Refinishing a dresser can be super overwhelming. I’m often asked the questions: What qualities should I look for when furniture hunting? How do I ensure that I prime properly? What paints should I use? Claire here, and today’s project has been a long time coming. Over the last couple months, Chanel has had some major dresser drama — broken drawers, socks and tee shirts scattered on the floor, it hasn’t been pretty. So in an effort to upgrade her storage situation (and celebrate us being roomies for a year!), we set out to makeover this wooden dresser in a most glamorous way. Keep reading to learn how I did it and to get my tips for personalizing any sad furniture you have at home.

  • dresser (search vintage shops, craigslist, your parents’ attic, etc.)
  • screw driver
  • hand sander (or sand paper if your dresser doesn’t have paint on it already)
  • Kilz 2 Primer and Sealer
  • Martha Stewart Living Pure White MSL253 in High Gloss
  • Behr Pink Mimosa P180-3 in High Gloss
  • Krylon metallic gold spray paint
  • knobs (Hobby Lobby has a great selection)
  • ruler
  • blue painters tape
  • pencil
  • phillips screw driver
  • paint brushes
  1. Begin with a solid wood dresser. The less paint and gloss it has on it, the better. Remove any existing hardware.
  2. Sand away any paint and gloss until you have as clean a slate as possible.
  3. Brush off sanding residue and paint two coats of primer anywhere that paint will go.
  4. Once primer is dry, paint  the chest of the dresser and drawer fronts with 3 coats of pure white high gloss.
  5. Paint the sides of the drawers with 2 coats of Pink Mimosa paint for a fun pop of color. Once the drawers are dry, place them back into the dresser frame. With a pencil and a ruler, measure and mark your design on the front of the dresserRemove the drawers, tape off the pattern with blue painters tape and spray with metallic gold spray paint.
  6. Once dry, remove the tape screw in new knobs. Slide the drawers back into the dresser frame.

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Comments (51)
  1. 1
    The Office Stylist August 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Such a great idea!!

    –Sayeh, The Office Stylist

    • clairezinnecker August 8, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      Thanks Sayeh!

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    Miro - Dose of Dash August 8, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    This is a great tutorial for the dining room chairs I need to re-do (free on the side of the road). They’re very stuffy/old-fashioned and I want to paint them a glossy color. Any tips on how to sand easily inside all the grooves and curves, though? They’re romantic/traditional style.

    • clairezinnecker August 8, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      They sound lovely! I’m always a fan of free 🙂 Hmmm that could be tricky and a little tedious but I would say that hand sanding is the way to go with that. What sort of finish is on them now?

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    chandra | oh lovely dayc August 8, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    seriously fabulous.

    • clairezinnecker August 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks so much Chandra! So excited you like it!

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    Carrie August 9, 2013 at 7:48 am

    This is so much fun. Wish I’d had a roommate like you!

    • clairezinnecker August 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks! Yes our house is very full of DIY’s at this point 🙂

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    Molly Swanson August 9, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I love this!!! I have a dresser like this that I would love to “makeover”! Great DIY, thanks for sharing!

    • clairezinnecker August 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Thank you Molly! I would love to see what you do to your dresser!

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    elizabeth August 12, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Oh dear. this is adorable.

    • clairezinnecker August 13, 2013 at 1:26 am

      Thanks Elizabeth! Glad you think so! 🙂

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    Colleen August 13, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Huge change, great vision. I love it!

    • clairezinnecker August 14, 2013 at 12:34 am

      Yay! It was such a fun project.

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    [email protected] February 22, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Love it!!!

  9. 9
    Elissa July 22, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I want to do a similar project. Noticed you didn’t seal the paint… wasn’t sure if that is necessary. What do you think?

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    Jack July 4, 2016 at 2:52 am

    Nice post