October 27, 2014 Jameela 0Comment
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I love to do DIY. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of time to undertake all the DIY projects I would like to. Mostly because I don’t make the time. This project was different: this project was for my daughter. For a 2.5 year old, my daughter has a lot of stuff. Almost none of it purchased by me. Most of it was purchased for her by her many admirers! I believe that all children’s items should stay in their rooms. Once you let their things creep into other areas of the home you lose control!

Anyway, my daughter needed a new piece of furniture and my sister was looking to get rid of one. She had a chest of drawers that was almost as old as her which was covered in stickers that used to be sparkly and teenage angst lyrics. I think she decided that it was time to part ways with this chest as she moved into her 20s.

My mother and I decided to make this a weekend project. I will document this like a tutorial, so if you ever decide to take it on you know will know what you will need.

before and after

Tools:

  • CleanerDIY Refinishing a little girls chest of drawers cleaner
  • MaskDIY Refinishing a little girls chest of drawers mask
  • RagDIY Refinishing a little girls chest of drawers
  • Screw Driver. Preferably a super cool screw driver with many options head options.DIY Refinishing a little girls chest of drawers screw driver
  • SanderDIY Refinishing a little girls chest of drawers
  • Sandpaper to use with the sander. Manual sanding would take way too much time. DIY Refinishing a little girls chest of drawers sand paper
  • Safety gogglesDIY Refinishing a little girls chest of drawers safety glasses
  • Spray PaintDIY Refinishing a little girls chest of drawers spray paint

We chose three colours for the dresser, because I didn’t want it to be too “gendered” with just pink and purple. We also chose three colours because we really couldn’t decide!

Step 1: Take off the handles.

You can wash them with a mild cleaner and reuse them. You can also replace them with new ones. We liked that these were feminine (can’t get away from the gender expectations!) with the gold detail.

DIY Refinishing a little girls chest of drawers mask

Step 2: Sand all the surfaces.

This part took the better part of an hour. Maybe more with breaks. We made sure to sand off all those lame lyrics! This step is super important. If you don’t do this well the spray paint will not adhere well.DIY Refinishing a little girls chest of drawers sanding the top

Step 3: Spray Paint Surfaces

Wait until each layer is dry before applying a new layer. We used a can of spray paint for the top and two cans for the sides, bottom, and drawers.DIY Refinishing a little girls chest of drawers DIY Refinishing a little girls chest of drawers

DIY Refinishing a little girls chest of drawers

Step 4 and 5: Reattach handles and place the drawers back.

I think this should go without saying, but there are always those who are either lost or annoyed with an incomplete list.

DIY Refinishing a little girls chest of drawers

DIY Refinishing a little girls chest of drawers

Final thoughts

I like the there is shine to the dress of drawers. It is shiny and sparkly like my daughter’s personality and colourful and vibrant like her too! 🙂 I think this chest of drawers has come a long way from its depressing days in my sisters room. If the chest of drawers wasn’t an inanimate object it would thank me for being revitalized! DIY Refinishing a little girls chest of drawers DIY Refinishing a little girls chest of drawersDIY Refinishing a little girls chest of drawers DIY Refinishing a little girls chest of drawers before DIY Refinishing a little girls chest of drawers before