I’ve been wanting a Campaign Dresser for some time now. I have been trolling Craigslist looking for one to refurbish. One was listed for $50 a few months ago, but I was out of town, and someone scooped it up quickly (I saw the SAME dresser, without any changes, re-listed a week later for $350 but I wasn’t about to pay that much for it!).
I found this one last week through Craigslist at a storage/warehouse in Burbank for $100.
The paint wasn’t in too bad of shape, and there was very little damage that couldn’t be fixed with a bit of putty. The brass hardware was very tarnished. By the way, did you know that you can tell if hardware is brass by holding a magnet to it? If it’s brass, it will not stick to the magnet. If the magnet sticks, it is likely steel with brass plating.
I had already decided on the color I wanted: Sherwin Williams Coral Reef. It was their Color of the Year in 2015, described as “Upbeat, optimistic, Coral Reef celebrates time for renewal”. It’s going to work perfectly in my office.
Brush or Roll?
I looked at a number of tutorials before starting to paint because this is the first time I’ve painted furniture. Some tutorials recommended using a brush, others recommended a roller. I opted to roll. Sherwin Williams was my one stop shop for materials. It’s important to get premium paint, and Pro Classic fit the bill.
Sherwin Williams Coral Reef (Quart) Pro-Classic (I chose Semi-Gloss)
Sherwin Williams 6 inch roller in Mohair
Sherwin Williams Primer
Tip: Sherwin Williams added some of the Coral Reef color to the primer – it helped ensure I needed less coats of paint to fully cover the dresser (2 coats was all it took). I applied the coat of primer and let it dry. Then I allowed about 30 minutes between the 2 coats of paint.
Restoring the Hardware
Truth be told, I wasn’t sure how the hardware would turn out, because it was in pretty bad shape. I read a lot of tutorials here as well. I tried a few things – vinegar and lemon juice (didn’t work), a paste of salt, flour and white vinegar (failed too!). Then I read about placing the hardware in hot water for a few minutes to remove the top coat of varnish. That helped. At the end of the day, Bar Keeper’s Friend Soft Cleanser was the best aid in restoring the hardware, along with a soft cloth.
Until next time.