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May 21, 2010

Dresser Reveal

My apologies for the lack of before pics. I was too excited to start!

In this project I used paint conditioner for the first time.
(image via homedepot.com)

It's a must for getting a really nice finish on your final product. I found that I had to give my project an extra coat, though. Floetrol is for latex paints, and Penetrol is the version for oil-based paints.
The dresser



Materials:

Dresser, craigslist purchase, $65
Zinsser 123 primer, $15/gal [used less than 1 qt]
Olympic 15-year, base 2 in semigloss, $15/gal [used less than 1 qt]
Floetrol latex paint conditioner, $9.97/qt [used less than half]
Krylon ORB spray paint, $2.97/can [used ~ 1/4]
good paint brush, already had
sandpaper, 150 and  320 grit, already had

total cost: ~$79; refinishing cost: $14
not the cheapest, but definitely better than spending the same money for new furniture.

Process:
  1. Remove hardware, clean and set aside
  2. Sand all surfaces to be painted with 150 grit paper
  3. Wipe surfaces
  4. Prime, 2 coats
  5. Sand with 320 grit paper
  6. Paint with floetrol-diluted semigloss
  7. Repeat 5 & 6 to get the desired finish
  8. Spray hardware with ORB
  9. Reinstall hardware
Lessons learned:
  • Correct ratio (for me) was pretty close to the maximum that the Floetrol can indicates; this increased the number of coats for full coverage.
  • Floetrol increases drying time, plan on letting the paint dry/cure overnight
I've linked up to Domestically Speaking's Power of Paint Party (POPP). Check out all the creative submissions!

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