DIY: Refinishing a Dresser with White Paint

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DIY: Refinishing an ugly thrifted dresser with white paint is easy enough!

Find an Ugly Dresser at your local thrift store. I found this for like 20 bucks or something.

Remove all the hardware and clean it up.

I decided to try out this Sander Deglosser stuff to see if I could get away with no sanding. Surprisingly it worked wonders!

After applying it to all the dresser surfaces it left behind a rough/bare wood beneath. Go figure! Almost too easy!
Then I used a primer.

After priming I painted the dresser with two very smooth coats of my favorite antique creamy white paint that I found at Home Depot.
After the two coats of paint were dry I used glossy polyurethane as the final coat. This made the dresser seem more durable and sealed the paint on.
The hardware was a little tricky to apply. None of the screws that came with the new hardware that I bought were long enough to screw on the hardware securely. Some genius out there invented the screws below!!!!! They rock whoever they are. I was able to measure how long I needed my screws to be and then cut off the excess. FABULOUS! (These screws were found right by the hardware at Home Depot.)
TaDa!!!! Easy as that! I decided to use this dresser as a T.V.stand/Movie holder/Toy holder. This makes it great to hide movies and toys out of view. Plus my son loves having a couple of drawers just for himself!


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  1. Love it! You are so skilled! I need to go find an old dresser .

  2. Impressive. You made it look so easy. I may have to attempt refinishing something. :)

  3. Looks great, I love it! I am going to try out some of that no-sanding stuff on my next project...sanding is the worst.

  4. Wow, I've been thinking of painting my bedroom bureau,highboy and nightstand. It seemed daunting. After seeing the no-sanding deglosser I think( with all the pieces I want to do ) it seems doable . Have you used this on furniture before ? Did it scratch off or peel ? Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  5. @ Elise, the no-sanding deglosser stuff didn't peel or scratch off anything. It seemed to just make the wood a little more rough. I think this allowed for it to take on the paint better. This was the very first piece I had ever used it on. I would highly recommend finishing all your work off with some sort of polyurethane or even glaze finish to make sure that it seals the paint for best results. Glad you like the tutorial!! Good luck. I would love to hear how the project goes for you!

  6. I just bought a wood dresser for my girls. I figured you would have something on your blog about it, and I'm so happy to see that you do! Would you say that using the de-glosser was easier and worked better than sanding? I'm looking forward to this, and I'm grateful to have read your post, because now I have the courage to jump in and tackle this! Thank you so much!

  7. Just curious what primer and paint did you use? Im thinking about doing this to a few of my dressers but I am completely uneducated when it comes to this kind of thing!!