Yellow Painted Dresser

My friend Jessica got this old dresser from a junk store in downtown Indy.   Unfortunately they didn’t have all the hardware so she had to purchase some.   Plus it was in pretty rough shape.   I know I catch flack from some of you when I paint vintage furniture but when it isn’t in great shape refinishing is a daunting task.   And when you want a yellow dresser, you paint!


 It started out needing some love — knobless, chipping and cracking.   The drawers are curvy and it is such a fun piece of furniture with great detail.   I knew a little yellow paint with distressing would make this piece POP!


I have seen some dirty furniture in my life – but this took the cake.   I am guessing this was stored in a garage or barn.



Sun Safari Dutch Boy Paint

Paint stripper

metal scraper

Various grits of sandpaper

electric sander

Home Right Command Max Paint Sprayer

Wood Filler

Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape and Film

1.   I decide to strip the top because no amount of washing was getting the skank off the top.   So I poured a thick coat of stripper on it and used a metal scraper to scrap the finish off.   I filled all the cracks with wood filler. Then I sanded the entire piece down smooth with various grits of sandpaper.

sanding dresser drawers


2.   Once it was prepped I thinned some Dutch Boy Sun Safari paint and loaded it into my paint sprayer (I am giving away 3 this Friday!).   We also taped off the drawers with some Scotch Blue Tape with Film.   Then I gave it two light coats (drying in between).



3.   I let it dry a full 24 hours and then used an 80 grit sandpaper to distress it.



4.   I attached the new hardware and gave it back to Jessica to take occupancy in her master bedroom.

distressed yellow painted dresser

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And because everybody loves and good before and after picture…


I love how Jessica styled it with the black and white photos of her kids.   It is the perfect contrast with the bright yellow dresser.   So what do you think?   Love yellow or hate it?

If you love the vibrant pop of painted furniture check out this coral painted dresser here.