Campaign Dresser Prep

I finally found a matching pair of campaign dressers on criagslist! They are the right shape, the right amount of drawers, and have all their hardware! I don’t know if it’s an East Coast thing, but it was super hard to find a pair at a reasonable price. I feel out West, they basically give them away. They are in far-from-perfect condition, but with a little DIY-TLC, I am pretty confident we can get them ready for the nursery and looking good enough for our little prince!

We have been inspired by so many great refinish jobs around the web! There are so many how-to’s out there (below is a tiny round up!), however we noticed most of them didn’t focus on the prep , so we wanted to dedicate a post to proper prepping before we got into distracting before and afters.

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Before even deciding on a paint color(s) for the dressers, we decided to test the dressers for lead because we knew they were made and painted in the 70’s, and it being the 70’s you never know. Our hearts dropped when we did a lead test on the exterior of our home and found out it was positive for lead. Call us over cautious, but we didn’t want to store our baby’s clothes in a lead riddled dresser, or use it as a changing table until we knew. Check out Joey below take 30 seconds to give us peace of mind.

Whew. Looks good. I would hate for Joey (or you!) to dive into sanding and inhaling lead paint. After the most-important-part comes the fun DIY stuff. We recently learned the power of sanding in steps. We want a super smooth finish on these babies, so here is the trick we used to accomplish a smooth finish:

First, start off with multiple grit types of sandpaper. We used the 3M sheets below. Usually using grit 100-150 works best on flat surfaces (you can find a slew of tips  like this at

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What this does is creates a more even surface for you to then prime and paint. We want the dressers to have a smooth and glossy look once painted, so creating this foundation is really important.

We are not showing anything just yet because we have some surprises up our sleeves! Did you conquer one of the beauties yourself? Can we drool over your refinished campaign?! Share!

This post is a collaboration with 3M DIY. To learn more about safety and preparation, visit

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  1. […] If you recall, we snagged up two campaign dressers (for $200) that match from craigslist not that long ago. After testing them for lead and sanding them down, we are ready to pick a finish and get these beauties in place. The struggle is between pure white (which will work for a nursery and when our little guy becomes a little bigger) or to paint the face o the drawers yellow and keep the top and sides and trim white. Decisions, decisions…. […]

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