While it’s certainly possible to tackle a project such as this with the intent to re-stain everything, it’s easier to attain an attractive end product if you commit to painting. Part of the reason that we’ve chosen this route is cost. It’s certainly possible to complete one of these dresser-to-bar projects without using any added materials. The caveat to this is that often times you’ll encounter at least two different species of wood when you tear into an old dresser (a primary and a secondary wood). To make everything look nice in the end it’s easier and cheaper to paint.
Now that we have everyone on board to paint, you can add some character to your project by highlighting appliqués, moldings, and the like with additional paint colors, even metallic paint, which can be stunning.