So, here is the dresser that we started out with:
I had already taken most of the hardware off; I tend to forget to take pictures before I start because I just get so excited, haha :)
This old dresser came from my parent's (for free, bonus!) and is actually the same dresser I used during college. We originally got it from an auction and the finish was kind of...well weird. Someone had tried to do a faux wood grain finish, and it was interesting looking to say the least, this picture doesn't do it justice. Needless to say, it was ready for an update!
I didn't take any pictures of the process, but we did the basic furniture refinishing steps that you can find on pretty much anyone's blog these days.
First, I sanded it a bit, then sprayed it down with Kilz primer-I think we did 2 coats to cover it well. Since we chose a white crib, we decided to go with white furniture to match. We sprayed it with Krylon white, in a semi-gloss finish. I think it took at least 2 coats, we may have done 3 though.
After that was thoroughly dry, I went to work on some glazing. This is the first time I've ever glazed and I'm SO glad I did it! We LOVE how it turned out! And glazing is actually super easy-especially since you can just wipe it off if you don't like how it looks (as long as it hasn't dried obviously). The glaze gave it just the right amount of antique look that I wanted :)
I also sealed it with 3 coats of a water based poly, just to help protect it from scratches and such.
I spray painted the brass colored hardware with an oil rubbed bronze paint (after doing a coat of Kilz, though I'm not sure if that was necessary or not, I wanted to be on the safe side!)
I seriously love it! It is going along well with our vintage inspired nursery :-)
It is amazing what some paint and glaze can do for furniture! We were a little intimidated to spray paint such a big piece of furniture, but it really turned out good! (Just be prepared to need a lot of spray paint!)
This dresser (and some other furniture for the nursery that I will be posting about in the near future) are really our first experiences with painting furniture, so if we can do it, then I know you can too! :)