. I also took out all of the drawers.
2. Now you should be ready to sand down the furniture. We used a hand sander for the flat surfaces and drawer fronts, then used a piece of sand paper or a sanding block for the smaller finer detail work. Sand and remove all loose paint and any blemishes.
3. After you have sanded everything to a nice smooth finish you can do any repair work that may be needed. We glued a couple of loose drawer joints and filled in a couple of larger gouges with some wood putty. Let those areas dry completely and use a finish sander to get them smooth again. Be sure to prime any of these areas with a primer paint.
4. Take a damp cloth and wipe down all the surfaces to remove any excess dust. This step is very important to getting a smooth finish!
Now go ahead and paint away. I will be sharing our favorite tips for painting furniture in a future post.
I am really happy with how the vanity dresser turned out. It adds a punch of color to my daughter’s room. And she can fill it with her crayons and art supplies…and sooner than I want, makeup and hair products…oh boy! I am so not ready for that stage!
We had this fun chair, so I recovered the seat and did some quick paint touch-ups on. I decided for now to keep it white and I think I am loving the white chair with the yellow dresser. What do you think? Should I keep it white or paint it yellow?
And since I know some of you are going to be curious…I painted the dresser with Sherwin Williams White Raisin. The room wall color is Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray with 50% reduction in color.
*Disclosure–This post is a collaboration with 3M DIY. To learn more about safety and preparation, visit 3MDIY.com.
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