Sunday, June 26, 2016

Another ornate 70's dresser!

 I love doing these 1970 dressers, but the prep work is ridiculous! Because these are made with a laminate type coating, painting can be challenging. Prep work is imperative on these. 

Heres what I started with. Lovely. You can't be too zealous w/the sanding or else you go through these mdf tops and end up w/a very rough, nonsandable surface. 
All of the drawers had this factory finish that was peeling. I had to hand-sand every single drawer! Can you say, "nightmare"?  Took me hours and hours to get these smooth. 

Then after priming, I had to go back and smooth them by sanding again. And sometime priming again! I was really hating the day I brought home this thing. 

But after all was said and done, it did clean up nicely. 
The handles got a spray of Metallic Rose Gold by Rustoleum. Goes perfectly with the pink. 

I used my Fine Paints of Europe Eco line in a "Ballet Pink" color.  No bubblegum pink for this lady. 
This piece can be used by a girl of any age! 

And of course my signature paint on the drawers! I used Berry for the middle and a medium gray for the outer drawers.  Again, Everything was sanded, primed and painted. Because I used a glossy paint, every piece of lint and hair will show. Before I paint, I even have to prep my garage area by sweeping and mopping the floor down with water to get the dust to settle. Look at that reflective top! And I brushed it, not sprayed. I gave it at least 6 coats with plenty of fine sanding in between coats. That's the only way you can get a fine, smooth finish. Try wet sanding with a 600 grit. 


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  2. Wow! So beautiful! I'm not sure I would have the patience, but it sure looks marvelous!

  3. Wow, this is stunning and talk about attention to detail! Love the surprise colors on the drawers. Congrats on it selling within a day!

  4. So much patience and work went into this. It is fabulous! I see why it sold so quickly.

  5. Such a beautiful finish. I'm so in awe of your talent and patience with the sanding. Love the color, tool Thanks so much for sharing with us at Friday's Furniture Fix. Susie from The Chelsea Project

  6. Great you Are happy

    I've got one myself because like 10 decades. I enjoy it as well, not modded as yours however.

    At this time it doesn't operate, it chokes if warm. Brought into some neigbour of mine and he will get a deeper look at it.

    It feels like a few have had difficulty using the automatic decompression valve, so does yours have this?

    Have a fantastic day!

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