How to paint a finished pine dresser

Updated February 21, 2017

If the pine dresser in the bedroom no longer fits the bill, don't run out and spend big bucks on a brand new piece of furniture. Instead, simply paint the dresser for a fresh new look that can change the appearance of the entire bedroom. A few simple supplies from the home and garden or hardware store and a weekend's worth of elbow grease will transform the finished pine dresser into a modern bedroom-accent piece.

Spread out a couple of dust sheets to work on, and to protect the floor in the room where you are working. Remove the drawers from the finished pine dresser and set them on the dust sheet. Use a screwdriver to remove any hardware from the dresser drawers.

Using the rags and adhering to the package directions, apply the furniture stripper to the main structure of the dresser. Leave the stripper on the dresser for the suggested amount of time (per package directions), which generally is between 10 and 20 minutes.

Remove the old finish from the dresser with the scraper, working carefully so as not to dig into the wood. Put some furniture stripper on one of the rags and rub vigorously to remove any residue left after scraping. Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the dresser drawers. Allow the dresser and drawers an hour to thoroughly dry.

Sand the main structure of the dresser and the drawers with fine gauge sandpaper. Use a clean paintbrush to brush away any dust created from sanding. Carefully run your hand along the surface of the entire dresser, as well as each of the drawers, to check for rough patches that require additional sanding.

Apply the first coat of paint to the dresser and the individual drawers. Use long, continuous brush strokes to cover evenly and thoroughly. Allow an hour for the paint to dry, and then examine each piece of furniture to determine whether or not a second coat is needed. Allow up to 24 hours of drying time before reattaching the hardware to the drawers and placing the drawers back into the dresser.

Things You'll Need

  • Dust sheets
  • Screwdriver
  • Rags
  • Furniture stripper
  • Scraper
  • Fine gauge sandpaper
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint
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Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, N.H. She has authored five books and hundreds of articles and short stories. Her work has appeared various publications, including "Parenting," "Writer’s Digest," "Vacations" and "Discovery Travel." She studied at the University of Maine and later pursued her writing studies through numerous classes and workshops.