Mismatch Dresser and Bed Makeover With Beyond Paint

2 Materials
4 Days

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Beyond Paint. All opinions are my own.

Hello everyone! So today, I am sharing a project with you that has been on my plate for quite a while — about 5 years to be exact. You see, I picked up this dresser for my son’s room second-hand. Someone was getting rid of it and I knew it would be the perfect piece for a makeover.

It didn’t match his bed at all, but I knew with a little bit of paint, I could take these two pieces of furniture and make them look like a matching set. 

So why exactly did it take me 5 years to complete this project? Well, I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do with these two pieces to make them look like they came together. Choosing the paint that I wanted to use was also another factor. 

In my 7+ years of being a DIYer and blogger, I have used a lot of different paints. Some good, some great and some not worth the money at all. I have painted A LOT of furniture over the years and I know exactly what I am after when choosing a paint company. 

For this project, I chose Beyond Paint — and I am so pleased that I did. The colour I chose was Licorice

Before I get into how I completed this project, here are some pro points about this incredible paint line. 

  • Beyond Paint bonds to pretty much everything. 
  • You do not need to prime, sand or strip your piece prior to painting. 
  • Beyond Paint is a bonder/primer/finisher so you do not need to seal your project after painting.
  • Can be used indoors or outdoors.

There are plenty more great things about this paint and as I go along in the tutorial, I hope I mention them all but if you want to read more about this paint, you can also check out their website. 

So let’s get started! 

Let’s start with the bed first. To begin my project, I disassembled the bed completely. The tip to having beautifully painted furniture is to make sure you disassemble everything. Sure, it may be faster to start painting but not taking your furniture apart before painting is a mistake.

Before painting, I gave the Beyond Paint a good stir. When using Beyond Paint, you will notice that it is thicker than traditional paints. The thick texture eliminates the worry of brush marks, provides a finish that conceals imperfections and offers versatility in application.

I began by painting the corners and crevices first. Since Beyond Paint is thick on purpose, I used my brush to stipple the paint into corners, crevices, and hard to reach areas.

It’s important to do any crevices or detailing areas first before completing the flat edges of my piece. 

Once I did all the detailing, I could then fill in the flat areas of my piece with the paint. I chose to do a smooth finish with this paint but because of the texture and versatility of this paint, you could also apply it thicker for a more textured effect.

I liked the look of the brush and decided to use a brush on the whole project, but note that it is recommended to use a 3/8 inch nap woven fabric roller. 

This is my headboard with one coat of paint. I let this fully dry for at least 6 hours before applying my next coat. 

Here’s a close up of my second coat. This headboard had a very shiny, high polish finish and there was no problem going right over top of it with Beyond Paint with no sanding or priming. 

For the dresser, I decided not to keep the mirror on top so I just refinished the bottom portion. 

To refinish the dresser, I worked in the same fashion that I did for the bed. Starting with the crevices and corners first, and then moving on to the flat surfaces. 

I made sure to remove all drawers from my dresser, as well I removed the drawer pulls prior to painting. 

I did two full coats on the dresser to complete this project.

After I had completed the bed and the dresser and was happy with the finish, I allowed 3 full days for the paint to seal before putting everything back together. 

I also waited 3 full days before putting back on the drawer pulls. 

Once 3 days had passed I could put my son’s room together. He’s a huge Star Wars fan so I added in some fun Star Wars touches. 

I am so happy with this colour from Beyond Paint. The Licorice is the perfect deep shade of black and is exactly what I was searching for. 

I wish that you could reach through the computer and touch these finished pieces. The Beyond Paint has such a smooth feeling texture and honestly, I think that anyone would come in this room and have no idea that I painted these pieces — one would totally think that they were purchased like this. 

I highly recommend Beyond Paint for any painting project that you may want to do. Plus, you can do so much with this paint — not just furniture. Everything from cabinets to masonry, you can even paint countertops and glazed tile. 

The best part of this whole project has got to be this, though. 

This is my can of paint after I completed my project. Do you see that!? The coverage is incredible! I barely used any paint and now I have practically a whole can to complete more projects! So stay tuned to see what I use this paint for next! 

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  • Mary Mary on Sep 26, 2021

    Could this paint be used on kitchen cabinets?

  • Tra49282422 Tra49282422 on Sep 27, 2021

    Is this paint water or oil based?

  • Beverly Beverly on Sep 30, 2021

    Does Beyond Paint come in white?


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  • Kristine Oh! Kristine Oh! on Oct 03, 2021

    The average price of furniture/cabinet paint is 100.00 per gallon. My favorite is Sherwin Williams Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel. Self leveling, it leaves no brush marks and dries to a beautiful durable finish. This water based urethane comes in satin, semi-gloss, and gloss finishes, can be tinted to any color, and can be used for interior or exterior projects. Available in quarts as well as gallons, it is currently on sale for 25 percent off its regular price nation wide.

    Try this paint on your next important project and you won't go back!

  • Mary Creasy Mary Creasy on Oct 07, 2021

    Love the finished project. Looks great.