Home » blog » The Easy Way to Paint a Dresser Mint without Sanding

The Easy Way to Paint a Dresser Mint without Sanding


Paint a dresser without sanding or priming in three easy steps with this step by step tutorial and one of my favorite paints for furniture.

Hey hey!  We have come to the end of the month and the 5th post for The New Year New Room Refresh hosted by Casa Watkins Living.  Due to illness and delayed products with some of our bloggers, we’ve decided to postpone the grand reveal to next week.  Which you means you get to see more awesome decorating tips and DIYs! 

How to paint a dresser without sanding or priming it!

I’ve been working on my daughter’s boho vintage bedroom and finished up an awesome painted dresser makeover with mint and gold paint and the best part is I didn’t have to sand or prime first.  You may be wondering what kind of paint you can use on furniture without sanding?  Scroll down my friend and I’ll let you in on the secret.

Painted Dresser Without Sanding
Dresser makeover

*This post is sponsored by some wonderful companies.  As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting brands that help make this blog possible. 

Week 1: Vintage Boho Girls Room Inspiration  | Week 2:  An Ikea Hack for Chic Storage | Week 3:  Decorating with Boho Vintage Accessories | Week 4: How to use Wallpaper, Paint, and Trim All in One Room | Week 5: A Dresser Makeover without Sanding  | Week 6:  Boho Vintage Girl’s Bedroom Reveal 

Paint a Dresser without sanding For Girls Room
Mint dresser with a gold bee.

If you are new here, howdy! I’m a retired military spouse who moved back to Texas after being gone for 19 years.

I perfected the art of rental decorating and overcoming challenges in small spaces for over fifteen years but now am tackling homeownership with a new set of challenges!

Our family of four lived in some of the most beautiful coastal towns in the US and Japan which have influenced my colorful and global style with DIYs and furnishings in our one-story 60’s ranch-style home in Fort Worth.

Mint and Gold Dresser Makeover

Velvet Finishes Cosmopolitan Dresser
Velvet Finishes Cosmopolitan Color

I love finding shortcuts when it comes to painting.  It’s important to use the right steps to get a paint job that will last but it helps to find a product that makes it easy peasy!   This is why I’m thrilled to be working with Velvet Finishes again.   (Check out how I transformed a simple storage cube for last year’s New Year New Room Refresh!)

Girls Dresser Monogram
Dresser before refresh.

Let me remind you what the dresser looked like before. 

After I changed my daughter’s changing table to a dresser when she was much smaller, I gave it a facelift with green paint, initials, gold leaf, and vintage pulls.  But after 7 years, we were ready for a change, and with the new room design, it desperately needed some love.

The best paint for furniture without sanding applied in three simple steps:

  1.  First is READY.  You spray it on and wipe it off to remove any glossy finish.
  2. Paint 2 light coats of COLOUR.  (This paint dries fairly quickly.)  I used Cosmopolitan on the dresser makeover.
  3. Use PROTECT as a top coat.  I love this step!  Usually I wait a week for paint to completely cure but with this product,  I’m able to place decorative accessories on top right away.
Mint Green Dresser With Gold
Gold bee detail on a mint dresser.

Add embellishment with a stencil and gold paint:

Since we covered up my daughter’s initials on the middle drawer,  I decided to add a different embellishment with a stencil I used for her DIY clipboard art display.

  • Tape your stencil in place and have a stencil brush and gold craft paint ready.
Mint And Gold Painted Dresser Diy
Stencil an embellishment on your furniture!
  • Dip your dry brush tip into the paint and dab off excess paint.
  • Use a stifle motion and dab it on top of the stencil, holding the brush straight up and dow so the brush head is flat against the surface.
Stencil Bee Gold Paint On Mint Dresser
Close up of bee stencil.
  • Use less paint and add multiple layers until desired coverage is completed.
Paint A Dresser Without Sanding
Mint green dresser on blue wallpaper.
Diy Dresser Makeover Ideas
Girl’s mint and gold dresser.

It’s the perfect touch and oh my goodness, doesn’t that paint color look amazing with the Milton and King wallpaper and chair molding I shared last week

I also added the Mitzi lamp by Hudson Valley Lighting Group and hung a couple of pictures framed by Art to Frame.   It really makes this side of the room!

Mint Dresser Bird Wallpaper Art Lamp
Dresser with small gallery wall.

If you are looking for more tips on painting furniture and whether or not you should even touch an antique or family heirloom with paint, I answered all of those questions when I gave my grandmother’s french provincial dresser a refresh.

Paint A Dresser Without Sanding
Mint dresser and MCM lamp.

I can’t wait to show you the rest of the room next week.  It’s so nice to have a space completely done in our house.  I’m hoping to get two more major room makeovers this year.   I’m sure I’ll find inspiration with the rest of the talented ladies participating in this challenge!  Scroll down and let’s go check out their updates.

Nynrr Sponsors
NYNRR Sponsors

Milton and King | Hudson Valley Lighting Group | Velvet Finishes | boho luxe home | Art to Frames Loom Decor | Home Dynamix


  • Update IKEA Kallax Bookcase with DIY base and inserts
  • Add chair rail
  • Paint the wall above chair rail
  • Paint the ceiling
  • Sand the wall and install wallpaper
  • Paint dresser and update hardware
  • Bring in new bed and refresh bedding
  • Install new curtain rod
  • Hem curtains and hang
  • Finish up with boho and vintage touches/styling
  • Paint fan blades (new to-do!)

(That feels good!)

Nynr Participants
NYNRR Participants

Casa Watkins Living // Domicile 37 // House Homemade // Iris Nacole // Monica Wants It //

Jeweled Interiors // Pocketful of Posies // This Is Our Bliss // Up To Date Interiors

If you liked this post you will also love making over a cabinet with paint and removable wallpaper!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *