My brother Stephen just started his first job. Being a recent college grad, he doesn’t have a huge budget for furniture.
So instead of buying new, we gave an old dresser a makeover with spray paint and new hardware.
The dresser was a good size and was in good shape. It just needed some updating.
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Supply list for a dresser makeover:
- Black spray paint (I used Rust-Oleum)
- Scotch Brite Soft Scrub Sponge
- Painter’s tape
- New hardware
How to paint a dresser:
1. Sand the dresser
The top of the dresser had some scratches. Use a Scotch Brite Soft Scrub Sponge to buff out any scratches.
Sanding a furniture piece also helps it absorb paint better.
2. Wipe off the dresser
Use a damp cloth to get any dirt or dust off the dresser.
3. Remove the hardware
4. Tape off what you don’t want to be painted
Sometimes I do this, sometimes I don’t. It depends on how much time I have.
Taping off the inside of the dresser will give it a more finished look, rather than having random spray paint inside. We used newspaper and Scotch Blue tape.
5. Spray paint the dresser
Move the paint can back and forth, keeping the can moving so you don’t end up with any drip marks. I usually start at the bottom of a piece and work my way up.
6. Face the drawers up before painting them
This ensures the paint hits the drawers evenly.
7. Let the paint dry; apply a second coat
8. Put on the new hardware
I love the new silver hardware.
I, of course, love styling a piece after I finish it. Pieces always look a bit better with some decor. My brother may or may not have cleared this stuff off the dresser already, but hey, I got some good pictures first!
Have you used spray paint or new hardware to update a piece?
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