How to Repaint the Painted Dresser

How to Repaint the Painted Dresser

This boring $40.00 dresser was transformed into a Tiffany Blue raving beauty in just 10 easy steps. There was a time when I painstakingly stripped, refinished, stained or painted lots of furniture. I would carefully follow a step by step process to make sure I got it just right. Then I became impatient and started rushing through the process. It's time to repent because I've got some painting projects stacking up.Admittedly, my impatience led to some 'don't look too close' paint jobs. I found just the inspiration I needed over on Room to Think. I'm printing this up like a recipe card and calling it "Repainting Painted Furniture" and sticking it in my How To card file.

Repainting painted furniture isn't as easy as it sounds. First of all, you may be dealing with someone else's poor job, or you may have to do more prep work than you'd like to do in order to get the surface up to snuff.

Here are 10 easy steps to getting it right so that you'll love your results. 

  1. Remove hardware
  2. Fill in holes and cracks with wood filler
  3. Repair splitting veneer with glue and clamps
  4. Sand down all repaired surfaces and any drips from the previous paint job.
  5. Prime with TWO coats of Zinsser's Oil Based Primer using the small foam rollers.  Sand between coats.
  6. Apply top coat "Pooh's Favorite Things" a Behr paint from Home Depot, again using the small foam rollers. Sand between coats.
  7. Mark and drill new knob holes
  8. Rub on Minwax Gloss Wipe-on Poly with a clean rag
  9. Spray paint hardware with Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze paint, let dry.
  10. Re-attach hardware.

See the gloriously documented complete step by step tutorial right here.

Now, when you know you did a thorough job, it makes all the hard work worth it. You will always admire that piece of furniture and if done right, it will look good for decades.

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k on Jun 12, 2013:

I like it better in the before photo.

k on Jun 12, 2013:

I like it better in the before photo.

Adrienne on Jun 01, 2013:

I just redid our drawer pulls and added twisted garden twine after painting with the rustoleum. Turned out awesome!!! Its on my blog, efatuate... I cant add the pics here, but you've gotta try it. So easy. Changes the entire look! Would look great on a nautical dresser.

Laura on Apr 12, 2013:

Do you sand after the second coat of primer before the first coat of top paint?

Donald on May 25, 2012:

No answers I see. I'm FINALLY repainting only the top of an otherwise near new looking dresser. Years ago my daughter got it stained with purple circles. There are yellow ones to and tiny places w/o paint. The top and most other wood is nice off-white.
I'd like to see a paint store mix it up, so can put it up for sale.
Not really sure how to do this, although going to cost of this [Lexington] dresser is high.

DannyBoy on May 01, 2012:

Good gracious, you painted this dresser the same dubious shade of blue I'm trying to get away from! HEAVENS! We could have just TRADED!

Addy on Mar 07, 2012:

How long do you wait in between coats before sanding? Wouldn't sanding it after you've applied the top coat minimize the paint?

Sharon on Nov 29, 2010:

Wait- I thought that if you repaint a piece of furniture, you had to remove ALL the paint layers. Am I mistaken? 

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