A dresser in your kitchen? What, are you crazy? Well, yes yes I am! I shared this idea a couple years ago and even though I no longer have a dresser in my kitchen I still love this idea. This dresser is a little taller than a buffet and can store (hide) a lot!
We have a limited amount of cabinet and countertop space in our kitchen. One day I have plans for knocking out walls and adding a bar but that will probably be one of the last updates we get to. Kitchens are one of the most expensive updates! For a while I used this painted dresser. I knew I needed a storage solution in the kitchen and this dresser was the perfect height to double as buffet.
This was my second piece to refinish… my first attempt at a dresser redo, or any furniture redo, was a piece we picked up free on the side of the road. It wasn’t wood and I thought I could cover up everything with a coat of paint and call it good. Boy was I wrong! Once I spray painted it the circular sanding squiggles revealed themselves. Note: You can’t cover those up! You have to sand them out with a fine grit. That led me to cover it with gift wrap and Mod Podge. Before you cringe it could have been cute but after cutting 1 in by 1 in squares and Mod Podging each one on you kind of lose your creative drive. I wanted to leave the darn thing in Utah when we moved but the hubs knew I spent so much time on it that he said we had to take it. So our garage has become the ugly dresser’s new home. (update: the hubs just mentioned I can get rid of the darn thing during the next city clean up! A party has been scheduled!) And no I will not post pictures – it is far too embarrassing!
I am proud to say I sanded, primed and painted two layers on this bad boy! The color is Jackfruit by Behr in a high gloss. I chose a high gloss because it will be in the kitchen with high traffic.
I hit the dresser jackpot the day I bought this one. I also bought a 1960s dresser that will make an appearance later and a cute little rocking chair. Can’t wait to get started on those!
Update! *Instructions* 🙂
Yellow Painted Kitchen Dresser
I’ve had several of you ask for instructions and I am so happy to share!
1. Find a great piece of furniture. I am new to this too and I think I lucked out but I will post more about this as I become more of an expert.
2. Gather your supplies. There’s nothing worse then getting into a groove only to find out you need to make another run … or two… to Home Depot. I used a Black and Decker random orbital sander with 220 grit paper, a 220 grit sanding block, wood filler, primer in a spray can, Behr paint (1 quart and only used half), a roller for smooth surfaces (or paint sprayer if you have one), and new hardware.
3. Rough up your entire piece with the sander. You can do this by hand but it will take some time and your arms will get tired. The hard to reach places will take some hand sanding, this is what the block comes in handy for. You’re not stripping down to the wood! This process takes some patience but not that much patience.
3. Fill in any scratches with the wood filler. A note from my mom – You can tell when the wood filler is dry and can be sanded down if the color of it is lighter and it sands like wood (fine dust not beaded up mess). Make sure your surface is smooth before moving onto the next step.
4. Spray on your primer. I was being super careful about this step and maybe that’s why it turned out so smooth or maybe I just took my time. But you do end up softly sanding this layer too so don’t take too much time on it. My primer said to wait 1 hour before sanding. In some places I did and in some I felt like it was dry so I didn’t.
5. Gently sand the primer with the 220 grit sanding block. This helps the paint adhere to the surface.
6. Make sure everything is ready for painting before this step. It’s easier to paint everything at once. Start rolling. It looks a little splotchy on this coat but the second coat will clear that up.
7. Let the surface completely dry. Rough up the surface with the sand paper or steel wool if you have it.
8. Paint your second coat just like the first. This coat should look more smooth. I was surprised that a lot of the splotchy look went away with the second coat and the paint started to smooth out as it dried. It’s not a perfectly smooth surface but unless you are squinting and standing really close you can’t see it.
Good luck! Send me pictures of your projects!