Lipstick on a pig: plywood dresser makeover

franksmom_2010October 4, 2010

So, I had this dresser, and came here for advice on refinishing.

I hadn't realized that it was plywood, and I got great advice on how best to finish it.

After a thorough cleaning, I sanded VERY carefully, doing as little hand sanding as possible, and only using a block when I did that. I didn't want to accent the grain any more than it already was. I was able to knock down the grain a bit, but stopped when I was satisfied with it. I removed the formica top, sanded and patched the top plywood, then added a carved trim.

I primed with BIN, then used a satin finish paint to minimize the sheen. I painted the inside of the drawers a pale teal color, then finished with new hardware.

It's still not a great piece of furniture, but it has a new look that better suits our bedroom, and I'm hoping we'll get a few more years of use out of it.

To be fair, here's a pic with flash, taken in the same lighting as the "before" pic:

Thanks again for all of the help!

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WOW! That's gorgeous. I'd say you made a silk purse from a sow's ear. Great job!

    Bookmark   October 4, 2010 at 11:27PM
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Very nice job!

    Bookmark   October 5, 2010 at 1:30AM
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Thanks so much! I've painted lots of furniture, but I'm always learning something new. Fir plywood was new to me, so it was interesting to see how it would go.

I used a "Ultra white" paint, which I'm not sure I would do again on such a large piece. It's so bright, stark white, it almost glows! The satin sheen was a good choice, though. I've used it for other pieces, and I've found it to be very forgiving on an imperfect surface, and it gives the furniture a soft glow, instead of being so shiny.

I had never used a miter box or done any kind of trim work, and I thought this would be a good practice piece. I learned a few tricks doing that, too.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2010 at 10:19AM
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A million times better!! Nice job.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2010 at 9:56AM
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Very nice job! It's clean and tidy and inconspicuous.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2010 at 11:03AM
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