Painting a Dresser

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Hey there, lovelies!!  So, do y’all love a good before and after as much as I do?  Cause if you do you came to the right place today!!  I’m so excited to show you my latest project.    Today we are turning an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan!  Okay, actually we are only turning an ugly dresser into a beautiful dresser but that just doesn’t sound as impressive.  But enough words…let’s get on with this!

Wanna see what I started with?  Here she is…


She even came with some awesome dust containers…


Not very pretty but nothing a good wash and paint couldn’t solve!  To start I scrubbed this baby down with some warm soapy water.  Then I went over the whole thing looking for places that needed some wood filler and filled to my little heart’s content. Once the wood filler was dry I sanded it smooth. Then came the “new to me” part.  My dresser was ridiculously shiny and I’m ridiculously lazy so I ran to the store and bought some liquid deglosser.  This one to be exact.  This is the first time I’ve used it.  It’s supposed to take the shine off of your project so your paint can adhere to it.  When I used it there was still a little shine left  but like I said, I’m lazy, so I proceeded anyways!  So far it seems okay but we will see how it stands up to 3 kidlets.  I’ll do an update in a few months to let you know if I recommend it or not!  Next up was primer!  I used my favorite Zinsser primer that I used on the chalkboard, this dresser, this bed, all the playroom furniture, this toddler bed, and every other painted piece of furniture I have done.  You guys get the point, right?  I swear by this stuff!  Once it was all dry I painted it with Behr paint from Home Depot.  The color is called Pooh’s Favorite Things and it is beautiful!!


I used the same handles that were on the dresser.  I just took them out back and gave them a few light coats of white spray paint.


Once everything dried I put it all back together and admired my work!


I really love it!  I think it’s looks so beautiful in my girls room.  I really love how it makes the flames on their wall POP!!!  Okay, so maybe I’m not a fan of the flames but I need to decide if I am going to paint over them with the same color or change the color of their walls all together.  If this were our home the decision would be simple.  The color would definitely be changed.  The color now doesn’t really match their dresser but since this paint job better last longer than the 1-2 years we plan on living here I went with the dresser color I liked.  And even if the color doesn’t really match it sure does make this little corner of their room a lot more beautiful.  Now when I walk into their room this is the view I’m greeted with…

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Pretty, huh?  I’ve been working on some projects that will be hung above their dresser this week.  I will show you everything I made and how I did them in case you want to give them a try!  And see that white basket holding all their friends?  I’ll be back this week with his story!  Hopefully I’ll also have a lamp redo for you soon.  I know the bright pink shade isn’t really working with everything else that I have made but for now my mind is blank on what to do with it.  Until then here is a side by side, or top and bottom, of the dresser.  It looks so much more impressive when you see them right next to each other haha

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Hope you all have a great day!!


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  1. Donna Wilkes says:

    Love the color. You did a great job styling it with the pops of red. I have used deglosser some with mixed results, but you did use a primer on top so that should ensure the paint sticking.

  2. Down to Earth Style says:

    Found your post at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. Beautiful color you chose for the dresser. I love to see that you didn’t lug the whole thing outside to paint it, too. I always paint stuff right where it is. 🙂

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