Last Updated on October 19, 2020 by Bryan Fiveash
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This project was featured as a participant in the Rust-Oleum Creator’s Studio Get Glittered Product Challenge. (It finished in 2nd place!)
Refinishing my daughter’s dresser has been a project that I’ve wanted to tackle for some time. So when Rust-Oleum asked if I wanted to participate in their Get Glittered Product Challenge, I said yes!
I had a choice of three colors: Sterling Silver, Harvest Gold, or Iridescent Clear, and I chose Sterling Silver. The paint itself is a clear color with silver glitter, so I needed to put down a coat of primer, along with a relatively matching base color first. You can also use a tinted primer.
Tools, Supplies, PPE, and Steps
Time needed: 5 hours.
How To Refinish a Dresser With Rust-Oleum Glitter Paint
- Remove the dresser drawer pulls.
- Sand the dresser and drawer fronts with an orbit sander.
- Apply primer.
- Apply a base color.
- Roll on the Rust-Oleum glitter paint.
- (Optional) Spray paint the drawer pulls.
- Install drawer pulls once paint is fully cured.
Prepping For Rust-Oleum Glitter Paint
You can follow along with my refinishing process in the photo slideshow above.
First I needed to remove the drawer pulls and sand the dresser all the way to the bare wood. For that, I used my Ryobi 5 in. random orbit sander.
The next step is paint: First, a coat of primer, then a base color that compliments the glitter. I already had a gallon of gray paint, so I used that as the base color.
While the dresser was drying, I used Rust-oleum American Accents satin Canyon Black spray paint for the drawer pulls. Before spraying, attach the pulls to a large piece of cardboard. This not only holds the pulls upright for easier painting, but the cardboard also catches any overspray, which means less mess.
Applying Rust-Oleum Glitter Paint
Applying the glitter paint can be tricky if not done correctly. I recommend watching the official Rust-Oleum video above before painting.
Once the glitter paint was dry, I attached the drawer pulls and put the drawers back in. My daughters loved that this was a relatively quick project; I think it took me 4-5 hours to complete.
The Rust-Oleum Glitter Paint makes a huge difference in the look of the dresser. Using glitter isn’t for every piece of furniture, but it’s perfect for my daughters!
Bryan is a husband of 17 years and a father of four. He worked in various construction trades in his younger years and more recently was a General Manager for a hand-forged iron furniture store and restaurant.
For several years he has worked full time on this blog and has partnered with various brands including The Home Depot, QUIKRETE, Ryobi, Sinkology, Rust-Oleum, Wagner, BEHR, Disney, Best Buy, and many more.