How to Paint a Dresser to Light up Your Room

How to Paint a Dresser to Light up Your Room

Nowadays, indoor furniture is made from different kinds of materials and comes in thousands of designs. A dresser is used not only for storing clothes but also as a decorating object.

However, what will you do when your dresser is getting old and out of time? Will you throw it away? If you have that thought in mind, then think again. Today we’re going to show you how to paint a dresser to make yours look newer and less monotonous.

Keep reading till the end for thorough know-how.

5 easy steps on how to paint a dresser 

Step 1: Get the right prep materials and tools

The first step in painting a dresser is to acquire the right tools. What you need is:

  • An oil-based primer and water-based paint (or chalk paint)
  • Paint remover (you may need the paint stripper for wood furniture)
  • A paintbrush, a mini foam roller, a spray gun (choosing the right type of paint sprayer for furniture is important for an easier paint job), a screwdriver, 150-grit sandpaper, and tack cloth.
  • Safety goggles and latex gloves.

Step 2: Cover the floor

Covering the floor with a tarpaulin or a table cloth is a must as it helps to prevent paint from dripping on the floor. Then, don’t forget to place your dresser on blocks to access the corners more easily.

Now the preparation is done, let’s get down to work!

Step 3: Remove all hardware before sanding your dresser

If you have any hardware on your dresser, you need to remove every piece of it to avoid missing any spot. Next, sand your dresser before painting it to remove any leftover finish and smooth out the woods. This part is considered a must-do because there might be scratches or gouges on the dresser.

Don’t forget to put on safety goggles mask and latex gloves to avoid wood chips in contact with the eyes and nose. Sand the surfaces with the sandpaper in vertical movements. Remember to press it with just enough force just to rough it up a bit, or you’ll risk damage the wood.

Step 4: Clean your dresser

Over the years, the cabinet slots might be covered with dirt, dust, and bacteria. First, you must clean your dresser’s surfaces with a cleaning solution and tack cloth. After that, rinse them with water and a soft cloth then dry them at once.

Step 5: Prime and paint your dresser (outside and inside; vertically or horizontally)

First, prime the surfaces with an oil-based primer using a mini foam roller and wait for it to dry. Once it’s fully dry, you can start painting right away. There are two ways of painting a dresser:

With a paintbrush

Apply coat by coat on the dresser using a small paintbrush to cover small corners. Start from the outside where there are curved parts, then use the roller to paint the flat surface of the dresser. Wait a few hours for it to completely dry then you can apply the next coat.

With a spray gun

With a spray gun, for the first coat, what you’re gonna do is spray evenly on every surface. Don’t try to cover up any areas if you still see the original color. Remember to spray paint the dresser vertically and horizontally to maximize color coverage.

Then you let it dry and then come back and put on the next coats until you’re satisfied with the color it presents. Finally, if you want your dresser to be completely protected, you should apply a few coats of polycrylic after you’re done painting it.

In Summary

Do you have a dresser that’s really in need of a makeover? Then we hope this tutorial on how to paint a dresser would be helpful to you. Thank you for reading and stay tuned for our next posts!