A Masculine Dresser Makeover

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Hey there, friends! Welcome to another installment of “repaint all of the furniture that Abby once painted black!” 🙂 Yes, I once went on a black furniture spree and painted just about every piece I owned. Now don’t get me wrong– I have seen black pieces that are absolutely gorgeous! I’m not opposed to them altogether, just in the overabundance that happens to be in my home. In my last painting project, I gave my dresser a little bit of a glam makeover by painting it white and gold.

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You know how when you change one thing in the room, everything else suddenly starts to look like it needs a makeover too? Yeah, that definitely happened here. See, not too far away from that now glammy little dresser sat my hubby’s dresser, still black and not absolutely terrible, but definitely far from fabulous. It needed a bit of TLC, so I set out to give it its own transformation.

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Because I wanted this piece to have an extra smooth finish, I decided to try out the newest weapon in my DIY arsenal: my HomeRight Finish Max Pro paint sprayer.

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I have to admit– I was a little nervous. I had never used a sprayer before and I had visions of everything that could possibly go wrong. But {spoiler alert} I am so thrilled that I tried it because not only was it so easy to use, but it gave me a more beautiful, smooth finish than I ever expected.

Since I live in Pittsburgh and it is not the warmest city on the planet, I took advantage of one of our last not-completely-freezing fall days to do this project and kept it in my garage rather than out in the yard so I would have more protection from the elements while still having proper ventilation. Before I could do the fun spraying part, though, I had to do some prep work.

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I began by removing all of the hardware from the piece. Because I was afraid I was going to get everything mixed up or lose it love to organize, I meticulously separated and labeled the hardware in little snack-sized bags so I would be able to find what I needed when it was time to reattach it.

I didn’t want to spray the inside of the dresser where the drawers are inserted, so I used plastic and painter’s tape to seal that off.

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And because I wasn’t sure how much overspray to expect, I covered most of the items in the vicinity with plastic just to be on the safe side.

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Then it was time to get spraying! I was using Behr Marquee’s Compass Blue paint, so I thinned it out a little bit so that it would go through the sprayer easily and got to it! I used sweeping horizontal motions with my whole arm, not bending at the wrist.

I was totally shocked when I had sprayed the entire piece in less than 10 minutes. I let it dry for a few hours and gave it a second coat for good measure. Seriously, so easy, y’all! And cleanup was a cinch!

And the best part is that once everything had dried and was ready to go, I had this…

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Eeeek! Love! I picked up some new pulls at Home Depot, and I used Rub ‘n Buff on the formerly silver hinges so that they would match. I feel like Donnie and my dressers definitely belong in the same room now– his and hers! 🙂

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Oh and the before and after! Drumroll please…

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Yippee! Now when I look around my house I find myself thinking, “What else can I spray…?” 😉 I usually leave any tool that is more complex than a paint brush to my handy hubby, but he wasn’t even around when I was figuring out the sprayer, and I had zero problems whatsoever. Plus, it was fun!

I definitely see many more projects in my future with the Finish Max Pro. Now excuse me while I go paint everything I can get my hands on…

Have you ever tried a paint sprayer? What are your best tips and tricks?

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  1. JaneEllen says:

    That blue is awesome, so pretty, great job Abby, you’re a #1 gal. Good for you giving the sprayer a try without hubs to help. Sometimes I like to figure things out on my own without interference and being told I was wrong a million times. Not the most patient hubs. 46 yrs. teaches me what not to do. lol
    No more brush marks on pieces huh? As soon as I can gonna get one of those for myself. Then I can paint things without having to wait til mr. grumpy in the mood to do it for me. Hate it when that happens (all too often). Would love to do our kitchen cupboards with paint sprayer. You’re among couple others that have done a testimonial on that sprayer. Makes me feel much better knowing you have used it and love it.
    I’m in midst of putting finishing touch on crafts made for show tomorrow. Putting hanging ribbons, strings on things, applying glitter. Figured I’d do it all at once on several of pieces instead of piece mealing, making mess more than needed. Was standing at kitchen island and when I do my poor old messed up back really lets me know about it. Gave me excuse to sit down here for few minutes to rest my back. I still haven’t gotten new computer out to see how it is. 23″ screen and cpu in the monitor. Separate keyboard. Really modern. Been too busy making things to be able to concentrate on it, will be 3 weeks this Friday since I received it. In due time. Behind on reading posts also. Just not enuf of me to go around, lol. Hubs is putting finishing touches on his outdoor wood trees he made. He wanted to make couple other things but his back was hurting too much. See how much fun getting old is? Yeah right it’s for the birds.
    Better get back to it. Enjoy the season. Give those adorable boys a hug for me will you?

  2. Laura Clark says:

    Thank you for giving our sprayer a try on this project! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed using the sprayer and that you are eager to paint more furniture. The dresser is gorgeous!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Laura! I will sing the sprayer’s praises to anyone who will listen! 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful week and a happy holiday!

      ~Abby =)

  3. Abby, this looks beautiful, what a transformation. I would love to use a tool like that, I’ve got about 5 pieces of furniture that need a coat of paint. Thanks for showing how easy it is!

  4. Crystal F says:

    Cool Story, but I just now saw this post and I had created a very similar post (wow! over a year ago now! Time sure does fly.) I even called it a Masculine Dresser Makeover. It’s very similar to the dresser you made for your husband and I thought you might appreciate it. Sorry for my poor photography and blogging skills. I have a lot to work on and just began revamping the blog with the help of your e-book. Thank you very much. 🙂 https://crystalscreativespace.com/masculine-dresser-makeover/

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