You just looked up Fetor didn’t you 🙂
In my last post I described my challenges with How to get this stinky pig pen dresser sanitized, deodorized and primed just to get to the point where it could be painted with some nice paint. DEODORIZED YES we did!!! WHEW…that was something else..haha. Let’s recap the BEFORE pic shall we!?
Sorry I kept you hanging though on my last post…. When you see the pictures of the drawer fronts you will understand why. There was still a lot more work. Even though my BEFORE picture does not reveal how bad the veneer was peeling up and lifting up, it started to break off as I touched it when I got it home. With how damp it had been, the veneer was in rough shape. I decided that I was going to try to take all of the veneer off by hand. OK….no can do on that one!! Check out these pictures after I tried to peel as much of the veneer off with a spackle knife. What a mess!
I did some research on how to remove the veneer with ease! Here is the source that I found via Decor Adventures. She said that with some elbow grease, using a hot iron over a wet rag did the trick for her. I decided to buy a cheap iron for this since I knew this was going to be a messy job and didn’t want to destroy my clothes iron. The weird thing was that when I used the iron it looked like there were 2 layers of veneer. One layer that was coming off and another plywood veneer that was warping underneath. I was biting my fingernails because I didn’t think that they usually used 2 layers for veneer. This raised a huge question for me; was this second warping layer actually veneer or was it the wood of the drawer front? If it was the core of the drawer front, I may be screwed! Ahh… I decided to keep ironing anyway!!
Yes it started to work! Both layers started to peel up and what was underneath was solid wood! WOHOO! I set the iron on the wet rag and let it sit for 2-3 minutes at times. Dang, still in some areas though, it seemed really tough to get that veneer off!!! Trying to muscle my way through this I knew this still could be easier…… and that is when I thought of my precious little tool that sits at the top of my closet. MY STEAMER! I knew that I could use the iron to get the initial veneer peel up and then I could use the steamer to steam the glue from underneath. This really started to make the job easier.
I used both tools (the iron and steamer) and combined, I was able to pick up speed. and Finally one drawer down!
MEANWHILE…..Ed assisted with his woodworking clamps in his workshop to glue up the back of a broken drawer! The back of one of the drawers was cracked in half.
Finally the 2 layered veneer is off 3 of the drawers!! Keep going…..
Once the veneers were all off, I sanded down the drawer fronts with our orbital sander.
Of course you’re not ready for paint you stinky dresser you! 🙂 What are you thinking? In areas where I had to pry up the veneer with some force, the hard wood underneath got damaged in a few small areas. Even after sanding, some areas needed to be filled. This is where we decided to use BONDO!!
NOTE: In the very beginning, Ed and I had debated whether to use Bondo on the whole surface of the drawer front to even out the broken veneer instead of removing the veneer. I have seen this done with this product before. However we decided against that and to remove the whole veneer. Since the BONDO sets up very fast and since we had 5 drawer fronts with veneer problems we thought it may have been just as much work as it would be to remove the veneer completely. So instead, we removed it and used the bondo for touch-ups. Ed helped me out here since he is much more familiar with the product.
Bondo does create a super smooth finish when sanded!!! Definitely look into this product! For a painted finish it worked great!
Yes, we are ready to finally add some pretty paint to this dresser:
I used BENJAMIN MOORE ADVANCE.
This color was Linen white in Satin finish! I love this paint!!!
Ed used this paint on our wet-bar cabinets in our sun-room 5 years ago, and they still look amazing! We did not even put a top-coat on them. Benjamin Moore ADVANCE is thick and very durable and using our EARLEX sprayer, he really got a professional looking result. I usually clean them by just wiping them down. Even though ADVANCE is for cabinets, I have used it before on furniture and love the result. With kids, I decided that I wanted durability for this dresser not a chipping headache. 2 coats of paint with our sprayer did the trick!
AND HERE IT IS!!!! THE FINAL RESULT!!! I AM SO HAPPY IT’S DONE!!
I went searching online for the most perfect pull for this dresser. I was thinking possibly something Victorian looking or something similar to the pull that was originally on the dresser to begin with. However, I am so happy I didn’t do that. I needed to switch up the look to not be reminded of this dresser’s feral beginnings. Change is good!! 🙂 In the end, we ended up at Home Depot! My daughter saw these pulls and told me I must buy them for the dresser. I think she has a good eye….because…….
So…..the Before, and AFTER! ‘Fetching’? Tell me your thoughts in the comments, I would love to hear!
So, I know what your next question is going to be.
OK..OK, it doesn’t smell like flowers …..it smells like paint. Slight exaggeration:) However my flower embellishments were appropriate! I smell paint now and my brain registers an oh so pleasing scent compared to the ‘FETOR’ that was there when I started this project. HA!
Makeover is DONE!! Onto my next…..
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