Painting Furniture Without Sanding or Priming

Today I’m sharing another 1-day makeover, this one is SUPER simple, anyone can do it. Here’s to painting furniture without sanding or priming… and the paint still sticks fantastically.  

Get to know more about Heirloom Traditions Paint here.

Tall wood dresser before getting painted

This dresser was in great condition, to begin with. With no scratches to fill or anything like that.

If you’re looking for more ideas for painting furniture, here are more Painted Dresser Ideas!

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Supplies Used for Painting Furniture Without Sanding or Priming

Step 1: Remove hardware

First, I removed the drawer pulls with my handy dandy electric screwdriver and set them aside.

Learn How to Change Hardware on a Dresser if you’re looking to update old hardware.

Step 2: Clean

Then I cleaned the dresser with Krud Kutter and an old damp rag.

Read this post to learn more about How to Clean Furniture Before Painting.

What to Clean With

Krud Kutter does a great job at cutting through oils, and grime, so it’s my favorite cleaner.

But you can use dish soap and warm water instead.

Cleaning a wood dresser

Heirloom Traditions Paint recommends using their Deglosser that deglosses and cleans.

The goal here is to just remove any oils, dust, or grime on the surface since they get in the way of letting the paint adhere well.

Learn more about how to prepare furniture before painting here!

How to Remove Drawers from a Dresser

As I was cleaning, I removed the drawers.

These ones in particular needed a quick and kind of hard pull to get them to come off the tracks.

Lay Down Protection

I laid down a moving blanket to protect my floor, and then I was ready to paint.

Step 3: Paint

For this project, I used Heirloom Traditions Paint in the color Oyster.

Curious how Heirloom Traditions Paint compares with Beyond Paint? Learn about Beyond Paint VS Heirloom Traditions Paint here.

Heirloom Traditions Paint in the color Oyster

What Is All in One Paint?

This paint is an all-in-one paint that doesn’t need a primer or scuff sanding to make the paint stick, and it doesn’t need a topcoat.

Learn more about the best paint for furniture without sanding here.

Also, check out this Fusion Mineral Paint VS Heirloom Traditions Paint comparison to learn more.

How to Paint Heirloom Traditions Paint

You can spray it, brush it, roll it, or do a combo of brushing and rolling. Whatever floats your boat.

Check out this guide for Painting Furniture with Heirloom Traditions Paint.

This time, I tried the roller and brush combo.

See How to Spray All in One Paint here.

So I bought this brush and roller set from Heirloom Traditions. It included a little paint tray which is cool.

TIP! I want to reuse it in the future, so I lined it with some tin foil, so I don’t have to clean it up afterward.

Pouring Heirloom Traditions Paint into a paint tray lined with tin foil

And then I mixed up the paint and poured some into the tray.

First Coat of Paint

It took me a few minutes to get a hang of it, but I basically brushed on the paint with the paintbrush, and then I rolled over it with the foam roller.

Check out the best paint brush for painting furniture and the best roller for painting furniture.

  • This paint dries pretty quickly, even though it was only in the 60s, so I worked in small sections.
  • It seemed to work the best when I brushed on a thinner amount of paint, and then quickly went back over it with a drier roller.
  • I tried not to push too hard, so I wouldn’t leave lines from the roller’s edge.
  • And if there were little bubbles, I tried to roll them out.
Rolling paint with a paint roller onto a dresser

This technique definitely leaves some texture behind, which isn’t a bad thing, especially if you’re a beginner, or if you don’t mind some roller texture.

But if you do prefer a brush-free finish, learn How to Paint Furniture Without Brush Marks here.

Wrap Brush and Tray Between Coats

After the 1st coat of paint, I wrapped everything up with some tin foil to keep it from drying out before the next coat.

After the 1st Coat of Paint

Here’s what the 1st coat looked like when it was dry.

Drawer front after 1st coat of paint

It felt pretty smooth on the sides of the dresser.

But it was rough on the drawer fronts since they were laying flat and it was kind of windy outside.

There were some larger spots of texture that I didn’t care for.

For a texture-free look, learn how to use Heirlooms Traditions Paint in a paint sprayer in this blog post about Painting Furniture Black.

Sanding a painted drawer front with 220 grit sandpaper

Sand Texture (Optional)

So I lightly sanded the paint with 220 grit sandpaper to remove those. This part is totally optional and personal preference.

After I got rid of the rough texture, I cleaned the dust off with a tack cloth.

