Thursday, October 13, 2011

Campaign Dresser: Before & After

My coveted campaign dresser is finally done!
Thank the Lord because this thing was wearing me out between all the wrong paint choices and never having enough time to work on it.
Here is the before shot of my campaign dresser I scored off Craigslist:


I figured I'd use a pretty basic tutorial to refinish it. Nothing over the top and fancy.
First step was to remove the brass hardware and give the whole thing a good sanding.
I used a 120 grit paper for the first sanding to get all the scratches and dents smoothed out. After that, I would sand in between each prime & paint layer with  400 grit.


Next step was to prime.
I used Zinsser Fast Prime 2.
I chose the water-base over oil-base because of the easy clean up and low odor.
It went on really well with great coverage.


You can get this primer tinted in a few options so since I was painting the dresser a dark blue, I had the primer tinted to the darkest color possible. 
I used a roller brush for the front of the drawers and top and sides but this little foam brush worked perfect for the small trim on the front.



I only needed to do 1 coat of primer because of the great coverage. But before I painted I made sure to sand lightly with my 400 grit paper to smooth out any imperfections.


I had mentioned earlier that I painted my first layer the wrong color. I was going for more of a dark navy blue but when the paint dried, it had too much of a grey undertone. I should also mention I purchased my paint in a flat finish. I knew I was going to be using a semi-gloss sealer in the end so there was no need to buy paint with any gloss to it. This paint color is called Chanson Bleu.




So I tried again with a new paint color this time. It's called Blue Navy from Pittsburgh Paint.
 I gave the dresser another sanding and then added 2 more layers of the new paint color. (Sanding in between layers of course)

The last step was to apply the polyurethane.
Here's what I used:
I chose a semi-gloss because I didn't want the dresser to have too much shine to it.
And again, water base because of the easy clean up and low odor.
It also has a drying time of only 3 hours so I was able to apply 2 coats in one evening.

And here is my new campaign dresser:


To be honest, I was going for more of a dark navy and it kind of turned into a dark royal blue.
Maybe one day when I'm ambitious enough I will redo it but for now I'm happy with the finished product.



One step closer to getting this room done!

6 comments:

Amy said...

Wow! Looks absolutely beautiful!! I have an old dresser I would like to paint but I'm not quite brave enough :P Maybe one day!!

Andrea Johnson said...

That looks awesome! Just found your blog:)

Andrea

www.frommylivingroom.blogspot.com

samaa @ Honey Sweet Home said...

Gorgeous!!! I just found a little campaign dresser at my local Goodwill so I've been searching for colour inspiration, and that's how I found you :) You did a gorgeous job, I totally love it! Did you spray out your hardware or just clean and polish it?

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Adriana said...

Wow, that looks amazing! I agree that a darker blue would have been perfect, but I really enjoy this blue as well. You did a really fantastic job :)

xo, Adriana.
Horses of Ares

eleven11 said...

What did you use to get the handles so bright and gold?