(Closed) Painting bedroom furniture – anyone done this?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 4
6892 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Okay, yes you can do this. Yes you need to sand it down first. Doesn’t matter what you sand it with, but I’d use the handheld because this is NOT a fun project and will be time consuming. I’d do it in the garage or somewhere like that – not outside, or stuff might fly into the primer or paint. I would prime it, as well, because it’s large pieces of furniture. And yep, you can totally paint! I’d love to see how it turns out.

Btw – I like silver handles on white furniture too. BUT, black can give it a more modern vibe.

Post # 6
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I did this with a coffee table. It was my parents but covered in nail polish, glitter, glue, and tons of crap from years in a play room. I sanded it because it had a finish on it. I did it all by hand because we didn’t have a sander. Didn’t take too long but thats because its was a smaller peice. I primed it b/c I was worried about the permanent marker showing through and then painted it a gree color. My mom and dad thought I was nuts but it actually turned out super cute in my opinion! I will try to remember to take a pic of it when I get home.

Post # 7
1014 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

yes, you can do it.  it’ll be pretty easy, and will totally change the look of the furniture!

give everything a light sanding (you don’t have to go crazy here, you just want to scratch up the surface a bit).  then primer, and paint… easy peasy.  i’d use latex paint in a satin finish, and i’d probably buy new handles instead of painting them.  i love knobs and handles from anthropologie.  if they can’t be removed, i’d paint them white/offwhite so they just disappear into the furniture.  you can prop/lean the headboard up against something like a chair so you can access most of the wood, but there’ll be a few spots you’ll have to touch up once most everything dries.

Post # 9
1014 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@noopnoop: i would do offwhite.  It will still visually match your trim, shades of white tend to go together.  If you did a super stark white, it would stick out in a harsh way.  Anthropologie has awesome knobs/handles… all of my furniture has been redone with anthro knobs, they’re  a little pricey, though.  check out the website, i think they’re under hardware in the home section of the site.

Post # 10
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I think everyone’s given good advice on the how.  I recently painted a dresser for the baby’s room but can’t upload pics.  I LOVE how it turned out.  You can see the after near the bottom of the page here (it was a dark, cherry stain before with really ugly handles). 

Post # 11
2871 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Fiance and I refinished a dresser last summer and repurposed it into a dining room buffet.

the dresser was 27 bucks at goodwill.  We think it came out very nice for our first refinishing project.

We ended up having to use a paint stripper since it had been painted so many times. we then sanded, primered it then painted with a semi gloss.

We used rust-oleum painters touch semi gloss and it turned out wonderful.  We painted our handles with krylon hammered nickle finish and I was really impressed.

Pictures always help 🙂

$27 dresser before (white and nasty seafoam green shown on bottom)

Dresser handles after being spraypanted with krylon, hammered finish (they used to be a seafoam color)

Finnished buffet… 🙂


Post # 12
46680 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would do the knobs in the same white or do crystal knobs.

This is more subtle and less jarring than a contratsing color.

You can totally do this yourself, or prep it your self then take it to a spray paint place to be spray lacquered. They will give it a gorgeous, long-wearing professional looking finish.

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