In part one you got to meet the grand lady, the chiffonier- a sideboard/dresser. In part two, she will be under a transformation with a little nip & tuck, just a little. You will see the final result, painted and accessorized with more tips to make your job better (if you are interested in refurbishing.) Would like to check out part one, click here.
Now, let's start with a quick rundown from part one before you see the painting done:
Sanding back the water mark on the chiffonier. I didn't need to sand back the entire dresser to it's original timber, just the top lacquer coat to allow Penetrol (see below) to absorb better.
Penetrol was my saviour, it allowed me to save time on having to sand the dresser back to the raw timber. The Penetrol gave me a good surface for my undercoat to key to. Penetrol is a paint conditioner and primer which I used on its own rather than mix it in with the paint. This helped provide the timber with a sealed, non porous finish to allow a smoother paint job. I did 2 coats, each time allowing it to dry. No need to be too precious as it is clear and runny, but don't brush it on thick either.
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Now the paint job..
After 2 coats of Penetrol, it was time for the undercoat. Dulux Prepcoat- a water based primer, sealer and undercoat in white. Tip: Water based can be a good choice for furniture especially for a nursery as it doesn't have smelly chemicals.
Now remove the drawers, old door handles/knobs and before you start to use the undercoat.
The above photo shows my first lick of undercoat paint. I did at least 2 coats, because I am super fussy. The undercoat is a little thicker and chalkier than the top coat, it tends to fill in the timber grain and uneven surfaces. The undercoat is sanded back in between coats creating a good surface for your final paint. Warning! Be aware of drips, especially in corners. Tip: Wipe off drips with your finger and if you have any untidy drips whilst undercoating, sand back.
Top coat I used: Taubmans water based enamel gloss in white.
It is best to remove the doors, sand back the sides and paint separately when you do the top coat for a better finish. Tip: If necessary cover locks, hinges with masking tape. Tip: Fill any gaps or holes with a timber filler.
In above photo, you can see how far I painted in. Be aware where it needs to be painted when you open the doors and draws. Tip: Use painters tape if you want an extra professional finish when painting a straight line.
You may encounter this '#$@*!' moment with these spots or small patches of chipped paint. Tip: Lightly sand with a sandpaper grit 400 (very fine) and paint over the spot. If you are fussy like me, I primed it first then top coat otherwise just use as many coats of top coat paint you need on this spot, not the entire section.
Next the shelves. For a unique finish, you can cover the inner shelves and/or inside the draws with contact, wallpaper, thicker craft paper or paint. I chose paint for a durable finish. The colour I decided on was a neutral colour suitable for a nursery room called Daffodil Mist by Taubmans, a sample pot size was enough. Warning! Make sure you see the paint colour before you pay for it. I was mixed a different brand and the yellow was more mustard (baby poo), not the colour you'd want for a nursery room.
Once the shelves were dried, I fitted the new hinges on to the door. Then I drill and screwed on the new door knobs I bought from Ikea.
When I painted the top of the chiffonier with the final top coat, paint with one stroke across the length using a wider brush for a seamless finish.
I then allowed the chiffonier to dry for a week so the paint could harden. Tip: Before I slid in the draws, I rubbed wax on the sides and under the draws so it would create less friction for a smoother slide. It was then ready for delivery.
I dropped off the chiffonier the weekend before my friend's baby shower and it looks great in her Federation home. I will be post photos next week to show you the chiffonier in her new room.
What did you think of the transformation? I am hooked to do more especially when most of us don't have the space or time to refurbish a furniture. So watch this space!
Please note: I am not affiliated nor endorsing any of the products mentioned in this series of posts based on the chiffonier. Personal choice for quantity finish.