How to Paint a Two-Toned Dresser
Posted By
Wendi Wachtel
Friday, August 30, 2019
Materials Needed: 
  • Super Finish Max Paint Sprayer
  • Large Spray Shelter
  • Latex paint
  • Large plastic drop cloth
  • Sander with 80, 180 grit sandpaper
  • TSP Degreaser Cleaner
  • Prestain conditioner
  • Stain
  • Polycrylic top coat
  • Paint brush, 2"
  • Painter's rags
  • Safety Glasses
  • Respirator
  • Gloves
  • Paintbrush
  • New Drawer Pulls
  • Tack cloth

Project Steps


Hi friends, it's Wendi with H2OBungalow. I'm going to share how to transform a dated dresser into a rustic chic dresser you'd love to have in your home! 

This is such a budget friendly way to get an upscale look for furniture in your home.  I'm sure you'll love it!  

Step 1

Start by sanding the top down. Begin with 80 grit sandpaper and a random orbital sander, follow the grain of the wood and sand until you can't see anymore opf the old finish. 

Finish with a few passes of 180 grit sand paper to get your wood top extra smooth.  Remember to always use eye protection and a face mask when sanding.   

Step 2

Prepare the wood surface to paint. Remove the drawer knobs or pulls and repair any items that need repairing.                

Last, you'll wipe down the enire surface with a TSP and water mix using a clean painter's rag and gloves.

Rinse your rag often and be sure to get all of the nooks and crannies that will be painted.

Step 3

Tape off the surfaces you don’t want painted. Use a plastic drop cloth to cover the drawer inside and sides.

Next, secure a large sheet of plastic on to the top of the dresser to protect it from over-spray as well. Be sure to tape all of the edges down well, including the back of the dresser.

Step 4

I used the green spray tip on my Super Finish Max Painter to apply two coats of flat latex paint to the dresser base and drawers.  Protect your project by using a HomeRight Large Paint Shelter when painting. 

Do a test spray before painting your piece to adjust the the paint flow and spray pattern.  Dilute your paint with water a little if needed.  I liked the paint flow best when I diluted it by 20% with water, but different brands of paint may require a different amount of water.  

When your piece is dry to the touch, remove the painter’s tape and plastic covering. Let everything sit overnight to dry completely.



Step 5

Next, you'll stain and seal the dresser top. Use a prestain conditioner applied with a brush. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and wipe off the excess with a clean painter's rag.

Apply stain with another clean painter’s rag in the direction of the grain. Allow to dry overnight. Always use like products, so an oil based prestain conditioner and an oil based stain are what I used for the dresser top.

Follow with 3 very thin coats of poly to seal the top. Allow each coat to dry in between. Sand lightly with 220 grit sand paper and wipe with a tack cloth before adding the next coat of poly. Allow to dry overnight.

Step 6

Add new handle pulls to the drawers and you're done! 

Noticed I'm missing a few handles? Yes, The ones I ordered didn't show up and these just had to do for the photos.  Oh well, I'll get it straight before I put the dresser into the room and finish decorating!    

Step 7

That's it friends!  It's that simple to refurbish an old dresser ingto a fabulous rustic chic one you'd love to have.  Staining the top added interest and and gave my piece an upscale look.

I hope you've enjoyed this project as much as I did creating it.  If you're a visual learner, or need more in-depth instructions, don't forget to check out my video and post on How to Paint a Dresser: A Beginners Guide on my blog that goes into a lot more detail.

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Turn an old dated thrift store dresser into a wow of a furniture piece in a weekend!  Save time and get a professional looking finish using the HomeRight Super Finish Max Paint Sprayer.   

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