The How to Guide to staining a mid-century dresser.


I love a well built mid-century dresser. They can certainly make the perfect statement piece for virtually any space. I recently found one at an estate sale. It was in rough shape when I first bought it but I knew that it had major potential. It took me two days to revamp it and it looks pretty good if I do say so my self.

Here's what it looked like before...

I thought I would give you guys a few pointers just in case you ever decide to take on such a project. I will say, it is definitely a process that takes time. So if your a speedy type of gal, you may want to pass this project on. 

Here is what you will need:

  1. Electric sander

Electric sander

2. Rust-oleum Weathered Gray, Driftwood and Kona stain. These can be purchased at Lowes.

3. White high-gloss paint

4. Blue painters tape

5. Goggles

6. Gloves



Begin by removing all of the draws from the dresser. Then remove all of the handles and screws from the dresser. Wipe down the dresser with a damp cloth assuring that all cobwebs and dirt have been removed.


Now the fun part begins,  sand the dresser and draws down until all of the existing paint has been stripped. This will take some time to completed but it is a very essential step. Now that everything has been properly sanded down, wipe the dresser and draws with a damp cloth. Let everything sit overnight to assure that everything is dry.


Paint the outer layer of the dresser white or the color of your choice. You can use any white paint that you have. I used Benjamin Moore's Simply White Then, let everything dry.

Use a rag to start staining the cabinets. Take gentle strokes starting from left to right. Let everything sit for a few hours.

You can choose to use a polyurethane to seal and protect the dresser. I personally skipped this step. It has been several months since I painted the dresser and it is holding up pretty nicely.

I hope this was helpful!

Bye for now!