I learned a new DIY hack and trick for How To Remove Paint From Glass Hardware Easily!!!
With every project I do, I always learn something new. (Sounds like the start of a great poem). That is one of the great things about do-it-yourself projects. As you are going through them, you learn what to do, what not to do and ways to make the job easier. This dresser was a stretch for me to begin with (you will see why as you read on), but it also taught me How To Remove Paint From Glass Hardware Easily and how to make a piece look like the farmhouse furniture that I love.
This dresser was a “stretch” because when I am searching for pieces in the winter, I am a little less picky about them. In the spring, summer and fall when yard sales are in full swing, there are a lot more pieces to choose from. The winter is not so fruitful in our area so I get excited when I find just about anything.
I found this dresser at my local Restore.
It wasn’t in perfect condition, but it was a good price and I thought I could make it so much better.
Look at the top!
It still had stripper on it!
It was like someone wanted to try stripping it and just quit.
The front legs had some issues as well. Someone cut them off and then re-attached them???
The back legs were left alone. I still can’t figure that one out.
They are original and they are glass.
Two things I loved about the piece. But….. they were painted. Who does that?!
As I was at the store, I tried to chip the paint off. It wasn’t budging.
The bottom drawer had some beautiful detail, but the overall paint job on this dresser was HORRIBLE!
As you can see, this dresser came with a lot of issues, but I looked right past them and brought it home.
The first thing I did was remove the glass knobs. I had remembered watching a Rehab Addict episode on HGTV and seeing Nicole use an old Crock Pot to remove paint from old hinges.
That got me thinking…..
Since I didn’t have an old Crock Pot (I will be picking up the first one I see at yard sales this spring), I made a similar system up with what I had.
I placed all the glass knobs in a bowl and then poured hot water over them. Then, I covered the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit for about 30 minutes.
When I came back, the paint was pulling away from the knobs!!
I uncovered the bowl and the paint was floating in the water. There were a couple of stubborn spots that didn’t come off so I just did the same process one more time and the knobs were crystal clear!
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I love glass knobs and would do anything to save them. Once I learned this trick for how to remove paint from glass hardware, I couldn’t wait to write this post.
Once the knobs were saved, I was more excited about finishing this dresser.
I did not mind the coral color on the dresser, but there was way too much of it. I decided to paint over the coral with a aqua color and then paint the entire dresser in white.
Once the white paint dried, I used sandpaper all over the dresser.
Look what happened!
Now, we can see the original coral, but also pops of the aqua. I love it.
The dresser had such a horrible paint job to start with, but that really helped with the chippy look and bringing out the other colors below the white paint. #winning
We could not salvage the legs and I wanted to get rid of the metal piece that was holding them together. Instead, we added casters to the front of the dresser. I love casters and use them in a lot of projects. They worked so great on the front of this piece. I pick up casters whenever I find them at sales, but found these amazing wood casters on Amazon. I will be buying these for future projects.
I am always inspired by old, farmhouse furniture pieces. A lot of them have been painted many different colors over the years and the patina that comes with that is unique and stunning. When I thought about this makeover and the coral color, I didn’t want to hide it, but yet, highlight it in a “farmhouse furniture” kind of way. Does that make sense? Adding the aqua color over the coral, then painting it all white and sanding it really made me achieve the look I was going for.
Each furniture makeover takes on a new life and I learn so much from each one. This dresser went from dilapidated and shocking to farmhouse and functional. I learned how to remove paint from glass hardware and how to find the potential in all the pieces…… even when I am not being so picky.
I love glass hardware! I found some beautiful options online if you want to add glass hardware to a piece:
Would you have picked up this dresser?
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