Doesn't he look fabulous?! Don't pay attention to his side decor of moving boxes, or the piles of stuff without homes on his top. I love his deep brown, his nice new hardware, and, most of all, that this was a $35 project, and an entirely new dresser. My dad didn't even recognize it, and this was his dresser for maybe 15 years.
Sidenote: it's come to my attention that I may not be able to take straight pictures.
I got all of my hardware and paint at Wal-Mart. I usually like to avoid the Wally World, but, due to a flat tire on a Sunday in northern Michigan, I was left to wander the local Wal-Mart for an hour while the tire was fixed. This gave me the time to browse the paint and hardware options, with literally nothing else to do. I used the Alno Inc Traditional 1.2" Brass Knobs in Satin Nickel and the Liberty Satin Nickel 3" Square Foot Pulls. Each came in a set of two, rounding that total to roughly $12. I picked up a spray primer in a deep red/brown/rust color, and about 4 cans of a dark brown spray paint. I can't remember the specifics on the spray paint, but I know I have a leftover bottle packed in some box somewhere.
The work on the body of the dresser was infinitely easier than the drawers. I borrowed my dad's hand sander, which was a major upgrade from when I did the drawers by hand. Using an 80-grade sandpaper, I sanded off the thick coats of gloss and got the dresser down to his particle-boards and trim skeleton. Then I painted. Easy as that. I let each coat dry for a day, mainly because I would do a coat after work, and wanted to give the full two hours between coats, but didn't want to stay in my paint clothes, delay a shower, and delay going to bed every night. I wasn't in dire need of my clothing to be in a dresser, so I let it space out. I did maybe 5 coats, and i don't know if that was because that is what the dresser wanted, or because I'm a sub-par spray-painter. I need to work on standing a bit further away, I know that much.
And for a shot of nostalgia, here's the before, in my bedroom in Columbus before moving out. Goodbye, glossy-fake-wood-grain and ugly hardware!