The How to Guide to staining a mid-century dresser.

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I love a well built mid-century dresser. They can certainly make the perfect statement piece for virtually any space. I recently found one at an estate sale. It was in rough shape when I first bought it but I knew that it had major potential. It took me two days to revamp it and it looks pretty good if I do say so my self.

Here's what it looked like before...

I thought I would give you guys a few pointers just in case you ever decide to take on such a project. I will say, it is definitely a process that takes time. So if your a speedy type of gal, you may want to pass this project on. 

Here is what you will need:

  1. Electric sander

Electric sander

2. Rust-oleum Weathered Gray, Driftwood and Kona stain. These can be purchased at Lowes.

3. White high-gloss paint

4. Blue painters tape

5. Goggles

6. Gloves

 

Preparation:

Begin by removing all of the draws from the dresser. Then remove all of the handles and screws from the dresser. Wipe down the dresser with a damp cloth assuring that all cobwebs and dirt have been removed.

Sanding:

Now the fun part begins,  sand the dresser and draws down until all of the existing paint has been stripped. This will take some time to completed but it is a very essential step. Now that everything has been properly sanded down, wipe the dresser and draws with a damp cloth. Let everything sit overnight to assure that everything is dry.

Painting:

Paint the outer layer of the dresser white or the color of your choice. You can use any white paint that you have. I used Benjamin Moore's Simply White Then, let everything dry.

Use a rag to start staining the cabinets. Take gentle strokes starting from left to right. Let everything sit for a few hours.

You can choose to use a polyurethane to seal and protect the dresser. I personally skipped this step. It has been several months since I painted the dresser and it is holding up pretty nicely.

I hope this was helpful!

Bye for now!