Refurbishing Used Previously Painted Furniture
Repairing used furniture can be time consuming but is a necessary evil. I’ve mentioned numerous times that prepping furniture is the most important part of a furniture makeover. Well, repairs are part of prepping. I talk this a lot because it has to be done.
The chest of drawers I have for you today was already painted when I bought it. But, it did need a few repairs. (Facebook Live Tour Video of Butler’s Antiques at the end of the post.)
Previously Painted Furniture
If you saw the post yesterday about all those chairs I bought at the junk shop then you’ve seen this chest of drawers.
The color is so pretty I didn’t want to paint it again. The paint is chipped in several places but I’m leaving that as is after a bit of clean up.
When I unloaded the chest from the truck I heard a couple of clunks. Not a good sound. Too heavy for money (always dreaming of the day). Two of the drawer sliders on the left hand side of the chest fell off.
Repairing Used Furniture
Not a difficult repair. Instead of wood glue I used my favorite power tool, the cordless Ryobi Brad Nailer, to nail the runners back in place. Waiting for glue to dry is even worse than waiting for paint to dry.
Next order of business was to clean the inside of the chest body (casing?)
I sucked up all that dust then wiped the inside clean using Simple Green. Soap and water works too.
The inside of the drawers were in good shape but the dove tail on the sides was loose. Nailed again. I was a little worried the wood would split when I used the nailer but it didn’t.
As I mentioned the paint was chipped in several places. The paint really wasn’t something I wanted to distress heavily. I just went over the rough spots with sandpaper then I did something different. I went over the paint with Howard’s Feed n Wax. Yes, I know the Feed n Wax it isn’t for paint but it shined it up nicely and gave the raw wood a bit of color. I wiped the wax off after a few minutes because it let the paint feeling a little slick.
FYI, shining up paint is not what the Feed n Wax is intended for. It’s up to you weather you want to try this technique.
I decided to leave the hardware as is. I could have painted it but wasn’t sure what color I would use. I wiped the drawer pulls with Feed n Wax too. ( by the way, I don’t work for Howard’s, just love their products)
The green chest of drawers is now ready to go to the shop. What do you think? Should I have painted it?
I have a few favorite pieces I’ve painted green…..
The lime green nightstand is one of my favorite green makeovers. And to think I didn’t like the paint to start with. Read the story about the paint and the bed (another piece that was already painted) here…..Lime Green Nightstand.
The wardrobe is green and black, another of my favorites…..Stenciled Wardrobe.
Get a look at the junk shop and the owner in the video below….
Butler’s Antiques in Kentucky
That’s it for me. Thanks for being here. You guys have a great weekend, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com