Learn more about Sandpaper for Furniture Painting.

How Durable is Heirloom Traditions All in One Paint?

Real quick, before moving on, I scratched at the paint so you can see how well it sticks.

I scratched pretty hard, and this was only a few hours after the 1st coat had been painted.

It scratched a tiny bit, which is honestly pretty good after only letting it dry for about 3 hours.  

Scratched paint

Second Coat of Paint

So, I painted the second coat.

This time I feel like the paint dried faster and my brush kind of drug across the surface instead of gliding like the first coat.

But, it worked out just fine.

What Does Heirloom Traditions Paint Stick To?

So, this paint says it will stick to wood, laminate, masonry, leather and vinyl, smooth fabrics, ceramic glass, and metal.

It also is UV and water-resistant.

See our Heirloom Traditions Paint Review and durability test on laminate here!

I personally have painted slick laminate without sanding or priming beforehand, and after 48 hours, it didn’t scratch off at all!

Third Coat of Paint

I didn’t feel like there was full coverage after 2 coats though, so I ended up with 3 coats total.

But with 2 hours of dry time between each coat, and me running some errands while the paint dried, I still got it all the way painted between 8 am and 5 pm.

Painting a third coat of Heirloom Traditions Paint on a dresser


After painting, I cleaned the brush and roller with warm soapy water.

And, I just threw away the tin foil from the tray.

It took about 5 minutes to clean up, and now I can use them all in the future.

Here are the best Furniture Painting Tools And Supplies to help make your painted furniture also look its best!

Step 4: Attach Hardware

I debated getting new hardware or painting the old hardware, but I wanted this to be a quick, easy and cheap makeover, so I just put the old hardware back on.

Learn How to Clean Old Furniture Hardware to make it look new again.

It’s not my favorite, but I think it works.


And here’s what it looks like now.

Here are more Heirloom Traditions Paint Before and Afters to be inspired by!

Dresser after painting without sanding or priming
Closer view of cream painted drawers and old hardware
Tall dresser painted with Heirloom Traditions Paint in the color Oyster

Not too bad for what, about $60 worth of supplies?

Here is another way to paint furniture grey without sanding or priming!

If you get up close, you can definitely see the texture and you can feel it slightly.

It’s not my favorite… maybe I’m doing something wrong haha.

But when you take a couple of steps back, you can’t even see the texture. So that’s awesome.

It does create a perfect, texture-free finish when I spray it… if you have a sprayer.

Learn how to Paint Furniture with a Sprayer for that texture-free look and here are the Best HVLP Paint Sprayers for Furniture.

I’m curious though, do you hate texture or would you rather it instead of brush marks?

Painting Furniture Without Sanding or Priming

Cream dresser painted in one day without sanding or priming

Anyone can do this simple makeover. Learn how you can start painting furniture without sanding or priming here.


  1. Remove the hardware with a screwdriver.
  2. Clean the furniture with Krud Kutter and an old damp rag.
  3. Paint 3 coats of paint. Brush on the paint, then go over it with the foam roller.
  4. Let the paint dry.
  5. Attach the old hardware.

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  1. Since I didn’t sand it, the original finish wasn’t distrupted, so it was way less likely to bleed. Prime with a stain blocking primer (shellac) to stop that.

  2. I enjoy your comments on the paint…. It’s one area I’m still on sure about, and the information you provided is very helpful . I have an unusual table that can be converted from coffee table, up to a small dining table… with a laminate top … I’m afraid I’ll muck it up…. This paint might be my answer…

  3. This was the perfect DIY yet, exactly what I want to do with my daughters dresser.
    Is the color you used, Oyster, more gray than white?

    1. Oh awesome! Yeah it’s more of a taupe, creamy gray. I wouldn’t consider it white.
      Hope that helps!

  4. Kim Morales says:

    I am a hair stylist by trade for the past 33 years, my kids are grown and I’m looking for my second act. I have faux painted back in the day as a side hustle and have always had a need to feed my creative nature. I so want to try my had at flipping furniture, I am collecting tools and materials but I am so worried no one will purchase the finished projects😫how and where did you start selling your first flips?
    Also, thank you, you have been a real inspiration for me and the information you share is priceless.💕

    1. Welcome to the world of furniture painting!
      You just have to start. Did you grab my pricing guide? I have some great tips on there! Free Pricing Guide is here if you didn’t get it yet.

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