• Mama Kate

DIY Painted Dresser... in 10 easy steps!

I DID IT! My first piece of painted furniture. And of course, I documented every step so you could copy my work.

It was easier than I thought it would be. Scroll down for my step-by-step guide.

STEP one: Disassemble + prep.

Take each drawer out, unscrew the hardware, and get ready to do work!

Here are the materials you'll need to gather:

1. A drop cloth to protect your floors and surrounding surfaces

2. A fine grit sanding sponge

3. Lemon scented 409

4. Paper towels

5. Trash bags

6. Painter's tape

5. Spray paint - I used Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface Spray Paint in Matte French Cream for the color, Clear Dead Flat for the protective topcoat, and Hammered Black for the hardware. For the pop color on the inside I chose Krylon's chalky finish spray paint in waterfall.

6. An old board

7. Beer

STEP two: Sand that sucker.

​​​​​I have to admit - I wasn't actually planning on doing this part. But I just happened to have a fine grit sanding sponge handy, so I gave it a whirl.

I didn't feel the need to go too crazy, just a light allover sanding to give the high glossed surface some tooth. I figured it'd help the paint stick better.

STEP three: Clean 'er up.

As much as I hate cleaning, the end product is always worth the effort. And this step is essential because you DO NOT want to paint a dusty, freshly sanded surface. I shouldn't have to tell you that.

I used good ol' 409. In lemon scent, obvi.

STEP four: Tape off your cabinet faces {skip this step if you aren't adding a pop of color on the inside of your drawers}.

I suggest wrapping trash bags around the faces of the cabinet then simply sealing the edges with painter's tape.

Save your bags when you're done, you're about to use them again!

*IF YOU AREN'T ALREADY IN A VENTILATED AREA, MOVE TO ONE NOW.* I shouldn't have to tell you that.

STEP five: Pick your pop.​​

Time to start spray painting! I did not sand or prep the inside of drawers in any way, but if you're super detail oriented and feel like doing that, go for it.


I opted for Krylon's Chalky Finish spray paint in waterfall.

​​STEP six: Cover your drawers {again - a skippable step if you don't care what the inside of your drawers look like}.

Take the trash bags you used in step four and wrap them around the insides of your drawers and, again, seal off with tape.

PRO TIP: I decided to elevate my pieces on old paint cans so I wouldn't have to hunch over while painting.

STEP seven: Paint your hardware.

I used an old board and taped the hardware upside down so the knocker part wouldn't rest against the other part and stick to it or mess up the surface of the paint.

I used a couple coats of hammered black then finished it with a clear topcoat.


STEP eight: Paint your masterpiece, Picasso.

It's time. Start shaking those cans and get to the fun part... painting your main attraction!

Follow the directions on the cans, making sure to pay attention to the suggested wait time between coats, distance you should spray from, etc.

And make sure you're in a ventilated area. Did I mention that yet?

I used FIVE. CANS. of Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface Spray Paint in Matte French Cream for the color and three cans of Clear Dead Flat for the protective topcoat.

STEP nine: More sanding.

The beauty of spray paint is in its ability to create a stroke-free, flawless surface. But as great as this medium is, quite a few pesky flecks of dust did find their way into each coat of my paint.

I decided to lightly sand in between coats (once fully dry) to keep my surface ultra smooth.

STEP ten: Re-assemble and DONE.

Put the pieces back together again and take a step back to stare at your finished product. VOILA!

What do you think? Easy enough, right?!

If you have any questions, hit me up on Instagram @mamakateknowsbest.


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