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DIY Dresser Refinishing!

Kids destroy furniture – let’s be honest. I got this dresser/changing table for FREE because the kids had destroyed it with stickers, fingernail polish, markers, and paint. Was it a lost cause? Absolutely not! With a little bit of elbow grease and love, I was able to transform this dresser!



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I decided to sand this project because of the stickers and paint that was stuck to it. It was faster to sand it down than try to scrape it all off. I used an electric sander to do this.

First sand: 

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Second Sand:

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Materials Used:

  • Paint Brush
  • Foam Brush
  • Paint Pan
  • Electric Sander and sand paper OR Fine Steel Wool Pad
  • Screwdriver
  • General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint
  • General Finishes Semi-Gloss Top Coat Sealant
  • Spray Paint for hardware or new hardware




  1.  Take steel wool pad and de-gloss furniture. You don’t need to spend too much time on this. You may be able to see the wood get less shiny but sometimes it looks the same. Just give the piece a good wipe down. OR Sand down the furniture piece. I usually use an electric sander if the wood is very rough or has anything stuck to it (like this dresser)
  2. Take off the hardware (handles, knobs) – you will need a screwdriver!
  3. Clean the furniture with a microfiber cloth to get all the dust and dirt off.
  4. Paint! Use a roller or paint brush depending on the size of your project. Don’t let big paint drips dry. The first coat will look horrible. Trust me. After two or three coats it will look much better!
  5. Sand if you want to get that rustic look. Skip if you don’t want that.
  6. After the paint is completely dry, it is time to seal. I used a foam brush and put three coats on. A little goes a long way. Do not let the paint drips dry; the sealer will dry a different color if it is in big pools.
  7. Spray paint old hardware or visit your local home improvement store and purchase new hardware like I did! Make sure to measure the existing holes to buy something that will fit.





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