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How To Paint Furniture The Easy Way

Easy and foolproof steps on how to paint furniture when you’re not a DIY pro

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, a 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 apply 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!

I hope this gives you the peace of mind to go on and paint that piece of furniture you’ve been contemplating on redoing. Happy painting!

How To Paint Furniture The Easy Way

How To Paint Furniture The Easy Way

Active Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $15-$25

A simple DIY project. Easy and foolproof steps on how to paint furniture. Check out how I turned an old dresser, into a beautiful piece of furniture.


  • BEHR Premium Plus Ultra (or any brand of paint/primer)
  • Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish


  • Small foam roller
  • Small angled paintbrush
  • Mini tray


    Take off the hardware and dresser drawers.

    Pain with one coat of paint and allow to dry for at least an hour or two.

    Paint with a second coat of paint and allow to dry overnight.

    Seal with polycrylic finish.

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Yolnika Bailey

Sunday 19th of August 2018

This is absolutely beautiful. I’m in the midst of doing something like this with my daughter. Hope it comes out as beautiful as yours did.


Thursday 21st of July 2016

That looks lovely! Nice work! I see that this post is a couple of years old. How has your hard work held up? I just painted a dining room table and put several coats of the Polycrylic on it and am just wondering if it lasts.

I found this post when searching for the easy way to paint furniture because I have several pieces that I plan to refresh with paint in the next couple of weeks. Looks like we're basically doing the same thing. I think an easier way would be to have someone else do it!

Jesenia Montanez

Tuesday 26th of July 2016

Hi Esther. It looks exactly the same and has held up wonderfully. I'm actually getting ready to repaint again to a different color, but I know this time around I'll have to sanding it a lot more. Have fun painting! :)


Tuesday 19th of January 2016

Since you didn't sand or use a bonding primer, the paint will probably peel off. The clear coat will protect the paint for awhile but eventually the paint will start to flake off. Not ideal for furniture being used in a child's room! I'd recommend adding 3-4 coats of clear coat and sanding between each coat for maximum adhesion.


Sunday 26th of April 2015

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!

Jesenia Montanez

Monday 27th of April 2015

Awesome! Would love to see how it turns out. :)