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  • Garland, TX
Asked 3 days ago

What is the best way to refinish the Dresser?

Gina LuzziDebi53Rowena


I found this tall boy dresser really cheap and want to refinish it as it is really too dark to be in my bedroom at this time. I have never refinished anything like this before and need suggestions or links to sights. I am thinking I want to paint it versus stain it. I am not sure if I have to strip or sand it, but I am thinking probably. Any advise would be welcome.

q what is the best way to refinish the dresser
q what is the best way to refinish the dresser
q what is the best way to refinish the dresser
q what is the best way to refinish the dresser
9 answers
  • Gk
    3 days ago

    Hello Angela! This dresser is a perfect project for chalk paint. You can remove all the hardware first and then give the dresser just a light sanding with extra fine sandpaper. Just sand it enough to knock the shine off of it-not down to the wood. It will look dulled. You don't need to spend a lot of time sanding. Clean it well and start painting with the color of your choice. I prefer Annie Sloan chalk paint for a project like this. It goes on nicely and I think it's the most durable chalk paint. You will probably need at least 2 coats-possibly 3. You can wax over your dresser with Annie Sloan clear wax or you can put a coat of poly over it. If you use white paint then use a polycrylic that's water based so it doesn't yellow. Here's some info to help you along!

  • Kelli L. Milligan
    3 days ago

    Painting would look great. If you want a shabby chick look, chalk paint would work. If you want a more finished look an oil based finish is best.

    Remove all hardware and drawers. Mark on back where they go. Sand off sheen and wash down with TSP.

    If oil, prime with Oil based primer, lightly sand smooth, and paint 2 coats of oil based paint.

    If chalk paint, I'd recommend Rustoleum chalk paint, they can mix in any color and is affordable.

    Paint on after the above prep, may take several coats. Distress areas where wear would naturally happen like around handles, door edges edges around top, etc. Distress by using a wet wash rag and rub off paint to see the old finish. Do it after paint set up about 1 hour, each coat. If you take off too much just repaint area. When you have the finish you want, apply 2 coats,of the Rustoleum chalk paint top coat. It's clear flat finish. Have fun!

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    3 days ago

    If it is in good shape, remove the hardware then using steel wool (sand paper not recommended because there is probably some particle board )rough up the surface. Then clean with TSP or denatured alcohol. Prime and then paint. You can also paint your hardware. I would recommend RustOleum hammered paint. The pictured night stand was identical to your pictured item before I did these steps. That was 4 years ago and they still look great.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    3 days ago

    Here is how I managed to paint the drawer pulls and get it even with coverage on the plate and handle. I scuffed them with steel wool as well and used spray paint.

  • Clergylady
    2 days ago

    I have the identical large dresser with a very large, tall mirror. I plan to paint it a medium gray and highlight the pattern in the trim with metalic silver paint. I hope to find a good hammered metal silver colored spray paint. If I can't find the hammered metal silver I'll use the hammered metal bronze that I have on hand and paint over it lightly with silver spray paint. That would still give me the desired finish texture.

    I like the dresser but agree the color is also too dark.

    I just painted a tall waterfall dresser a sky blue to fit the blues in my bathroom and sprayed the hardware a bright copper to match accents in the room. I sprayed a clear mat finish on that dresser after deciding not to distress it.

    Have fun. Be fearless and make it your own.

  • Rowena

    i would use annie sloan chalk paint. no need to sand it down, just clean it well with simple green. make sure you clean the crevices to get rid of dirt. remove hardware. annie sloan has variety of colors. i would use french linen or paris gray. two coats or maybe three. after it dries, apply sealer, then use clear wax, and slightly brush dark wax. let it settle for 24 hours before buffing over it to give it that shine. you can also paint over the hardware, change it or use rustoleum. good luck with your project and please post the after picture.

  • Debi53
    An hour ago

    What a lovely piece to redo. Because of all the grooves, instead of sanding I would use liquid sandpaper/deglosser. I use a liberal amount and go over it twice. This makes the surface tacky. Just follow the directions. Even when I use chalk paint, if I am going to a light color, I always prime a dark piece with white primer. It gives you a clean white canvas for your new color to be true. I just find that priming gives great coverage.

  • Gina Luzzi
    30 minutes ago

    I've refinished a lot of furniture. It's easy once you decide what kind of stain you want and pick your spot to do this. Make sure you've got an open area that will circulate air as the materials/products you'll be using are harsh. Also, wearing a mask is even better.

    Start with taking off all the hardware and if you can't then cover them sufficiently to protect them-use blue painters tape, it's easy to remove. Assuming you've researched the best product to use as a stain remover you'll have to apply it and let it dry... That's the time consuming part. One it's dry, you'll start sanding-using a coarse grain paper and will remove all of the old stain and it'll bring out the natural wood too. Make sure to use a hand held one as it's easy to use-make sure to sand in one direction, otherwise you'll get "swirls," or "ruts" and it'll show up in the new stain. You may have to do this more than once to get all of the old stain off. (Reapplying the stain remover.)

    Once you're down to the original wood it's time to apply your new stain. Make sure to apply that either with a clean white cloth (it'll get stained) or a paintbrush; keeping your strokes in one direction will give a nice finish. Depending on the time of year, Geo-location and time of day- mornings are best, will determine how long it takes for your new stain to dry. It's not dry if it's tacky to the touch. You may also use more than one application to get the desired look and finish. After you stain is dry, buff it out with a low in course piece of sandpaper and then wipe down with a clean cloth. Then, I recommend using a matte finish poly-clear coat to seal everything in. It's work for sure but the finished product is Sooo worth it!

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