Home Decor

Home Decor
Home Decor Ideas

Best Furniture Paint

Best Furniture Paint
Favorite Furniture Paint

BEST Furniture Makeovers

BEST Furniture Makeovers
Best Furniture Makeovers

How To Paint Wood Furniture With Pure & Original Paint

Painting wood furniture will breathe new life into your furniture! Painting wood furniture with Pure & Original paint will give your newly refinished furniture a lovely buttery smooth finish. It's so gorgeous and I'm going to show you why!

You've decided to paint an old piece of furniture.

You know exactly which piece of furniture you'd like to revamp but you're not exactly sure how to paint your furniture?

Or maybe you're searching the internet or browsing Pinterest to get some advice on the best places to find used furniture and gather some furniture painting inspiration before you get started.

Whatever the reason, we're sure glad that you're here! This painting furniture tutorial will hopefully answer some of your questions and inspire YOU to try something new!

how to paint a dresser, painting furniture, how to paint furniture, painted furniture, how to paint wood furniture, chalk paint furniture, furniture painting

Disclaimer: Pure & Original provided the products used to complete this labor of love. I supplied the elbow grease, rescued furniture, design concepts and opinions! All of which reflect my own point of view, regardless of affiliation. This post may contain affiliate links to products that I love and use every day. This means that I receive a small commission for purchases that are made through these links. Please read our full disclosure for more info. 


In this post, we're going to share with you how to paint an old dresser using Pure & Original Classico chalk-based paint

When you're finished reading this, you'll be armed with some step by step instructions on how to paint your own furniture using this amazing chalk based paint!

painting wood furniture, wood paint, furniture paint, chalk paint, pure and original, classico paint, best paint for wood furniture

pure and original, pure & original, furniture paint, best paint for furniture, painting wood furniture, chalk painted furniture

Painting Wood Furniture Supplies


#1 Remove hardware & clean your furniture before you paint. 

All furniture needs a cleaning. Some furniture might just need a simple wipe down, others will need a scrub- and you'll know which ones need the scrub! 

I like to use Murphy's Oil Soap for light furniture cleanings and TSP for those really filthy ones.

#2 Assess Your Piece of Furniture.

Does your piece of furniture have any unwanted holes, gouges, dents or dings? If you have holes, dents or dings in the piece you are painting but you're looking for more of a smooth finish, this is the time to take care of those. 

For minor repairs, I like to use DAP Wood Filler and this scraper tool to fill in those blemishes.

For larger repair areas, I always turn to Bondo for deep gouges and major repairs. If you've never used Bondo before, here's a short video tutorial that shows you how to use it.

If you want to embrace the natural wear and tear that already exists on your furniture, you can leave some of the dings and small dents and use those to your advantage when you go to naturally distress your furniture piece

I embraced the natural worn look for this buffet makeover and loved how it turned out!

before and after furniture, dresser makeover, painted dresser, chalk painted dresser, how to paint a dresser, painted dressers, painted dresser, painted bedroom dressers


#3 How do I know if I need to sand or prime my furniture?

In all my years of refinishing furniture, this is what I've come to know.  

While there are some furniture pieces that you can apply your chalk based paint to right after it's been cleaned and dried, there will be instances when you will want to sand, degloss and/or use a primer before you paint your furniture. (If you're using a latex based paint, always sand and prime first.)

Vacuum and use a tac cloth to easily collect all of the sanding residues once you're finished sanding.


  • If there's damage or chipping to the wood furniture. If you try and paint over those areas without sanding first, your new paint will chip off. 

  • If the surface top has scratches in it.

  • If I've applied wood filler.

  • If the furniture piece has a really glossy finish. Lightly sanding your furniture with medium-grit sandpaper will help reduce the sheen and give your paint something to grab onto. 

If your furniture piece already has a dull surface, Pure & Original Classico Chalk Based Paint can be applied directly to the freshly cleaned & dried furniture and you can skip the sanding step!


  • I use primer when I select a paint color that is a lot lighter than the original wood color. (This saves me money because I don't have to use as much Pure & Original paint.)

  • If I'm painting over a stain or wood with red undertones. The tannin in dark or red toned furniture can cause bleed through. 

  • If I'm painting a piece of furniture with a strong odor. Applying a primer or a shellac to your smelly furniture will help reduce the smell dramatically! 

best paint colors, best paint colors for furniture, chalk paint furniture, chalk paint colors, furniture paint, chalk paint, wood paint, where to buy pure and original paint

Pure & Original Paint Colors

#4 What kind of paint to use on wood furniture?

If you haven't been introduced to Pure & Original's Classico paint colors yet, jump right here and take a peek at them. It's a must! 

Pure & Original has such an amazing color palette.. there are so many pretty chalk-based paints to choose from, you're really going to fall in love!

One of the reasons I love to paint furniture with Pure & Original paint is because it leaves my furniture with such a buttery smooth finish. 

We recently cleaned, prepped and painted this 7 drawer Dixie dresser with Pure & Original Classico paint in Earth Stone.

You can see very few brush marks showing on this hand painted dresser. I attribute a lot of that to the quality of their paint! 

