Asked on Oct 1, 2017

I want a black glossy finish on a wood dresser; stain or paint?

Ela26544792Lisa S.Jean


I’m new to furniture refinishing but eagar to do!
8 answers
  • Mimik
    on Oct 1, 2017

    Get a good enamel paint such as Behr or Sherwin Williams. Sand lightly and brush hard to get at area as you roll. If it has a primer added that is even better. Two coats is advisable. Make sure you remove all hardware before beginning project.
  • Ebbjdl
    on Oct 1, 2017

    Start by washing it with Murphy's oil soap, follow the directions on the bottle. Let it dry completely. Remove the hardware, and paint the draws laying flat face up, and do the sides face up also.I would use a high-gloss paint for the entire piece. If this is hand me down from other generations, keep the hardware, but if not change it to pewter. This would look real nice and balance out the two colors, give it some contrast. Good Luck!
  • Harold Clayton
    on Oct 1, 2017

    Such a shame to cover that deco piece. The wood is beautiful! If u must I’d suggest if u are comfortable with spray paint in a can. 1st sand then long even strokes. Don’t try to cover it all at one time as u will do multiple coats. This way u won’t get drips. When all is dry u may want the sheen even higher and protect it. So follow with a clear coat. Rustolium makes both.
  • AuntQueenie
    on Oct 1, 2017

    looks like it has Veneer and if so I think the easier thing is to use chalk paint. Chalk paint is self leveling so you don't have to sand or fill in dents and dings, or sand. It gives a smooth finish, no brush marks. I would clean and dry the surface well, then give it a last wipe off for any remaining residue before beginning. Of course remove hardware.
  • Emily
    on Oct 1, 2017

    I'm with Harold. I would not paint this beautiful art deco piece. You have something unique and you would be turning it into something generic . Look at that beautiful design. You would be losing that!
  • Jean
    on Oct 2, 2017

    I agree with Emily it's great the way it is. But if you must, don't use an electric sander you will probably tear up the Vaneer! Those curved inlay strips are delicate. I would use a foam or sponge sander. Just go over lightly in same direction. These old era dressers have a tendency to split especially if the wood is dry.
    Then use a quality furniture paint. Unless you are really good with a spray can I would stick with a brush. Good luck!
  • Lisa S.
    on Oct 2, 2017

    I would NEVER paint this piece - it is so pretty. You will ruin it.
  • Ela26544792
    on Oct 2, 2017

    Spray lacquer
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