We’ve actually rebuilt part of a leg on a buffet with it! Fill in any other holes, gashes, or gouges on the piece so that the piece is nice and smooth when you paint.
There were a couple spots from the knobs that I wanted to fill, so I used wood filler on them. Using a pencil and drawer template (or measuring tape), measure and mark where you want to mount your hardware.
Following the instructions on the package, fill old hardware holes with epoxy putty.
On a lot of older pieces of furniture, for some reason, they used larger drawer pulls.
The pulls on this piece were 4.5″ wide and it’s hard to find that size these days, so I filled in the holes so I could use new, more modern pulls. It’s definitely worth having on hand if you ever repair furniture.
When it dries is just as hard as wood, if not harder.
It’s relatively easy to update your furniture by following a few steps.
I had a friend ask me to paint this piece for her in a more modern or “full coverage” look recently, so I thought I’d share a few tips on how to give old furniture a modern look using one of my favorite, go-to paints, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®.
In this case, I’m updating a dresser, so there are a few extra steps.
If you’re just looking to update a piece of furniture and don’t have to replace any hardware, you can skip to the bottom of the post where I share some painting tips.2.
I actually had to use a couple drill bits because I stared out too small, but I’d much rather have to move up a size or two than have a huge hole! Paint your piece with one coat of Chalk Paint® making sure to use long, even strokes to achieve a smooth finish.
Once the first coat is dry, lightly sand all flat surfaces with a fine sanding sponge – probably around a 220 grit.10.
If you still have a little bit of wood showing through here and there (which will happen more if you paint a light color on a dark piece or vice versa), pour a little chalk paint into a plastic cup and mix in a bit of water to thin it out.