• How to Paint Furniture Like a Rockstar

    Paint Furniture! Turning a White Dresser Into a Star!

    If you’re wondering about how to paint furniture, this article will help to inspire you, particularly if you are looking for something a little different.

    Painting wood furniture needs a little work but as you can see from this white dresser – it is worth it when its done right! Painted furniture is not new – there is a lot of information on how to paint furniture but very few great twists on doing it differently. This takes it a whole new level. Even if you are short of cash, there is no need to be short of inspiration or creativity. You do want a Rockstar life, right? Then creating something really great out of something kinda ordinary is exactly what you aspire to – in and out of your home.

    Diane from InMyOwnStyle shows how thinking outside the box redefines how to paint furniture and painting wood furniture.

    How to Update a Hand Me Down Dresser

    by Diane on 03/31/2011

    BeforeThis dresser looks nice in this photo, but the top and left side have cracks in them. It would need too much work and expense to fix , so I am going to add my own style to it using the gift-wrap and paint.

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    I painted the dresser white first. The paint is a mix of whites that I had a bit of each– Sherwin Williams Creamy and Alabaster. I added them together so I would have enough to cover the dresser.    I roughed up the wood just a tiny bit with sandpaper.  Cleaned it up with a tack cloth and then rolled on two coats of Original Kilz stain blocking primer.

    Adhering the Giftwrap

    1.  Use Mod Podge to attach the sheets of gift-wrap to the top of the dresser. I figured out the placement of the gift-wrap first and then spread a thick coat of Mod Podge on the top of the dresser where the first sheet would go.

    2.   Line up the paper and leave enough to turn over to the underside of the top.  Lay the sheet on and then use your brush and spread more Mod Podge on top of the paper.

    3.  Make sure you press out all the air bubbles.  If you get an air bubble and you can’t remove it. Carefully cut the paper with a mat knife and then use the tip of the knife to hold the paper up so you can get some Mod Podge under the section.  Press it back down and smooth it over. Once it is dry you won’t notice. When using Mod Podge – especially on large pieces you are going to get a few wrinkles, but in this case – they look good  – like leather.   Use your brush or fingers to make sure that the gift-wrap is adhered to the underside of top.

    4.  Repeat the process for each sheet of gift-wrap.


    5.  After the first coat of Mod Podge was dry, I added a second coat.

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    Painting wood furniture is an inspiring when you turnout great pieces like this white dresser. These simple rules on how to paint furniture can be used on almost any piece of furniture like this painted piece.

4 Responsesso far.

  1. I love it! Where is that wrapping paper from?

  2. Shelley Halpain says:

    I really love the mirrors.. Im curious how you hung them all so they overlap like that.

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