Boyish Distressed Dresser {spray-painted furniture}

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We are down to less than two months until baby boy #2  joins our family!  I am finally starting to feel like I need to slow down now but  my crazy hyper nesting instincts have been in full force (can you tell by how many projects I have been doing to my house lately?).  I know that before too long I will either be too pregnant or too busy with a newborn to do anything to do much so I am trying to get it all done now.

Now before you read this post about how I spray-painted my son's furniture, I want you to know that I'm not totally crazy and I am totally paranoid about exposing myself (and my kids) to harmful chemicals.  Therefore, I use a HUGE respirator mask (seriously I look like I'm ready for space travel) whenever I paint these days.  I think my neighbors are used to seeing me in it now because I also work outside for maximum ventilation.

This dresser was a hand-me down.  It is solid wood and great for little boys, but the finish was showing some wear and tear so I decided to paint it blue for my son's new "big boy room"!


I started by removing the hardware, which I cleaned and sprayed with a flat black paint.

Then I lightly sanded the dresser.

When I was done sanding, I first wiped it down with a damp cloth, and then wiped it really well with a tack cloth.  Tack cloth is sticky so it is really good at removing all the dust particles so the paint will adhere to the surface well.

Next I sprayed on a coat of primer.

Then I sprayed on a few coats of blue paint.

A few pointers for spray-painting furniture:

*Don't be cheap when purchasing paint or you will end up doing a lot more work and using a lot more paint, so go for the good (expensive) stuff.

*Remove drawers and doors if necessary (I removed the drawers to spray them).

*Work in light coats.  I think it took me 4 coats of blue to get complete coverage.  If you spray on too much at one time it will get drips, which you really don't want.

*If you do get drips, you will need to let it dry completely, then sand it until it is smooth, then spray it again (no fun).

After I had it all painted solid blue, I let it dry overnight.  Then I lightly sanded it so some of the white primer would show through.

The last step is to apply a protective clear coat.  I like to use Minwax polycrylic spray in satin finish.  Once that was dry I re-installed the hardware and admired my handywork!!

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Here are some more projects from the room:


Striped Quilt

Bunting Curtains

How to Paint a Room

How to Paint Stripes

License Plate Coat Hooks

Favorite Things Paintings

Tip Junkie handmade projects



  1. I love how this turned out! Stopping by from the Mingle with Us Blog Hop! Following along via LF! Would love for you to stop by and visit!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  2. Cute! Very boyish looking!

  3. That is a great looking “big boy” dresser. What brand and finish of spray paint did you use? I haven’t had much luck spray painting furniture, I always seem to goo it up with runs. Your’s looks perfect!

    • I used Krylon. I like that or Rustoleum the best. You just have to use several light coats to prevent drips.

  4. I love this – it looks a million times better. You make me want to paint everything in my house! :)

    I have a new link party on tuesdays and would love for you to share this!

    - Sarah

  5. This dresser turned out fantastic!!


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