I have had this oak wardrobe for nearly 30 years; it came with the bedroom set my parents got me when I was 2. It is a great piece of solid furniture, but it needed an update. I did the makeover about a year ago, so unfortunately I do not have pictures to go with the steps. Luckily it’s very straightforward and easy to do!
Skill Level: Beginner
Made from mostly reused material
How to Guide
Clean up and removal
Sands of time
I am not for using paint stripper, as it is high in VOC, unless you absolutely have to. If your piece is just coated in a protective finish then I suggest only sanding, but sand thoroughly! You don’t need to get right down to the wood grain, but you want it to be a little rough so that the paint sticks. Be sure to get into all the nooks and crannies so that the details of your piece come through. This may take some time and patience, but it will be worth it in the end!
When you are done sanding, wipe clean with a damp cloth so that the surface is smooth and dust free.
If your new hardware is the same size, skip this step.
*Tip - if you are replacing your hardware with a different size, make sure that it is bigger so that it covers the holes of your old hardware.
Paint, paint, paint
Painting the nooks and crannies
*Tip – many thin coats are better than fewer thick coats. I did about 4 thin coats, with some light sanding between them for a smooth finish.
Place your new piece in a place for all to see!