How I Painted My Vintage Dresser Without Sanding

Thursday, June 25, 2020

After having this dresser for SEVEN years, I am FINALLY giving this vintage dresser a makeover! The person who gave it to me several years ago said it was a few generations old so this makeover is long over do. 

If you are looking to re-do one of your own furniture pieces stick around because I'll be going over how what products I used to transform this beautiful vintage dresser!


The reason I’m not sanding this is because it’s too thick (I've tried to sand down a similar piece and I'm gonna pass this time around) Also, there's a lot of detail in the wood work and I don't have the tools (or patience lol) to sand down. 

Before I got started.. this dresser needed a SERIOUS cleaning. It had stickers all over it and a few coffee stains marker. So I scraped the stickers off and wiped it down with first with some all purpose spray and then rubbing alcohol.

You’ll notice a few of the original knobs and pulls are missing or broken, so as much as I didn’t want to.. I had to replace them. So before I got started painting, I removed all the hardware. There were also a few decorative pieces on the dresser which I was able to get off with a flathead. 


I used a paint and primer in one from Vaspar Signature. The color I used was Ultra White.
I started with very light coats with a brush until I got the finish I was looking for.

I started painting the dresser with a paint brush but I switched to a paint roller because I didn’t like the brush strokes. Plus I kept finding brush hairs in the paint..smh. I’m really happy I went with the paint roller because you can no longer see the brush strokes and the paint came over very smooth!

For a top coat, I used THIS clear water based finishing spray from Mini-Wax.


For knobs, I went with THESE brass knobs from Hobby Lobby. I really wanted that antique look so I gave them a "rough" coat of paint and wiped some of it off. I love the way they turned out! 

For pulls, I got lucky and found THESE four pulls (Hobby Lobby for the win again) that were already white but had a distressed look!

This is the finished look. I’m very happy with how it turned out. For my next video, I’m going to be sharing how the entire room turned out so be sure to subscribe and give this video a thumbs up. 

If you were to repaint this dresser - what color would you have made it? 

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