There are a couple of pieces of furniture I’ve been meaning to paint/refinish, but I have put it off because the thought of having to sand them first made me want to give up before I even started. Surely, I’m not the only person that is too lazy to sand furniture before painting it.
As a Lowe’s Creative Ideas Network member, I’m at Lowe’s quite a bit and was able to find Zinsser Bulls Eye Primer and Sealer that promised to stick to all surfaces without sanding and I got some Valspar Ultra Paint + Primer (I chose it because it is zero VOC).
The piece of furniture I’ve most been wanting to refinish is a dresser that I bought from a good friend. I love the build and shape of the dresser, but the finish was junk.
I cleaned the surface of the dresser and removed all the hardware before applying the primer. This is where I admit to making a ROOKIE mistake that I will never make again.
What was my rookie mistake? I bought primer that could be tinted, but I did not get it tinted. I left is white when I knew that I was painting the dresser a shade of black. Duh! Not a smooth move.
Regardless, after applying the primer and letting it dry…I added a a couple of coats of paint, replaced the hardware, and ended up with this…
Is it perfect? No. If I wanted perfect, I probably should have sanded it first, BUT I like it SOOO much better than before and am totally embracing its perfect imperfection.
I don’t even mind if it gets scraped up and the original finish shows in places (but I do wish I had used tinted primer because I don’t really want to see the white primer).
Even though the dresser is fairly large, I had plenty of primer and paint left over to refinish a street find that we’ve been using as a nightstand.
This nightstand was driving me crazy with it’s ugliness. It reminded me of a bad dream I had in the 70’s or maybe it wasn’t a dream, maybe it just looks a lot like the furniture I had in my room in the 70’s. Now, that I’ve done a lazy-no-sand-refinish…I’m totally diggin’ it!
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Disclosure: I am a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Blogger Network. I was provided with a gift card to complete this project. All statements and opinions are mine.