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Angi How To Color Block Your Dresser

Date Published: Nov. 12, 2019

Time: 60 Minutes

If your room is looking a little drab, or you're just tired of the same old style you've had for years, a great and cheap way to spice things up is to color block your dresser! With just a few different paint colors and some creative license, you can turn any dresser into a marvel of modern design.

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1Find a dresser to update.

First, pick the wooden dresser you want to paint. This is a great opportunity to repurpose an old, unused dresser.

2Sand the desser.

Sand your dresser. Sanding will ensure that your dresser has a smooth finish and won't chip. Start out with 80 or 100-grit sandpaper, and then switch to 150-grit or higher once most of the paint or stain has been removed from the piece.

3Sand until it's not shiny.

If your dresser is made of something similar to Formica, simply sand it until it's no longer shiny.

4Remove dust.

Now, remove all the dust from your dresser with a damp cloth. Residual dust will keep the paint and primer from sticking.

5Prime dresser wood.

Next, prime your dresser. Do several very thin coats of primer for best results. If you're going to paint with dark colors, opt for a gray primer. If you're going to paint with light colors, opt for white.

6Paint dresser.

Now, it's time to paint! Choose four or five bright paint colors and your solid color.

7Paint dresser drawer sides.

Paint your dresser drawer sides with your bold hues, and then your dresser a solid color.

8Dry drawers.

Before you return your dresser drawers, be sure they're completely dry.


Enjoy your trendy new dresser!