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How to Lighten up a Dresser with Sunny Maize Paint

Lighten up a dark dresser with white gesso and sunny maize paint.

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too dark dresser refurbished
  • Time


  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Remove the Hardware

  • Remove hardware and place in a bucket filled with brass cleaner.

  • Sand and wipe down the dresser.

  • Tape off sides of each dresser drawer to ensure clean, straight lines.

    tape off sides of each dresser drawer

Step 2: Mix the Gesso and HC-5 Weston Flax

  • Mix white gesso with HC-5 Weston Flax and brush on using foam brushes (Images 1 and 2). Let dry.

  • Lightly sand to remove brush marks. Using tack cloth, wipe the dresser clean.

  • Step 3: Paint the Upper Section

  • Paint upper section with foam brushes in HC-5 Weston Flax in pearl finish. Let dry. Recoat if necessary.

    paint upper section in pearl finish
  • Step 4: Paint the Lower Section

  • Tape off top half for a perfectly clean line.

  • Paint lower section in same way using 200 Westminster Gold.

    paint lower section in 200 westminster gold pearl
  • Step 5: Reattach the Hardware

  • Remove hardware from brass cleaner. Rinse, dry and reattach.
  • Paint colors:
    Benjamin Moore's HC-5 Weston Flax-Pearl
    Benjamin Moore's 200 Westminster Gold-Pearl

    too dark dresser refurbished