Do you have an old dresser you don’t want to get rid of, but needs an update? Update that old or vintage dresser using paint!Check out these 30 painted dresser ideas to inspire you!
Painted dresser ideas are all over Pinterest. You can find them in any color, with patterns or without, and in any shape or size.
You can paint an old or vintage dresser you have to give it a fresh new look or you can pick one up at your local thrift store and give it a new life.
You can even paint a new dresser to customize it for your bedroom or anywhere else in your home you want to use it. Paint is one of the easiest ways to give furniture new life!
What type of paint can you use to paint a dresser?
Chalk Paint – won’t leave brush marks
Acrylic or Acrylic Enamel Paint – adheres well
Milk Paint – soaks into raw wood similar to stain
Spray Paint – quick and easy to apply
You can use almost any type of paint to paint a dresser. Although you usually want to avoid using latex paint for painting furniture pieces because it doesn’t adhere to the surface as well. It will almost always peel or chip in the future.
Do I have to sand the dresser first?
You don’t necessarily have to sand before painting, but no matter what type of paint you use, it is recommended to at least do a light sanding. This helps to ensure the paint will adhere to the surface.
You’ll also want to sand if the surface is uneven or if there is existing paint, stain, or sealer on the piece. You don’t have to sand off all the paint, but at least the spots where it might be chipping.
Painting a dresser is a fun way to update an old piece of bedroom furniture and give it new life.
Check out these 30 painted dresser ideas for inspiration for your next furniture painting project.
I love this green dresser makeover. It is such a fun darker shade for a dresser! It retains the vintage style but gets a modern fresh look and those drawer pulls are just perfect for this bedroom furniture piece.
The dresser makeover was done using a paint sprayer for a smooth finish with no brush strokes.
This antique high boy dresser was given new life using blue paint for a masculine makeover. New drawer pulls were added to complete the look.
Don’t be afraid to mix paint if, at first, you don’t get the right shade. A little bit of black furniture paint was added to the original blue to tone down the brightness for a more grown-up dresser that would be perfect in a guest room!
White dressers will make a room feel light and airy and I love that look, but you may want to add a bit of color. Try a stencil to add color and interest to your dresser makeover.
The drawer fronts of this dresser were painted a darker color then a damask stencil was applied over it using white paint. It turned out lovely, don’t you think? I might have to steal this idea for my next chalk paint furniture project!
Painted stripes on the front of the drawers of this old dresser really give it a whole new look. I love that the top drawer has slight curves to give it a little bit of character.
You want the stripes to match up all the way down on each drawer front, so apply your painter's tape while the drawers are in the dresser. Then you can take them out to paint them or paint them in place if you're not a messy painter.
Leaving the top of your dresser stained and using paint to update the body is a great way to give your old dresser a new look. You could use this little dresser as a nightstand, in an entryway, or anywhere else you wanted.
Annie Sloan chalk paint in Duck Egg Blue is the perfect choice for the farmhouse design. The added compass stencil design completes the look.
Creating an ombre look using paint is an easy way to update a dresser. It's as simple as grabbing a paint swatch from the home improvement store in the color of your choice.
All of the complementary colors will make the perfect ombre effect on your painted piece of bedroom furniture. Simply paint each drawer starting with the lightest color on the top drawer all the way down to the darkest color. This is a great one to customize for your room's color scheme!