You can see it again here in these chalk painted nightstands I revamped using this gorgeous deep green hue from Pure & Original.

painting furniture, pure and original color chart, painting furniture ideas, painting wood furniture ideas, painted dresser

painted dresser, painted dresser ideas, painted dresser diy, how to paint dressers, chalk painted dressers, chalk painted furniture, painting furniture

best furniture paint for furniture, paint furniture, chalk paint, furniture paint, wood paint, best paint for furniture, chalk paint furniture

painted furniture ideas, painted furniture, furniture painting, painted bedroom furniture, grey painted dresser, grey painted furniture, grey painted furniture ideas, copper furniture hardware, painting furniture hardware copper


#5 Painting Furniture Instructions

Now that my dresser is cleaned and prepped, I'm ready to apply my paint! Here's my process for painting a dresser:

  • I like to start by elevating put my dressers up off the floor. I use scrap wood blocks, old cans of paint, etc. This ensures that I can see every inch of the bottom/feet of my dresser and I find that the added height makes it more comfortable for me to paint. If you'd like to elevate your dresser be sure to choose something that's solid and the same height, you can use whatever you want! Just know- paint will get on it. ;)

  • Next, I take out all of the drawers and label them. I like to use a pencil and write the position number on the bottom of each drawer. I have found that for some dressers it really doesn't matter which order you put the drawers back in and for others, it can quickly become an oversized puzzle. Old dressers can be finicky! Labeling solves that problem!

  • I usually start by painting the dresser base first. While that's drying, I move to the dresser drawers. I try not to load my paintbrush too heavy when painting the drawer fronts and I always double/triple check for drips before moving onto the next drawer.

After two coats of Pure & Original Classico paint, I had the desired coverage that I was looking for. I waited 24 hours before applying my top coat. 

Pure & Original offers Dead Flat Ecosealer and Italian Wax to two great top coat options!

Because the tops of dressers get things set down on them frequently, I like to apply a few protective coats to that area. (Wait the desired wait time between each application per the product directions.)

We paired Earth Stone Classico paint with this gorgeous copper hardware. The hardware was original to the dresser but the copper color wasn't! We updated the hardware using this!

diy ideas, diy painted dressers, painted dresser ideas, painting a dresser, painted dresser, painted dressers, how to paint a dresser, painted dresser ideas

painted dresser makeover, refinished dresser, painting furniture tutorial, sanding your furniture, how to prep furniture, painting dresser with chalk paint, chalk painted dresser, painting a dresser

how to paint furniture, painting furniture, furniture paint, painted furniture, chalk paint furniture, painting wood furniture, best paint for furniture, wood paint, furniture paint, paint for furniture

chalk paint, chalk painted furniture, chalk painted furniture ideas, grey chalk painted furniture, diy furniture, diy furniture projects, painted dresser ideas, painted dresser inspiration, pure and original paint, pure and original furniture

Isn't paint magical? One day you're looking at an outdated and ugly dresser and on another day, you've transformed it into something absolutely beautiful.

I hope this tutorial has been helpful for you! If you have any questions about how to paint wood furniture, please leave a comment and let me know.

If you enjoyed this article, please share it on Pinterest or Facebook. (This lets us know what kind of helpful resources and DIY furniture makeovers you'd like us to see in the future!)


You can explore our FREE Library of Furniture Tutorials here.

If you're not a subscriber yet, but you'd like to receive additional DIY, Furniture Painting Refinishing Tips & Tricks, sign up here to receive EXTRA furniture refinishing advice not found on our blog!

Take Care!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street

furniture painting, painted furniture, painting furniture tips, painted furniture ideas

how to paint a dresser, paint your own dresser, painting a dresser with chalk paint, painting a dresser, chalk paint dresser, grey dressers, grey painted dresser


  1. Stunning piece and I love the copper hardware!
    Thanks for sharing 😀

    1. Thank you, Cornelia! Copper is quickly becoming a new favorite!


  2. That EarthStone color is scrumptious! You've got me looking around my house to see what I can paint that color! Thanks for the info on P&O...wasn't familiar with them before.

    Have a great day.


    1. Isn't it such a great shade of grey!? You're going to fall in love with Pure & Original paint, Lynn! It really is fantastic! It makes the furniture painter look like a pro! :)

  3. Love this project! We are going to try and recreate it! Two questions, how much paint did you need for the whole dresser? Is 1 liter enough? And for the drawer pulls, how do you use that cool patina paint? Did you use their metal primer and their patina spray as well? Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Stephanie! 1 liter is plenty!! I used half a can of paint for this dresser so you'll have some left over for another project! I used the Copper patina paint to refresh the hardware. I didn't use the metal primer or patina spray. You only need to use the metal primer when you're using the patina spray. I linked to both products in my post. Hope that helps! If you have anymore questions, ask away! Take Care! Carrie

  4. Curious which Pure & Original top coat did you use on this makeover; Dead Flat Ecosealer or the Italian Wax?

    1. I used Dead Flat Ecosealer for the top coat. You can find it here!: https://rbeemster.postaffiliatepro.com/scripts/uuol1c?a_aid=39

  5. Can you tell me what name is that grey please