How to Repaint an Old Dresser

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Hey Chandler!

A great, simple way to decorate any room is to refinish a piece of furniture, like a dresser. We all have that dresser from the 90s that we’ve never gotten rid of. It sits there in the corner of a closet, unused and out of style. However, you can give it new life with a fresh coat of paint and chic new knobs!

What you’ll need:

paint brush


wood block (optional)

damp cloth



1. With heavy and medium grit sand paper, sand the dresser following the wood grain. Start with the heavy and then go back over it with the medium grit sand paper to smooth any ridges the heavy paper has left. Use long, even sanding strokes with applied pressure to remove the paint. It is not necessary to get down to bare wood for repainting. You only need to remove the shiny finish and have a smooth surface. (An easy way to sand is by wrapping the sanding paper around a wood block. It makes it easier to maneuver and gives your hands a break.)

2. Wipe the residue away with a damp cloth. If there are any shiny spots left, sand them again. Allow the dresser to dry.

3. Apply your choice of color to the dresser. If you don’t want to prime it, simply use two coats of the color you want. Start at the top of the dresser and work your way down in one direction, staying with the grain, giving it a smooth, finished look.

4. Add matching knobs to your dresser, and you’re done!

Add this new and improved dresser to a nursery, kids room, or guest room to finish off a room!

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