First big project! Fixing up an old amoire? Advice!!(:

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
673 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@figgnewton:  If it’s real wood then I would say it’s a great deal. I think your color combo would be great. I don’t know about painting the inside of the drawers. Are you using it for a dresser or to store misc non-clothing items?

Your first step, I believe, is to take off the knobs and hardware and sand!

Post # 4
2627 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

What will go in the top? Are you keeping the doors on?

If not, it would look great to line the back of the top of the armoir with tin tiles. Really chic looking.

Also, do some reading before you simply paint it. The type of paint, the prep, the sealant, the type of rollers/brushes etc you use will make a big difference in the way it looks and wears. just sanding and painting and it will not hold up to normal use very well.

I would probably replace the handles, or remove them and refinish them too with a hardy spraypaint finish (chrome, bronze etc)

Post # 6
1007 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Sand and/or use liquid deglosser to create a good surface for painting.  Oil based paint is the most durable (and it doesn’t get that kind of sticky feeling that latex painted surfaces do) but it’s smelly so it only works if you have an outside workspace.  I would probably not use water-based paint on the inside of the drawers because stufff might stick to it when it gets warm- but oil based should be fine if it’s given plenty of drying time.  You can also clearcoat it to reduce the possibility of sticking and to give it a shiny finish (or a matte one if you prefer it).  Try googling for furniture painting and restoration tutorials.  

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