mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann refinished dresser diyI found this old dresser for $75 and wanted to give it a refresh for our new bedroom. Painting furniture isn’t always difficult and it makes a huge difference!

You will need:

-spackle (if filling in any scratches or dents)

-putty knife

-sand paper, varying weights

-primer

-paint, I used Chalk paint, but any paint will work

-clear coat, if desired

-Polyester or Nylon brush

-New hardware, if updating

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann refinished dresser diyFirst, fill in any scratches or dents with spackle and let it fully dry.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann refinished dresser diyLightly sand the filled areas until they are flush with the surface of the dresser. Lightly sand the entire dresser surface to give the paint something to stick to. Wipe down with a soft cloth to get rid of any dust.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann refinished dresser diyPaint a layer of primer all over. If you’re using Chalk paint, you don’t need primer and can begin painting right onto the piece.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann refinished dresser diyIf you’re using primer: once the primer is dry, start painting your main color all over the dresser.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann refinished dresser diyI did three coats of paint before brushing all over with a clear Polycrylic to help protect the painted surface. Chalk paint usually calls for a wax finish, but the wax recommended for the paint I used had terrible reviews and it can wear off. I didn’t want to risk ruining my paint job and wanted to better protect the surface since the dresser would get daily use.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann refinished dresser diyAdd the new hardware, and you’re done!

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann refinished dresser diy

refinshed dresser before after1

I’m so excited about how the dresser came out! It didn’t take too long, just a few evenings of adding a coat of paint after work.

Have you refinished anything lately? I’d love to see what you’re working on!