I found this dresser online for $40.00. It had a gazillion coats of paint on it and was in need of some serious prep work, but it had pretty good bones. Plus it was all wood, that is always a bonus.
Here is what a did-
1. I cleaned the dresser really well with a little hot soapy water.
2. I then removed the knobs and sanded it down. Not straight down to the wood, but I sanded it enough to give it a smooth feel.
3.Then I wiped it down again with hot water. (You want to make sure to remove all the fine dust particles.)
4. I spray painted the dresser with this-
It took 4 coats. More than usual, but with all the paint coats it had from previous owners, I wanted to make sure to get it nice and thick.
5. I lightly sanded the dresser again to get rid of any over spray and to give it a shabby feel.
6. I taped off the top of the dresser so I could make stripes.
7. I spray painted the knobs and top stripes with the shiny metallic finish.
8. I applied a spray clear coat to seal the paint.
And here is the finished product.
And one more side by side..