How To Easily Repaint A Chest Of Drawers

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How To Easily Repaint A Chest Of Drawers

These pine chest of drawers have been in my boys’ shared bedroom for a few years now.  I originally purchased them second hand and already upcycled in a gorgeous aqua colour.   The colour happened to go with the random blue paint choice for the walls at the time.  Love how those things happen!!

Initially I was not sure about whether to repaint a chest of  drawers for the boys’ room refresh.  But I am so glad I did!  I love how, with just a bit of paint and some new handles, an old piece of furniture can become new again!

repaint a chest of drawers

What happened to the missing drawer handles?

A couple of the pine knobs, which were painted white and distressed, broke over time.

The other missing handles  Mum “borrowed” for a different furniture project and never got around to replacing them.  Sorry kids!

The Plan

Since I am going for an industrialised, rustic kind of look in the boys’ shared bedroom, I decided to go with black handles.

My regular “go to place” for purchasing handles is Ebay.

I find there is a lot more choice online than the local hardware store, as well as better prices.  If I don’t mind waiting the 2 to 6 week shipping time, it’s a great solution!

This time I bought these black pull handles from Ebay.  It meant I could cover up the existing holes without having to fill them with putty. And they only cost a $1 each!

handles to repaint a chest of drawers

The Steps To Repaint A Chest Of Drawers

Due to the need to use up my existing paint supplies, the colour for this project was determined by what paint I already had on hand.

Thankfully, Seaside Fusion Mineral Paint that I used was a great colour choice!

Step 1 – Clean And Lightly Sand

I did give these painted boys drawers a light sand and a good clean before re-painting.  Oh, yes and removed all the stickers.

The original paint is a mix of Annie Sloan chalk paint colours with a top coat of wax.

So sanding it made sure that the new paint would adhere better without having to use an undercoat.

Step 2 – No Undercoat Or Primer Needed.  Just Paint.

repaint a chest of drawers

Once the drawers were prepped, I painted them with 2 coats of Seaside Fusion Mineral Paint.  This is a decorative finishing paint, which actually doesn’t require a undercoat or top coat.

The time between coats is longer though because of that, at minimum 12 hours.

Step 3 – Distress (Optional)

repaint a chest of drawers

The original colour actually went really well with the new top colour so I decided that I wanted some of it to show through.

I just sanded parts of the new paint and scratched it a bit.

Yes, really, I used my finger nail and scratched the top layer of paint off in a few places.

Love how the aqua colour just peeps through.

Step 4 – Add Handles

Next I screwed the new handles into the wood, covering over the old holes.

The screw driver stripped a bit of the black paint off the screws.  A few dabs of Coal Black Fusion Mineral Paint and all black again.

Step 5 – Apply Sealer

Really, I didn’t need to apply sealer because of the paint I used.  Fusion Mineral Paint includes a primer, paint and top coat in the one product.  However, with kids’ furniture I like to make sure it is really easy to wipe clean.

Update: since this repaint a chest of drawers I have had to wipe texta and pen marks off.  Thankfully it came off with no problems!

A sealer also gives it a bit more sheen and I reckon the wood underneath appreciates the moisture.

So the chest of drawers got a coat of the lovely L’Essentiel liquid wax.   My current favourite product to use as a top coat over furniture paint.

The Result

I love how they turned out!!   Yes, they did need a repaint after all!

painted boys drawers

Take note of how easy it was to repaint a chest of drawers for a kid’s bedroom!  You can definitely do it too!

Further Reading:

Ideas For A Shared Boys Bedroom

Girls Bedroom Dresser Makeover

Girls Bedroom Ideas And Inspiration

Best Way To Store Lego


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