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How to paint furniture like a Pinterest pro

You bought all the paint and pinned all the pins to envision exactly how you want to look, but you still haven’t gotten to repainting that old dresser you’ve been meaning to tackle for the past six months. Why? Because you’re totally afraid you’ll screw it up.

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It’s true, repainting furniture is really scary — because once you start painting, it seems like you can’t turn back. The project doesn’t have to be so intimidating, though. DIY pro Diane Henkler helps us out by breaking down the process step-by-step.

10 Tips for repainting furniture
Image: Diane Henkler


  • Screwdriver
  • Minwax High Performance Wood Filler
  • Small spatula
  • Citristrip (paint and varnish remover) or another paint-stripping product
  • Fine grain 220-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Four-inch high-density foam roller
  • Purdy two-inch angled paint brush
  • KILZ Original interior oil primer
  • High-quality name brand latex paint in the finish you want for your furniture
  • Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic Protective Finish

Next up: Directions on how to get started

Originally published July 2014. Updated January 2017.

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