Repaint An Old Dresser

Re-Paint an Old Dresser

Recycling an old dresser puts a new spin on an old but still viable piece of furniture. It doesn’t take much to turn an ugly dresser into a new and lovely addition to your home. There’s no need for caustic strippers or heavy scraping. Sand paper, paint and patience, gives you the tools you need for your work of art. You’ll get back to the basics, when it comes to refinishing this dresser. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Wash the dresser with soap and warm water to remove any old residue. Wipe it dry. Wear the gloves while sanding and painting. Tear the heavy grit sand paper to a size that fits around the wood block. Hold the sand paper in place on the block while sanding the dresser.

2. Sand the dresser by following the wood grain. Start at the top and work to the bottom of the dresser. Long even sanding strokes with applied pressure will start lifting the paint. Wipe the sanding dust from the dresser often.

3. Change the sand paper to the medium grit and continue sanding, this will smooth any ridges the heavy grit sand paper may have left. It isn’t necessary to get down to bare wood in order to re-paint. It is only important to remove the shiny finish and have a smooth surface for applying the paint.

4. Wipe the residue with a clean damp cloth once the sanding is complete. Wipe once or twice to make sure all the residue is gone. If there are any shiny spots left, re-sand them. Let the dresser dry completely after wiping it clean.

5. Make sure to stir the paint well prior to applying it to the dresser. The first coat of paint will be the foundation. The second application of paint will be the finish coat depending on the color you are trying to cover. If the dresser was white and you plan to paint it red, apply a coat of yellow or orange as the foundation coat. Let that dry and apply 2 coats of red over the foundation.

6. Start at the top of the dresser and brush the paint on in one direction for a smooth application working in the direction of the wood grain. This is important for all coats of color.