Repainting Painted Boys Drawers
These pine painted boys drawers have been in my boys’ shared bedroom for a few years now. I originally purchased them second hand and upcycled in a gorgeous aqua colour. They happened to go with the random blue paint choice for the walls at the time. Love how these things happen!!
Initially I was not sure about re-painting the drawers for the boys’ room refresh. But I am so glad I did! I love how with just a bit of paint and some new handles, an old piece of furniture can become new again!
Side Note: What happened to the painted boys drawer’s handles? A couple of the pine knobs, which were painted white and distressed, broke over time. The other missing handles I “borrowed” for a furniture project and never got around to replacing.
Since I am going for an industrialised, rustic kind of look in the boys’ shared bedroom, I decided to go with black handles. My regular “go to place” for purchasing handles is Ebay. I find there is a lot more choice online than the local hardware store, as well as better prices. If I don’t mind waiting the 2 to 6 week shipping time, it’s a great solution!
This time I bought these black pull handles from Ebay. It meant I could cover up the existing holes without having to fill them with putty. And they only cost a $1 each!
How To Paint Drawers That Are Already Painted
Due to the need to use up my existing paint supplies, the colour for this project was determined by what paint I already had on hand. Thankfully, Seaside Fusion Mineral Paint that I used was a great colour choice!
Step 1 – Clean And Lightly Sand
I did give these painted boys drawers a light sand and a good clean before re-painting. Oh, yes and removed all the stickers. The original paint is a mix of Annie Sloan chalk paint colours with a top coat of wax. So sanding it made sure that the new paint would adhere better without having to use an undercoat.
Step 2 – No Undercoat. Just Paint.
Once the drawers were prepped, I painted them with 2 coats of Seaside Fusion Mineral Paint. This is a decorative finishing paint, which actually doesn’t require a undercoat or top coat. The time between coats is longer though because of that, at minimum 12 hours.
Step 3 – Distress (Optional)
The original colour actually went really well with the new top colour so I decided that I wanted some of it to show through. I just sanded parts of the new paint and scratched it a bit. Yes, really, I used my finger nail and scratched the top layer of paint off in a few places. Love how the aqua colour just peeps through.
Step 4 – Handles
Next I screwed the new handles into the wood, covering over the old holes. The screw driver stripped a bit of the black paint off the screws. A few dabs of Coal Black Fusion Mineral Paint and all black again.
Step 5 – Apply Sealer
The painted boys drawers got a coat of the lovely L’Essentiel liquid wax. My favourite product, to use as a top coat over furniture paint. Really, I didn’t need to apply wax because of the paint I used. But it gives it a bit more sheen and I reckon the wood underneath appreciates the moisture.
I love how they turned out!! Yes, they did need a repaint after all!