Paint dresser – how to, step by step

Flea markets and auction sites are full of old dressers and other furniture that can elevate a home. Some furniture may have been around for a long time and may need a little love and an update to fit into a modern home. Many of them are just one painting project away from becoming the room’s prettiest and most personal detail. In this video, we show how you can easily give your furniture a complete renaissance by painting it striped.

4 days

Step by Step

  1. 1
    Prep work
  2. 2
  3. 3
    Create patterns
  1. 1

    Prep work

    Small filling knife

    A small filling knife is flexible and comes in several different widths. Ideal for filling small holes and irregularities.
    Filling Knife


    Before you start painting your cupboard, it is important to do some prep work to get the best possible end result. But before you start, make sure you have plenty of space where you are going to paint and put down cover paper to protect the floor from possible paint splatter.


    Then start by washing away dirt and stains. These can otherwise bleed through the paint.

    Tvätta byrå inför målning


    If you discover nicks and scratches in the dresser, be sure to putty over them using a small filling knife. Then let it dry.

    Spacklar ojämnheter inför målning av byrå


    Then sand the entire dresser including the drawers with sandpaper. This is done because the paint adheres better to a surface that is roughened instead of one that is completely smooth. Then wipe off the sanding dust with a dry cloth or a microfiber cloth.

    Slipar byrå inför målning
    Slipar byrålådor inför målning
    Torkar av slipdamm från byrå med en mikrofiberduk
  2. 2


    Basic painting

    Now it’s time to start painting your dresser! Start by priming, it makes the paint adhere better and last longer. Use a flat brush to paint details and a roller for large surfaces.

    Remember to take the drawers out of the dresser when you paint, so you can access everywhere. You can also attach screws or nails to the underside of the dresser legs to make it easier to paint around them.

    Skruvar i skruv i byråns ben för att underlätta vid målning
    Skruvar i skruv i byråns ben för att underlätta vid målning


    Now paint the entire dresser in your chosen colour. Start by painting along the edges with a brush and then fill in the larger areas with a roller. When the first layer of paint has dried, you can paint another layer.


    Anza's Platinum brush series gives the dresser a really nice surface. The brushes pick up a lot of color and have extra fine bristles at the top to give a really nice finish.
    Platinum angled paint brush synthetic brush door joinery
    Häll upp färg i rollertråg för måla byrå
  3. 3

    Create patterns

    If you want to be a little more creative, you can paint your own patterns on the dresser using masking tape. Use an indoor masking tape that provides extra sharp edges. To get really straight lines, you can use a folding ruler or a regular ruler.

    After you’ve created your pattern on the dresser and/or drawers, it’s time to paint again. Use a different color than the one you painted the dresser in and paint between or over the masking tape, depending on the pattern you created. Let the paint dry and then paint another layer.

    Then remove the masking tape before the paint dries completely. Done!

    Måla byrå

    Want more inspiration? See our guide: Repaint cupboard – front with new colours