Three Drawer Dresser Painted General Finishes Lamp Black

Today I am sharing the second dresser that I painted with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint.

GF Lamp Black is such a pretty black and a really easy product to use. It only took two coats for complete coverage and the paint goes on smooth and levels really well. Later I will share the three large pieces that I painted with one can. I tried to get the GF Top Coat but after a 45 minute drive each way, the supplier I normally buy from was out of Top Coat and Lamp Black. Lesson to self: call ahead! I was disappointed but ended up using Varathane poly in satin.

This three drawer pine dresser was part of my original bedroom set that I bought when I was 19. It is a well built solid wood piece with dovetail drawers. 

Eventually the dresser ended up in our oldest son's room (keeping it real with the cattle brochures and junk on top before he changed bedrooms.) The finish was well worn with lots of knicks and scratches so I didn't feel bad painting the wood finish.

Our previous night stands in our bedroom were too short for our high bed so I am using this small dresser as a night table. I am really enjoying it's new look and all the extra storage space. I chose not to distress it at this time but I will probably change out the porcelain knobs.

I still have the double cannonball bed and a night table that are part of this set and they will be going in our guest room after I paint. If I end up finding a matched set with the right dimensions, this dresser will return to the guest room. We had a 3 way room switch recently (oldest son to basement bedroom, youngest son to oldest son's room, and guest bedroom from basement to youngest son's room. Confused lol?) 

I shared the other dresser I painted GF Lamp Black for our room. Yesterday I patched the walls and I will be painting soon. I was going to make a white denim slipcover for the headboard but now I am considering making a wood headboard. Baby steps, and we really need new flooring, but it is coming along.

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  1. I love your simple solution! The black is so striking and perfect for the shape of the piece! I have a tall Federal period repro chest I am dying to paint... I want to make it CREAM!! Maybe I'll get the courage to DO it! Your room switches sound familiar too!! Our old house in Maryland had the kitchen in three places at different times---NOT kidding!

  2. I really like dresser painted black. And........... (my opinion) the porcelain knobs look great! I wouldn't change them.

  3. That dresser is a great piece and it looks fantastic with the new black paint. Love classic pieces like that which can be moved from room to room. Have a great weekend!

  4. What an amazing transformation! Well done! Thank you for the lovely inspiration. Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. This is a very nice finish and color on your chest of drawers! I agree...it makes a terrific night stand.
    Mary Alice

  6. Elizabeth,
    What a beautiful makeover...I LOVE it! Thank you for sharing it here at my party.


  7. I love how this turned out! Great work! The white knobs are the perfect contrast to the milk paint you chose. I have an old dresser I would love to paint this color for an entertainment center in our basement. Thank you for the color inspiration!


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