Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Laminate topped dresser re-do

Oh wow!! Never want to do this again!! Check out this... I was told that with chalk paint, you do not have to rough up the laminate before painting. That you can paint ANYTHING. Well, not so. This is what happened when I painted the laminate without roughing it up. I tried to paint a 2nd coat and it started to take up the paint. I took a cloth to it and it all just started coming up like nothing at all.
I did not have a problem with the drawers. Thank goodness!!
The before photo is awful. Haha! We dumped all his stuff onto the top and I didn't feel like cleaning it off before taking the before picture. n I could see all the lines from the sandpaper on the top. I used an 80 grit because I didn't feel like the 320 was roughing it up enough. I should not have done that. The paint stuck to it like glue but looked terrible after. I then used a 320 grit to sand the paint smooth and then repainted with a black chalk paint. I used a Polyacrylic to seal up the whole dresser. A friend stopped by while I was still doing the Poly and it dried before I got back out to it. there were drips and splotches that dried white and not clear. I was not happy. I repainted the top with the black chalk paint again, the next morning. I then used a black Annie Sloan wax to seal the top. I was done with the Poly. It tends to foam up and if you do not get all the foamy parts to smooth out before it dries, it dries white and looks terrible. This was a super cheap dresser that my son has had. I just wanted to make it took decent and not as ugly as ugly gets like it was. I want to buy him a nice all wood dresser to re-do and get rid of this one. This will tide him over until them. :)
The blue paint is the Dixie Belle paint in Bunker Hill Blue. The black was Dixie Belle's Midnight Sky.

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