Repainting The Dresser

If you have a wooden dresser that is in need of a new paint job, then you'll be glad to know that it is quite easy to paint it yourself. This article will take you through the process of giving it a new paint job. You can choose to go with can paint and paint brushes, or you can paint it with spray paint. This article will instruct you on how to spray paint your dresser a different color.

Here is everything you need:

  • A large and clean area free of dust and wind
  • A sheet of plastic or paper to cover the floor
  • The dresser
  • A fine grit sandpaper
  • A spray can of paint stripper
  • A putty knife
  • A clean rag
  • A couple of cans of primer
  • A couple of cans of paint in the color and gloss of your choosing

Prepare the dresser

You want to take all the drawers out of the dresser and then remove all the knobs by twisting them off. You 'may' need a Philips screwdriver to hold the screw in place inside the drawer while twisting the knob off.

Lay down plastic or paper to protect the flooring and spray the paint stripper on the paint of the dresser according to the instructions on the can. Once it has set the required amount of time, use the putty knife to peel off the paint.

Once the dresser is dry, take the sandpaper and use it on the dresser to remove any residual paint and to smooth out the surface of the dresser. Use the clean rag to wipe off all the dust from the sandpaper. Clean off the floor covering or through a new one down.

Paint the dresser

Shake the can of primer until the ball inside it moves around freely. Hold the can about a foot from the dresser and spray in long and even stroked, going in the same direction. Allow the primer to dry completely before you move on to painting the dresser.

Shake the paint until you hear the ball inside the can freely moving around, just as you did with the primer. Hold the can in an upright position about a foot to a foot and a half from the dresser and paint it using even and long strokes going in the same direction. Don't accidentally hold the can too close or on an area for too long or you can find that the paint drips. Wait a few minutes and do a second coat, if necessary. Once the dresser is completely dry, you can put the knobs back in place and put the drawers back in.

For more information on paint stripping, contact a painting service near you.