Post # 1
We are painting the dresser for our little bedroom/office/craft room/storage/nursery one day. Right now it is white, and the paint is peeling, but the structure is in good shape except for one drawer which is easily fixed. All of you reno-savvy bees, can you tell me, am i supposed to remove the paint before applying new paint, or can i just sand it down to take the paint? i have a cordless palm sander, but it makes a mess and doesnt last very long. Help?
Post # 3
I just painted a dresser the other day.i only sanded the spots that were peeling to get the chips off & make it smooth. I did give the whole thing a once over with sandpaper to rough it up a bit so the paint would stick, but I didn’t try to get the old paint off. Then I used primer & painted once the primer was dry. I usedregular old handheld sandpaper, too. It turned out great.
Heres a website with great tips on furniture painting: http://www.younghouselove.com/2009/02/how-to-paint-furniture/
Post # 4
I second Young House Love on how to paint anything. I got a bit nuts one summer and painted a ton of our crappy, second-hand furniture to make it match. The polycrylic coat on top of the paint is a nice touch. It makes it look a lot more professional, and also makes it easier to clean and helps prevent chipping. (all great for a nursery.) It can also be worth buying good quality paint. It goes on a lot better.
There’s no need to get all the old paint off. You just want to sand it to rough up the surface and give the paint/primer something to cling to. The only time you want to get all the paint of is if it is peeling — your new coat will peel, too.
Post # 5
My husband and I refurbished an ancient dresser last fall. It was about 30 years old, painted a deep green (I bet the paint had lead in it!). We wanted to paint it a deep rich brown color, and we had to sand it with a power sander to get all the green off. If you are going to do this, DO IT OUTSIDE because the paint dust went everywhere and covered the entire garage and all of its contents. We put 3 coats on the dresser and it worked great, but it would have taken more paint if we hadn’t sanded it first. we put new pewter knobs too. Looks great! Have fun!