Easy D.I.Y. Furniture Spruce Up

A few months back, my husband was mentioning how we really needed to get a new nightstand and dresser in one of our bedrooms.

Clearly, he was right. Being a military family, we’ve move so often over the years that our furniture really takes a beating. However, until we officially settle down in one location, I refuse to buy any new furniture, so I decided to get creative and see what I could do to spruce them up. I started by taking the drawers out one by one, and doing any repairing that I could. Then came the fun part – making them look nice.

I’m not somebody that knows anything about refurbishing furniture, so I kind of just made it up as I went along. I noticed that there was some damage on the top of both pieces of furniture that needed to be smoothed over, so I took a sanding block, and just sanded it down manually. After that, I decided that I wanted to paint the frame one color and the drawers another color. I looked into different types of paint, and decided on a spray paint by Behr that would give me a nice smooth finish. I laid out a tarp in the garage, and went to work. The result was great!

So, like I said, I’m not an expert at this, but this turned out really nice with not a lot of work! Furthermore, they are both still going strong several months later, so I would say this is a win! Sometimes it’s good to step outside your comfort zone and give something new a try! Here’s the materials I used (with links) and the steps I took to spruce these guys up! It should be noted that these were wood pieces of furniture, so these specific steps would only work on a wood based piece of furniture.


How I did it:

1.) Lay down the plastic drop cloth in a well-ventilated area. I did mine in the garage.
2.) Place furniture on the drop cloth. Remove any drawers and set them apart from the frame on the drop cloth.
3.) Use the sanding sponge to sand down any rough spots that need it.
4.) Use the Deglossing Pre-Paint wipes to wipe down the frame and drawers. Let dry as long as the instructions on the package say.
5.) Place paint tape over any parts of the furniture that you don’t want paint to get on, such as the knobs.
6.) Use the spray paint as directed on the can to paint your first coat of the frame and of the drawers (using the color of your choice for each).
7.) Let dry, and then repeat until the coverage is full with none of the old wood color peeking through. It took me 4 coats, but I also was using thin coats to avoid any drippage.
8.) Once you’ve got all of the coats of paint you need, allow the paint to dry for several days. I left mine in the garage for almost 2 weeks, not only to let the paint dry, but also to let if off-gas a bit before bringing it into the house.

Wa-la! All finished, and we didn’t have to buy new furniture, at least not yet! Enjoy! 🙂

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