Wondering how to paint a dresser? This easy DIY tutorial walks through painting a dresser with the best spray paint for wood furniture.
I used to be nervous to paint furniture. But I swear, once you get started painting, you find yourself looking around the house to see what else could use a fresh coat of spray paint!
It really becomes addicting.
First up on the project list though, painting the dresser! Kalen has had this dresser forever.
We’ve talked about painting it for a while but with the kitchen renovation, we just hadn’t quite gotten around to it – until now!
We have lots of black furniture throughout the house (quite a few pieces that we’ve spray painted!), so we wanted the dresser to match.
If you’re worried about how to paint a dresser, don’t be. It’s really pretty easy!
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My favorite spray paint for wood furniture is this paint by Rust-Oleum. It’s easy to use, and it works on any surface – wood, metal, plastic, masonry, you name it.
Plus having the paint and primer combined in one can saves some work. (Primer helps the paint stick evenly to the surface.)
How to paint a dresser:
1. Sand the dresser.
I used fine sandpaper roughen the dresser a bit without scratching it.
This helps it absorb the paint.
2. Clean the dresser.
Use a damp cloth to wash off the dresser and get rid of any dust or dirt.
I pulled a tarp on the driveway to catch any mist from the spray paint.
3. Remove the drawers and line them up with the fronts facing up.
You’ll paint the drawers separately from the dresser frame.
If your dresser has hardware on the drawers, take it off and set it aside so you don’t have to worry about ruining it while you’re painting the dresser.
4. Start painting the dresser!
Move the spray paint can back and forth, slowly moving from the top to the bottom of the dresser. Keep the spray paint can about 8 inches from the dresser while painting.
Remember to keep the can moving while painting the dresser so you get even coverage and avoid any drip marks.
The paint really is easy to use – even if you’re nervous to start painting! There’s a reason it’s my favorite spray paint for wood furniture!
With the sun shining and warm temperatures, it finally felt like summer in Wisconsin this weekend!
5. Paint the front of the dresser drawers the same way.
You’ll want the drawers face up so you can apply the paint as evenly as possible.
6. Let the paint dry.
7. Do a second coat on both the dresser frame and the drawers.
8. Let the paint dry, and put the drawers back in the dresser.
If you took it off, screw the hardware back on the dresser. (Or buy new hardware to go with your updated paint job!)
Spray painting is such an easy way to upgrade the look of a furniture piece.
Have you spray painted anything lately? Ready to paint a dresser for a whole new look? Do you have a favorite spray paint for wood furniture? It really is addicting once you start!
We put the painted dresser up in our guest bedroom.
You can see more of the guest bedroom here:
- A fun headboard idea / guest bedroom reveal
- 10 tips to transform your guest bedroom into a relaxing retreat
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