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How to paint Welsh dressers

Updated February 21, 2017

Even the most inexperienced amateur should have little trouble painting a Welsh dresser. However, application is only half the battle. If you don't understand the specific preparation steps required to promote adhesion, you will likely end up with chipping and peeling over time. If you plan to paint Welsh dressers, you'll need to familiarise yourself with the proper ways to prepare the surface before you get started.

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  1. Sand away the varnish topcoat using 80 to 120 grit sandpaper. Skip this step if the Welsh dresser is raw, unvarnished wood.

  2. Apply blue painter's tape to any areas you want to protect from paint.

  3. Cover surrounding floors with plastic or fabric dust sheets.

  4. Wipe down the surface of the dresser with a tack cloth to remove saw dust and promote adhesion.

  5. Apply latex primer to the Welsh dresser using the 7.5 to 10 cm (3 to 4 inch) paintbrush. Apply light, vertical strokes and work from left to right.

  6. Apply latex primer to smaller, detailed areas of the Welsh dresser using a 2.5 to 5 cm (1 to 2 inch) paintbrush. Allow the surface to dry for two full hours.

  7. Clean each paintbrush with warm water. Shake the brushes vigorously to remove excess moisture.

  8. Apply paint to the dresser in the same manner as you did the primer. Allow the paint to dry for two full hours. Apply an additional coat if necessary.

  9. Tip

    If you are painting a Welsh dresser that has been stained, you'll need to use an oil-based primer to promote adhesion.

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Things You'll Need

  • 80 to 120 grit sandpaper
  • Blue painter's tape
  • Plastic or fabric dust sheets
  • Tack cloth
  • Latex primer
  • Latex paint
  • 7.5 to 10 cm (3 to 4 inch) paintbrush
  • 2.5 to 5 cm (1 to 2 inch) paintbrush

About the Author

Ryan Lawrence is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado. He has been writing professionally since 1999. He has 10 years of experience as a professional painting contractor. Lawrence writes for High Class Blogs and Yodle. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations with a minor in history from the University of Oklahoma.

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