I’ve had a lot of questions about how I painted our master bedroom dresser, so I thought I’d better get this follow up post to you quickly! So, here it is – my how to paint furniture tutorial. Lots of tips for getting a smooth finish on your painted furniture project.
I’m very happy with how this dresser turned, but honestly, it only turned out OK because of much trial and error on my part. I made a few mistakes on some other painting projects, and learned some painting do’s and don’ts along the way. So, in this post I’ll try to help you skip all of the problems and mistakes, and go straight to having a painting project that you’re thrilled with too!
How To Paint Furniture
I’m afraid there aren’t any shortcuts, or quick fixes that I can share from this painting project. I had a lot of water damage on the top of this dresser, so it needed a lot of prep work ahead of the painting, The prep work is so important to get a nice finish. Believe me, if I could have used any shortcuts I would have!
Let’s take another look at the dresser before it’s makeover. It’s a good, solid (heavy) dresser that just needed some TLC and updating.
The finished painted dresser.
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- Wooster paintbrush – I LOVE this paintbrush! The soft rubber handle makes it comfortable to use for hours.
- Benjamin Moore Advance paint – A latex paint in Benjamin Moore’s color White. This paint is awesome when you want a very smooth finish. It has a slow dry time, so it levels out very nicely.
- Wooster roller – This roller is fabulous! The smooth finish it gives is almost as good as the finish you get from spray painting.
- Zinsser Allprime Oil-Base Sealer and Stain Blocker. This is a good oil primer to cover the wood stain and varnish.
- Black and Decker Mouse Detail Sander – This was great for sanding the flat parts of wood. It has a narrow tip at the top that helped to get in the corners of the drawer fronts.
- Sandpaper – I used regular sandpaper on the curved parts of wood that the Mouse Sander could not get to.
- Tack cloth – To clean off sawdust from sanding.
- TSP Substitute – This is a liquid form of TSP.
- Paint Sanding Respirator – I wear this mask whenever I’m sanding my projects.
- Polycrylic Protective Finish – I applied the polycrylic to the top of the dresser to help protect it from scuff marks.