For your first painted furniture project try this basic paint finish for furniture This chest of drawers paint makeover is about as basic as you can get. The wood chest of drawers has no furniture pulls or fancy details. It’s getting a paint job and that’s it.
I selected a rich gray for the chest of drawers project. It’s a neutral color and works well for either masculine or feminine rooms. The color is pretty for a nursery too.
The chest is on the smallish side and there are no knobs with rough edges so it would be perfect in a kids room. The gray can be paired with pink for a girl or navy for a boy.
I bought the chest of drawers at the Southern Kentucky Flea Market in Guthrie. The price was $40. Not bad these days where prices for used furniture is soaring. The chest just needed a little work before the painting could begin.
There were a few water rings on the top and the drawer bottoms had some discolored areas.
I was in the process of cleaning the chest when I noticed several of the drawer glides were loose. One of them actually fell to the floor when I pulled the drawer out.
I used my handy dandy favorite power tool to nail the glides back on the furniture casing.
The back of the chest had pulled away in a few places so I took care of that too.
The paint is Beyond Paint an all-in-one primer, paint, and sealer. No waxing required. This paint is great for cabinets too. Beyond Paint is one of my go to paints. You guys know I use latex paint, chalk finish type paint, and other types of paints too. Being restricted to one brand or one type of paint is not for me. (find Beyond Paint on Amazon here, affiliate link)
I like the cutout wood handles but I sure miss pretty drawer pulls. Pulls and knobs are jewelry for furniture. How about the pretty feet……simple curves.
The Beyond Paint has a soft sheen kind-of like eggshell.
I didn’t plan for the chest to be one color. I pulled out my FolkArt Layering Block, put a bit of off-white paint on it and ran it along the edge of the top drawer.
I wasn’t impressed with the look but I went ahead and applied a bit of white paint around the drawer handles. Not feeling it.
I wiped the white paint off and then had to touch up the gray. Basic gray paint with no frills or fuss is just what the simple chest needed.
I painted a large dresser 2 years ago with Beyond Paint and added white and silver metallic knobs to complete the look. At the time I made a video of the paint process. You can see it below….
Beyond Paint Video Tutorial
Is the look toobasic for you guys or do you like the smooth clean paint finish? Let me know. As always, thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com