Here are a few tips and ideas for the perfect bedroom dresser makeover. When we moved into this house I found myself needing quite a few new pieces of furniture. Not just to fill space but for storage. Our last house had tons of built in storage and this house had practically none. Good thing dressers are all over garage sales, thrift stores and Facebook marketplace! I was able to scoop up this heavy solid wood dresser for my son’s room at a fraction of the cost of a new one. This dresser makeover is sponsored by Zibra Paint Brushes, all ideas, work and opinions are my own!
I knew the simple lines and heavy weight of this dresser was perfect for my son’s bedroom. He needed storage for clothes and a dresser that would give him extra display space if needed. You might have seen me paint the room here. I chose a nice cool blue for the entire room to match his new bedding. I decided to go with the exact same color from the walls on the dresser. I did this in our study and I adore the results. Painting furniture the same color as the wall can really help out a space. In my son’s room he has a lot going on! Much like his mama, he’s a “stuff” magnet, so by painting the dresser blue, it just sort of fades away into the room and let’s his stuff do the talking. This post also contains affiliate links for your convenience, should you make a purchase I may receive a small commission, your price stays the same!
This DIY dresser makeover ended up being one of the easiest furniture paint jobs I have ever done and that is saying a lot. I’ve painted a piece or two in my day! I TRULY believe it had to do with these amazing Zibra Paint Brushes I used for this paint job. I will tell you about them because I am thinking you will need to get yourself a few.
I often hear excuses about why people can’t paint furniture…the weather, scared, not sure what paint to use or what brush, need to carry apiece outside and more so I am going to try and hit the main excuse points for you here.
This bedroom dresser if hefty. I mean she is a big girl, heavy solid wood and she resides upstairs! There is no way we were carrying this dresser downstairs and outside just to paint it! That alleviates the weather issue. I’m the first to admit it is no fun painting in the Texas heat and if it’s super cold the paint thickens, takes a while to go on and dry, not to mention I just hate being cold. Solution? Paint your furniture inside. Most paint nowadays has a very low odor to it and if you open a window here and there, it’s no big deal at all. Just set up shop with cheap plastic drop clothes and you are good to go. My husband lifted this dresser up and we set it on wood blocks to elevate it so I could paint the bottom trim. This would be great to do even if you move your furniture outside! It was so easy to paint this way.
Next – choosing the best paint type. There are a million paint brands and types on the market and so much depends on what you are painting and what you will be doing with it. I am a fan of chalk paint, it goes on just about anything and there is little to no prep. When in doubt you can usually use chalk paint. Lately though, I’ve been painting my furniture with latex house paint and really liking the results. I used HGTV by Sherwin Williams at Lowe’s brand paint (this is the exact can I buy, it is a satin finish!) in Smoky Pitch for the walls and dresser in my son’s bedroom (as well as in the study).
To get started I cleaned the furniture really well with Simply Green cleaner, it helped cut through the glossy varnish on the dresser. You always want to clean a piece first, paint won’t stick for long to dust! I sanded a few rough spots on the dresser, but that was it. I let the tacky clean finish fend for itself and painted straight on it. It’s good to remember that paint cures over time and your paint will get harder within a few weeks, so be careful with the finish in the beginning.
Of course to make life easier remove all the drawers, doors and hardware off your dresser first and line them up. Decide what parts of the dresser you will paint and what you will leave. I followed the sight line of the dresser. If I could see the wood when the drawers were closed then I painted it. If you will be replacing any hardware decide if you need to fill holes before you paint and take care of that task prior to paint.
Use quality brushes when painting furniture. It can be tempting to grab a sponge brush or cheap chip brush, but your results will suffer with paint lines and bits of sponge stuck in the paint. This was my first time using Zibra paint brushes and I am sold, they were buttery smooth, streak free and the shapes are dreamy. It might sound corny to love a paint brush so much, but I have TONS of paint brushes in my craft room and these are by far the best I have tried for painting furniture. The shape specific brushes are tailored for different uses and that saves time, effort and improves the results by miles. They have a wide range of choices to fit a variety of paint jobs.
I used this handy little Zibra triangle brush for the deep crevices in the drawer fronts and dresser top detail. The Palm Pro brush was perfect for large flat spaces, it’s like an extension of your hand, easy to grip and control while painting. The square Zibra brush was excellent for trim. I’m wishing I would have had these brushes when I was painting this room! It would have helped on the trim so much. Next time! I have more painting to do in the house. I literally painted the entire dresser so fast my husband wanted to know where those brushes had been all my life, lol.
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As far as being scared to paint your furniture, girl, just jump in there. I learned by just doing it and making mistakes. You will too. Paint is your friend and I believe there isn’t much a girl can’t do with a bucket of paint and a good brush. Contrary to our knee jerk thought – paint is not permanent and if you mess something up you can repaint it, sand it out or fix it. So go line up your outdated furniture that needs a face-lift and get that paint a flyin’. You won’t regret it, promise!
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