6 Tips You Need To Know Before Painting Furniture

This week I spent time painting our bedroom dressers a nice shade of dark blue.  I was a little nervous that I was being too bold with my color choice – but I couldn’t be happier with the results!  Our bedroom is mostly full of neutrals so this deep color adds just the right touch.

Go bold! Dark blue dressers with brass hardware.

Take a look at the transformation that happens when you take your dressers, add new paint and new hardware.

The BEFORE picture. Check out the final product! Don't miss these 6 tips for painting furniture that will save you time!

Go bold! Dark blue dressers with brass hardware.

I repurposed this furniture using Annie Sloan chalk paint in Napoleonic Blue, with a layer of clear wax on top.  The mission style hardware was replaced with these thin pulls and brass knobs.

If you are planning to paint your own furniture here are my top six tips:

Don't miss these 6 tips for painting furniture that will save you time!

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  1. Pick a good quality paint.  If you are going to your local paint store ask what line offers the best coverage, and is the most durable.  If you are looking into paint that is specifically for furniture I would recommend Annie Sloan chalk paint or Miss Mustard Seed milk paint.
  2. Know if you must sand the furniture.  This does not apply to all paint brands, however if using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, sanding is not required.  A huge time saver!  If you are unsure if your surface is too glossy, or if your paint brand requires sanding, test a small spot and see how well the paint adheres and covers after the test spot dries.
  3. Take time to remove the drawers and hardware.  If your drawers are on metal glides you can watch this video to see how to remove them easily.  Or if your drawers have a tension stop on the bottom you can watch this video.  It might seem like common sense, but some of those drawers are tricky!
  4. Purchase new, or spray paint existing hardware.  New hardware will help the furniture feel like a totally different piece.  I found my hardware here, but also love to check out the hardware selection here.
  5. Use a good quality paint brush.  The last thing you want to do is spend your time picking brush bristles off your furniture, and then repainting the spot you smeared.  This is my favorite brush so far.
  6. Allow paint to completely dry before starting the second coat.  This is especially true if you are painting with a thick paint, you don’t want to pull up a section of the half dried paint.  Then you will have to sand or smooth out the smudge.


Go bold! Dark blue dressers with brass hardware.

Never painted furniture before?  Start with something small, perhaps a thrift store or garage sale find.  You will never know how much you may enjoy repurposing furniture until you give it a try.

Happy creating,



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  1. The blue color is awesome and I love the handles you chose. I have some furniture that I would like to paint so I’m happy for the tips! Thank you for linking up with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned and tweeted.

  2. I’m actually getting ready to paint a very cool desk I got! Thanks for the tips.

  3. I’ve only sprayed a couple of really cheap or MDF bits so these tips are really handy. I have several items I’d like to give a new look to.

  4. Love the color you chose! It’s amazing what a new color will do to a piece of furniture. It looks completely different!

  5. I love what you did with the dressers! Such a pretty blue:) Thanks so much for linking this up at the Bewitchin’ Projects Block Party this week! Hugs, Lisa

  6. Love how they turned out – pretty shade of blue.

  7. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    All really good tips. The last one is especially true you want to be sure the coat has dried before adding a second coat. I recently painted a table and because of the humidity it had not dried and I had that same exact problem.

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