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How to Paint a Dresser a Modern White

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$75
4 Days
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Do you have old outdated furniture laying around? Consider refinishing it! In this beginners tutorial, you'll learn how to give outdated furniture a timeless modern update using white latex paint.

For an even more in depth step by step on how this project was completed, make sure to read the full post.

how to paint a dresser a modern white

Here is the dresser before. It was a great sturdy piece, but the orange wood just had to go.

how to paint a dresser a modern white

Start by cleaning and prepping the dresser really well. Lightly hand sand to remove the shine. View an in depth prep guide here.

how to paint a dresser a modern white

Prime the dresser with a stain blocking primer.

how to paint a dresser a modern white

Then, using a latex paint paint 3 thin coats. It's important to sand in between coats, and use a tack cloth!


The paint I used is Benjamin Moore advance in Simply White. This paint has a built in top coat. If your paint doesn't, make sure to seal with something water based like Minwax Polycrylic.

how to paint a dresser a modern white

I spray painted the hardware black. Here is the completed dresser! What an update! Have you painted furniture? How did it go? Let me know below!

how to paint a dresser a modern white
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  • Lette Gill
    2 days ago

    How pretty!

  • Lynn
    11 minutes ago

    I love how pretty this dresser turned out. Thanks for the side-by-side before and after picture....it really shows the beauty of what a project can look "after." I have a dresser that I am going to tackle.

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