How to Make A DIY Refinished Farmhouse Dresser

Do not throw away that old dresser just yet. There is an easy way to upcycle or refinish it to give it a brand new look.

This method uses the simple tools you can find around the home to refinish the farmhouse dresser.

Let us go through the process.

Tools Required for the DIY Project

• A 220-grit sandpaper
• Krud Kutter prepaint cleaner
• Clean rags
• Paintbrush
• General finishes flat out topcoat
• Paint in your desired colour
• A screwdriver or a hammer
• Nails and screws
• High performance to coat
• Minwax staining paint

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Procedure for Refinishing the Farmhouse Dresser

Clean the Dresser

Before carrying out any process, it is important that you clean the hardware well.

We recommend that you use your dishwasher soaps and water to clean the piece of furniture.

You may need to scrub the corners around the handles and the bottom to remove huge dirt deposits.

If there are drawers, joints or sides that are broken, you need to fix them before prepainting them so that they have a uniform look.

Check the hinges, latches and handles to determine those that need repair.

Use a Prepaint

The choice of Krud Kutter prepaint is informed by the fact that you do not need to rinse the furniture before painting it.

It also does a great deal of removing dirt from a very dirty dresser.

After cleaning the dresser with the water, wipe it dry with a dry cloth before applying the prepaint. A single layer of the prepaint will do this with ease.

Sanding the Surface

You do not have to sand the surface of the dresser.

Otherwise, you may want to sad any edges that are chopped or heavily discoloured. You should do the sanding before prepainting the dresser.

This allows you to clean the surface and prepaint it before the actual painting process.

The Painting Process

Once you are done sanding and prepainting, it is time to paint! We recommend the old-fashioned milk paint or high gloss enamel.

Milk paints do not come in liquid form like the typical ones. They must be mixed with water beforehand.

Creating the paint is an easy process that requires a plastic cup and fork to ensure a thick consistency.

If you do not have a plastic jar, a glass and your regular fork are good choices, as they are environmentally friendly.

If you use the milk paint, mix the powder with water at a ratio of 1:1.

Start by measuring the powder and adding water a little at a time until you get the right consistency.

Stir with a fork until the lumps of powder in the paint are fully dissolved into the liquid. Add some powder if the solution is too runny.

When you use milk paint on the old furniture, add a bonding agent to enhance adherence to the old finish.

It also prevents the paint from flaking off after some time.

However, if you wish to create a great, rustic, chippy look, you may avoid the bonding agent.

On the other hand, if you wish to use any other type of paint, you will need a primer.

The first coat does not look great, as it is thin and streaky. However, a second coat will give the dresser a good look.

If you use the high-gloss enamel paint, start with the primer and let it dry before applying a second coat.

You may need to add another coat to give it a perfect, smooth look.


Once the paint job is done and dried, you need to seal the furniture to keep it looking great for a long period.

Two to three coats of a good finisher like the Flat Out Flat Topcoat would do the job.

Water-based paints require a good sealer as you cannot wipe away any marks or streaks on the surface.

You may give the top of the dresser a new look by staining it with Minwax.

You can also use the stainer on other parts of the dresser to give it a unique look.

Replacing Handles and Locks

If the locks, latches and handles are damaged, you may need to replace them. You need a screwdriver to get the job done.

However, if they are working right and you need to retain the vintage look, retain the old accessories.

How To Make A DIY Refinished Farmhouse Dresser

You can refinish your Farmhouse dresser by giving it a coat of paint.

The process is easy to carry out and does not require any technical knowledge. Here are the steps to take.

1. Clean and repair the dresser
2. Prepaint the dresser
3. Sand any damaged and chipped edges
4. Paint the piece of furniture
5. Seal the piece of furniture
6. Replace the handles, latches and other accessories

Get creative by choosing a preferred paint colour or matching it with the surrounding. Also, give the paint time to dry before repainting it.