Paint The Midcentury Dresser To Renew It
Midcentury Dresser – While auto paint is not a conventional finishing material for cabinets, it has advantages over the wood finish, including greater durability and more color choices. Auto paint also fits the cabinets of the mid-century well because they are generally featureless and lack the ornamental ornaments of the lockers before the war. Car paint adheres well to wood, but you have to spray it. Vapors are toxic, so take appropriate precautions.
Remove the cabinets from the wall if possible, and move them to an outside workspace. Seal the kitchen if you can not remove the cabinets. Hang plastic sheets on the doors, and tape them to the door jambs with tape. Remove the cabinet doors by loosening the hinges. Sand the old finish with an orbital sander and 100 grit sandpaper. There is no need to completely remove the finish as it will be painted over it. Sand the entire cabinet again with the orbital sander, this time using 120 grit sandpaper.
Prime the cabinets before painting them. Car primer works best because it adheres to almost anything, and will provide the best substrate for painting. Mix the automotive paint with the thinner or reducer recommended by the paint manufacturer. Pour enough into the spray gun cup to fill it approximately two-thirds of the way, and then apply a uniform coat over the cabinets and doors. Let the paint dry, sand lightly with 220 grit sandpaper and apply another coat. Repeat with the third layer, if necessary.