A great way to save money and brighten up a room is to paint an old wooden dresser. Around this time of year, you can find dressers sitting on the side of the road. If you happen to come across one but aren’t thrilled with the wooden finish, go ahead and pick it up because I’m going to teach you how to paint it!

1. The first step is to gather your supplies. You will need paint, paint stirring stick, primer, an angled paint brush, a foam paint roller, a paint tray, sander, sandpaper, tack cloth and a screwdriver.


2. You will first want to remove all hinges, screws and knobs from the dresser. It may be helpful to keep these items in a Ziploc baggie and label each piece with tape, so you know where to put it back.

3. The next step you need to take is to sand your dresser. If you have an electric sander, go ahead and go for it. Sand the dresser until the surface is completely smooth and shiny all over.

4. Use a tack cloth to clean the surface, once you are finished sanding the dresser.

tack cloth
5. Here comes the paint. Apply two coats of primer to the surface of the dresser. Let the first layer dry before adding the second.

6. Once both coats of primer are dry, you will want to add two coats of paint. You should also make sure each coat is dry before adding the next.

painted pink dresser
7. Use the angled brush on raised sections and the foam roller on flat sections.

angled paint brush
8. Don’t forget to paint the inside edges of the drawers.

9. Once the paint is dry, you can use a sanding block and then a tack cloth to get out any drips or bugs stuck in the paint.

sanding block

10. If you feel the need to, you can add another coat of paint.

11. Place the hardware back on the dresser.
12. Let the dresser sit for a few days before use, so the paint can cure.

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