White Dresser Makeover

White Dresser Makeover | Te Amo Too

I am so happy you all enjoyed little Olivia’s Nursery.

Today I wanna show you a simple makeover I did on the dresser. This is certainly one of my “if I can do it, you can DIY” projects. Believe me!

It took me so long to paint my first piece of furniture. I wish I had started painting furniture a long time ago. It is so easy and it makes a huge difference.

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During my search for all white furniture, an acquaintance offered to give me this chest of drawers. At first I thought it looked weird, mostly because of the knobs, but decided to give it a go.

After much research – on Pinterest of course – this was my inspiration:

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via thelittleumbrella

So here is how I did it

White Dresser Makeover | Te Amo Too

How to Paint Furniture

  1. In a ventilated area, place the furniture on top of a drop cloth or anywhere else you don’t mind having paint on.
  2. Remove any drawers and hardware – keep these inside a plastic bag.
  3. Sand to remove the finish and dirt – a small electric hand sander works like this one works really well.
  4. Patch any holes or damaged areas with wood filler – the paintable kind is a good choice. Use a putty knife to remove any excess.
  5. Lightly sandpaper the furniture. No need to spend a lot of time on it.
  6. Wipe it clean with a damp cloth, making sure you remove all the dust.
  7. Mask off the areas you do not want to paint.
  8. With a good quality brush or foam roller apply a thin coat of primer.
  9. After the primer has completely dried, paint with your color of choice in the direction of the wood grain from top to bottom.
  10. Apply a second coat of paint.
  11. Seal with Polyurethane.

In a nutshell: Prep + Prime + Paint + Seal

If you are having any problems, or before you do, I suggest reading this great post from  Mandi at Vintage Revivals: 3 Frustrating Furniture Painting Problems Solved with One Tip.

She also recommends using the Sherwin Williams Pro Classic Paint and a Mohair Roller.

White Dresser Makeover | Te Amo Too

After the dresser was curated, I measured the space in-between the knobs. I went to the Silhouette software and wrote all six words. I then sized each word to fit in between each set of knobs. After cutting the black permanent adhesive vinyl, I covered my design with transfer paper and applied it on the drawers.

For a more detailed explanation on how to use vinyl click here.

White Dresser Makeover | Te Amo Too

 I love the way it turned out. The dresser houses all of their dress up toys, together with the laundry hamper and striped bin.

Have you ever wrote on a dresser before?

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19 Comments

  1. This looks so incredible! I’m always so amazed by your talent. Pinned and tweeted. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm and party with us! It is so super fun to see what you have been working on! Lou Lou Girls

  2. I want to paint my coffee tables this summer, but I don’t know if I can really commit to a 4 step project. Everytime we have company, I wish I had fixed them up and the rest of the time i am glad they are junk! LOL

    1. Hi Crystal, if you use chalk paint you don’t really need to sand and prime. If your piece is in good condition, you can just paint over it and leave a small jar for touch ups just in case! You can do it :)

    1. Hi Angela, thank you! I do want people to think that it is easy! I’m telling you, we don’t have a lot of money and I have no special talent or skill … so if I can do it, everyone can!

  3. I love this – I am in a painting mood myself these days and wondered how I have not started earlier. I am thinking of the dinning tale next! The girls playroom looks great and no I have never written on a dresser before!

    1. I know, this happens constantly to me, I always think something will be too much work and keep pushing it, but then when I actually do it, I see it wasn’t that bad! You should try writing on furniture Zan !!!

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