I lightly sanded the entire dresser and all the drawers, just to rough up the surfaces and prepare for painting.Wiped down the dresser to remove residue. I also removed all the hardware. I wasn't sure if I should change them out or redo? I found as I removed them that thankfully the hideous handles came apart. So that meant I could spray paint the metal ends too! Ha!
I laid down plastic sheeting and spray painted my dresser outside. (Spray in a well ventilated area.) Unfortunately I didn't take pictures of all my steps, I did this project well before I ever considered blogging :)
I sprayed the outside of the dresser and the outside of each drawer. After the first coat dried, I sprayed a second coat of paint. Remember to follow the instructions on your spray paint can for spraying distance and dry time. I also spray painted the wooden handles black.
I had some silver spray paint lying around so I decided to spray paint the metal ends for each handle with silver. Perfect.
After checking over my project and looking for imperfections, I noticed how the top of the dresser had blemishes in the surface and after 2 coats of spray paint you could still see these blemishes from an angle. Not cool. Was I worried? No. Ok, maybe for a minute. Then remembered I had black contact paper!
I was so happy I had this on hand. I couldn't think of a better way to make my top surface look superb. Plus, I remembered WHO I was making this dresser for. A little boy who will undoubtedly run his hotwheels over and over and over the top of the dresser lol.
I followed the instructions and measured and cut my paper to cover the entire top surface of the dresser. This is a close-up of the contact paper I used. It has a nice texture to it.
Using a foam brush, I also applied a polyacrylic top coat to my painted surfaces for protection.
When everything was dry enough to handle I installed the hardware and grabbed a couple "willing" bodies to help me move this beast into my son's room. I had to hand paint the metal corner pieces. I really wanted to spray paint them but no go. I had silver acrylic paint on hand for small crafts and just painted with a small artist's brush. This dresser came out great and has so much room for his things!