Painted Dresser

You all know that I love a good painted piece of furniture as much as you do.  Recently one of my friends just moved for a new job and contacted me saying she didn’t have a dresser and could she hire me to find one and paint it.  She liked the pieces in my house and wanted something in her new place.  Of course, I excitedly said yes.



Green Modern Dresser

My first step was finding the perfect dresser for my friend.  She wanted straight lines and more of a modern feel.  I happened to be at Salvation Army store one day.  (Okay, let’s be honest.  I happen to be there almost every day.)  I came across this dresser by a company called Dixie.



Dresser before

I thought this would be perfect for my friend, so I brought this bad boy home.  The dresser is very sturdy with a smooth finish and good, strong, working drawers.



Handles for Dresser

I also liked the handles and knew after a little paint they would look great, and I could reuse them.



Green Dresser

The day I began work on this dresser was beautiful and so perfect for working outside.  I did sand and prime before I went to the painting step.  She wanted a mossy green so I  used Olympic paint and in the color Moss Point in satin.



Green Dresser

I wanted the dresser to have a statement point, and the trim around the drawers was the perfect thing.  After painting the dresser, I went in with a little brush and painted the trim black.



Green Dresser

Ta dah! Here is the after.  I love it, and so does my friend.  (Sorry the after pictures are in my garage.)  I just love what a little paint and T.L.C. can do to update a dresser.



Before and after


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  1. says

    I love it too. Great job! How did you apply the paint–roller, foam brush, or regular paint brush? Also, did you use a clear protective topcoat and, if so, what did you use? I love the transformation paint can bring to furniture, but always worry about brush strokes and about durability, so am wondering about your tips for success!

    • says


      Thanks I loved how it turned out for my friend. I used a roller but for the black and little cracks I used a small brush. The roller worked great. I added a clear wax to the top after it cured for more than a week. Then it cured for another week and a half before being put to use. The key I have noticed when I use latex painting is letting it cure. All of my other pieces I have painted have held up great. I say you should go for it!