How To Paint Furniture The Easy Way

How To Paint Furniture The Easy Way

How to paint furniture the easy way

This is my very sad, old and beat up dresser that was tucked away in my closet for years. I used it to store off-season clothes and miscellaneous things. I decided to pass it on to my daughter, but of course it needed a bit of a makeover first. This a wood dresser, so I did not sand it whatsoever because I didn’t feel the need to nor did I want to. ;)

How To Paint Furniture The Easy Way

This is what I purchased for this project: Behr Premium Plus paint in Chickadee (1 qt) which was not completely used, but I got a bigger can so that I had some leftover paint for future projects. A small foam roller, a small angle paintbrush, mini tray for the paint and some Semi-Gloss Polycrylic Finish.

How To Paint Furniture The Easy Way

Here’s a close up of the paint I purchased. I love BEHR paint and have used it in my home for years. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better they added primer to their paint (Premium Plus Ultra). It is pricier, but soooo worth it. It allows you to skip a full step and save time. If you decide to use another type of paint that does not include primer, please make sure you primer first!

How To Paint Furniture The Easy Way

Take off the hardware and remove the drawers BEFORE you start painting them. It’s common sense, but I learned the hard way. It will make things much much easier. So the dresser got one coat of paint and about an hour later a second coat. Two coats of paint and 24 hours later and this dresser was starting to look mighty fine.

How To Paint Furniture The Easy Way

So after a good 48 hours or more (did I mention we were busy?) from the last coat of paint, it was time to put on the sealer. There are lots of options at your local home improvement store. I personally chose the Semi-Gloss Polycrylic Finish because I wanted the shiny finish. This stuff is great for wood furniture, it will protect it from water stains, scuffing and chipping. You probably should use a new brush for the sealer, but I’m too cheap and just reused the one that I used to paint with. Of course the brush was cleaned first.

How To Paint Furniture The Easy Way

We only used one coat and this is what it looks like up close. Do you see the shine?! I love this stuff! I even had my husband put it on some other furniture that was looking a bit dull.

How To Paint Furniture The Easy Way

And here’s the finished dresser…isn’t she beautiful?! My husband used some leftover black spray paint for the hardware. If you look at the before picture, some of the hardware was missing. We purchased 6 knobs from our local hardware store for 99 cents each. They’re black and have a unique design that has a vintage look (although it’s hard to tell from this picture) and match perfectly.

How To Paint Furniture The Easy Way

Now wasn’t that easy? Seriously, you paint, repaint (if you want to add another coat) and seal. Super easy and my type of project. Although, I have to be honest, my husband did the bulk of the work while I worked on other things. Thanks hun!

Well, I hope this gives you the peace of mind to go on and paint that piece of furniture you’ve been contemplating on redoing. It’s not hard at all, and why buy something new when you can own a beautiful custom piece that you created! Happy painting!
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About Jesenia Montanez

Jesenia is the blogger behind The Latina Homemaker where she shares homemaking tips, frugal living advice, delicious recipes and everything in between. She is a God loving, happy wife, mom of 3, that loves indulging in a delicious cup of coffee paired with a great book. When she's not spending time with her family or blogging, she is busy helping others grow their online presence.

Comments

    • Jesenia says

      Thank you Tina! I love it too! It looks beautiful in my girls’ room. Hoping to share that one day, once I finally finish it. :)

  1. says

    I love the new look! Super cute! I think I’m going to try this. I have an old dresser that looks quite pitiful and I was going to put it on the curb. After reading this, I think I’m just going to have to give it a makeover! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jesenia says

      Thanks Emily! Yes, definitely give it a try, I would love to see the results!

    • Jesenia Montanez says

      Thank you Yona! I love it too and considering it was our first time (hubby did most of the painting), I don’t think it turned out too bad. ;)

  2. says

    ahhhh! I love this color! It looks brand new now. I’m glad to hear that you didn’t sand it because that’s what I dread. I need to try this.

    • Jesenia Montanez says

      Thank you! I like projects that are as simple as possible, so no sanding for me. :)

  3. Ginger says

    This is wonderful! I just bought a new white writing desk that I’m using as a vanity and it makes my lingerie chest and matching night stands look truly awful. I’d read that I should apply 2 coats of primer before 2 coats of paint but now I know about Behr paint with primer. Steps saved! Thank you!

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