Coral Painted Dresser

I am dying to find a dresser like this beautiful coral one that Destiny from A Place for Us painted.  It looks similar in shape to the yellow painted dresser I did for a friend.  The card catalog library pulls just makes me swoon.  This is Destiny’s debut project here on IC, so give her some love.  I know you will fall in love with her style like I did.

Dresser makeovers are one of the easiest projects for DIY beginners. A little sanding, painting and drying, and you got yourself a “new to you” piece of furniture. With painted furniture being one of the biggest trends of 2013, I knew it would be the perfect addition to my office space. I chose a beautiful coral color by Benjamin Moore (Coral Gables) and to make it extra special and fitting for an office I added some card catalog pulls with labels. PERFECT!


Come check out how I did it.

Like I said before this is an EASY beginner project, great for those who want to get there DIY feet wet. What your going to need to complete this project is:



various grits of sandpaper

Extra Rags


Beautiful Paint Color (Coral Gables by Benjamin Moore)

Polyurethane (Optional)

Paint Sprayer or rollers


First take your dresser and give it a light sanding with a fine-medium grit sandpaper. You want to take any shine off or any imperfections you might see. After that wipe it down with a dry cloth or tack cloth to remove any sand.

Coral Dresser

Next, use a really good primer. This is important because you want your paint to stay put and not smear or chip away. I always use KILZ oil-based primer in a can for furniture redos. Just make sure you give it a real good shake before you spray it on, other wise when you spray you are going to get a rough texture.

Primer on Dresser

Give it one good coat, two if you want to be an over achiever Smile.

After it has dried overnight or a few hours sand it again, very lightly with a fine grit sandpaper. Take your towel and give it a good wipe down to remove any debris.

For the next step I suggest you use a sprayer, because it will give you a pretty finish! But you can definitely use a sponge rollers to paint it by hand. I don’t like using brushes because of the marks. I found that sponge rollers are the next best thing if you haven’t gotten yourself a fancy sprayer.

TIP:For a pretty finish move your gun back and fourth, and follow through from edge to edge. Never stop in the middle of a piece because it might give you some drips!

painting a dresser

As you can see I was anxious to get going on the knobs, but I slowed down to snap a pic! Isn’t that color lovely?

At this point you can spray it with a clear coat of polyurethane for extra protection. Let it dry for a couple of day before you attach any hardware.

I knew I wanted this dresser to be labeled so I purchased these labeled pulls from Vandykes in brass.

Card Catalog Pulls

I printed out some labels from my computer and slipped them right in! This is one of my favorite pieces by far!

Brass Pulls for Dresser

Confetti Wall-1-1

I would love for you to join me as I make over my office this year! Come learn how I did that fun confetti wall here. Thanks friends!

Here is another project that you might enjoy….

Kitchen Shelves