Post # 1
We got a hand-me-down bedroom set from my parents that I just love the style of, but I’m really not a fan of the colour. It’s like a mid-range oak with an orange tinge and white handles…ick. The bed actually doesnt match the dresser and side tables, and has a different finish, but is close enough in colour that you can’t tell its not a set.
I want to paint it all white or off white. How do I do this? Do I have to sand it all down to get the finish off? Of so, can I use sand paper or do I have to buy a handheld sander? The side rails of the bed look like wood but they’re actually more plastic-y, can you paint right over that? Would I have to put primer on first? And how do you do things that have to lie down – the front half one day, the back half the next?
What colour of handles would YOU put on white side tables? I was thinking black but hubby thinks silver and really, I have no clue.
Anyone have any before/after pics of furniture they’ve painted? I don’t want it to look like a 5 year old did it, but I love white bed sets, love this set, and don’t want to buy a new one.
Post # 4
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 # 5
beauty! thank you! i read that blog now but couldnt figure out how to scroll back so far even though I figured they’d have something.
if anyone has before/after pictures, i’d love to see them 🙂
Post # 6
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
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 # 8
Oh I am DEFINITELY buying new handles!! These ones are sooooooo ugly lol. The knobs on the armoire are actually wood and match the armoire so i think I have to paint those (I cant figure out how to get them off) but the side table knobs are just aweful. I had no idea Anthropologie had knobs! We looked in Home Depot and RONA this weekend and didnt love any, but I wasnt sure even what colour to go with.
I wish I wasnt in a 1bedroom apartment so I could do it now! I can’t wait to see how it turns out.
Next question (I am new to decorating a house) if I do white trim in the house, can I do the bed in an offwhite/really light ivory, or will it be obvious? I cant decide if I should do stark white, or slightly offwhite for some warmth.
Post # 9
@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
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
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
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.