Looking for a simple, budgeted dresser makeover tutorial for your toddler’s bedroom? Well, you’ve come to the right place! I am in the midst of redecorating my toddler’s bedroom with decor finishes in a neutral modern look with pops of color. In fact, I have a preview of what is going to be in her room right here in this inspirational neutral vintage vibes post. But along with her new bedroom makeover, I have a dresser and a nightstand that I was handed when I was ready to have my little one. And I think that they were in need of a fresh new look. So let’s get started here with this tutorial. And make sure you grab my FREE Minimal Project Planner Checklist from the freebies library today!
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Materials for dresser makeover:
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- Assorted Grit Sandpaper: https://amzn.to/2SKsIoN
- Handpainted Ceramic Knobs: https://amzn.to/2D5PXo1
- Foam Roller: https://amzn.to/2VIJoPj
- Paint Brushes: https://amzn.to/2M4AOpI
- Skil Octo Sander: https://amzn.to/2SNF6EA
- Paint Color: Soft Lace by Behr Premium Plus Ultra
Remove hardware and sand down furniture.
With any piece of furniture, you want to make sure that you sand it down before you paint it. (Even if you plan on using chalk paint.) Sanding down your furniture will ensure it has a smooth finish and so that the paint sticks to it for a good long while. If you have a piece of furniture that needs to be sanded down, then check out this great post on how to sand furniture. Thankfully, I only had to sand down a few spots on the dresser and the nightstand because there were no nicks and it didn’t have any high glossy finish. It was last painted with spray paint, so I only needed to sand down a few rough areas on the dresser.
This is the sander that I have and sandpaper I use:
I was able to go ahead and take off all of the hardware first before sanding. Unfortunately, the drawers don’t come out for some reason, so I would take out the drawers if you can when painting a piece of furniture. It makes the whole process easier. The only hardware that I had to take off for these pieces of furniture were the knobs. I decided to replace them anyways to give it a whole new look. With this project, I used a sample of paint that I had received from Home Depot. The color is Soft Lace by BEHR Premium Plus. It was already a paint and primer in one. Yes, you can order paint samples from Home Depot and they only cost around $3 with free shipping!
Start painting your furniture and give it two to three layers.
After you take off your hardware, and you’ve sanded your piece, you can start painting with a brush. I had used some paint brushes that I already kept in our basement. But you can get the correct paint brushes that I recommend.
The dresser and nightstand were super easy to paint because there weren’t a ton of details on it. In fact, you could probably use a small paint roller if you wanted to for this kind of project. Once I got the first coat, I gave it an hour to dry and then I painted the second coat. Give your dresser makeover at least two to three coats for a long-lasting finish. Then give it a day to dry before you put the hardware back on.
Replace your drawer knobs with these vintage-looking ones.
The next thing I did was order these vintage-looking knobs from Amazon. I think they are so pretty and they really stand out on the dresser after I put them on. To make your dresser look even more vintage, you can use a medium to high grit sandpaper to sand the edges and corners. This project only took me a day to do between letting the layers of paint dry and putting the hardware back on. I think this is going to look so pretty in my daughter’s room once everything is put together. I can’t wait to post her new bedroom reveal. Did you like this quick and easy dresser makeover tutorial?
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