Painting your furniture is easier and more affordable than you think! Here's an easy dresser makeover from us that you can do in two days!


Lignocolor story began in the garage of a family house. Thanks to the experience of its professional employees, Lignocolor today combines more than 40 years of accumulated knowledge about the the development of easy to use, affordable, top quality DIY paint products. Our eco-friendly, water based products are coordinated and can therefore be perfectly combined with each other resulting beautiful finishes.

So how we recommend to refurbish your dresser with Lignocolor?


Sanding is not necessary if you already have a smooth surface. Smooth surface = smooth finish. 😊 We usually only sand the top using our orbital sander with a 40, then 120 then at the end a 240 grit sanding paper.


After we had removed the hardware, we clean them with sugar soap and water. Sometimes we simply spray paint them in black colour with a product called ‘White Knight’ from Bunnings.


Cleaning is a very important step as water based products (not only Lignocolor) need a clean, grease-, wax-, dust- and silicon free surface. We use sugar soap and water 💦 and thoroughly clean our furniture.


Priming is not necessary, however highly recommended especially if you paint with light colour as we did now using our #weiss shade. We use our 2in1 stain blocker & primer and usually apply 2 coats. Restoration professionals traditionally have relied on a 50 years old technology. They have been using a shellac-based primers. It is popular due to its white pigments, but has extremely high, harmful VOC level ( max. 550g/l!) but has a horrid smell, you need some toxic to clean up your brushes and some people find its application very hard. Now, thanks to Lignocolor Gmbh‘s innovative German breakthrough technology, there’s an effective, eco-friendly alternative.

Our easy to use, eco-friendly Lignocolor 2in1 stain blocker & primer features a unique water-based “dual blocking” technology that offers better performance than a shellac-based primer, including the ability to block the most severe stains and tannins, protecting you from bleed throughs. This stain blocker not only physically separates pigments in your paint from tannins in your furniture (this is how shellac-based primers work) but also binds tannins to the surface of the wood ensuring they can’t interact with and discolour pigments.


It offers the benefits of a water-based formula, including easy cleanup (simply wash up your brush under the tap), fast drying time and very low, close to zero odor. (It also offers excellent adhesion to all surfaces including slick, glossy surfaces like ceramic tile, metal, laminate, veneer, glass.)


We have to apply 3-4 coats when we laint with our crusp white #weiss cour, but you can easily end up painting 5-6 coats (!) so this is our advice how to minimise the number of coats:

- it is very important to use a quality paint brush that holds lot of paint. If you want to use Lignocolor brushes, I would kindly recommend you our Lignocolor chalk round (40mm or 50mm) brushes or our top quality GREEN round 50mm premium brushes.

- cover the surface with paint using thick coats! Don’t worry about the thickness of the paint: it will perfectly adhere to the surface and the brush marks will disappear after the second coat.

- don’t push hard your brush to the surface while painting. Be gentle with your brush, let the paint go on easily. Again, the paint will absolutely adhere to the surface. If you push down your brush too hard, you won’t be able to apply thick coats.

- you can spritz the tip of the paint brush and go over the surface very gently AFTER each coats. It will help you minimise the brush strokes.

- coats need to be completely dried before you apply the next coat. The more coats you apply, the more time the paint needs to dry. These products dry fast, but they also need some time to completely dry.

Get a spray bottle filled with water. Water based products can easily be watered down and it helps you in some situations.


Sanding. We use ‘Fine’ grit Uni-Pro sanding pads before applying the top coat. You can sand between coats to reduce brush strokes but we didn’t find it necessary. Paint will adhere very well to the surface, not easy to scratch it off after it has completely dried, but be gentle on edges and in corners. A light sand will do after your last coat in most situation.


In order to get a water repellent top coat, our chalk based paint needs to be sealed. You can seal it with lacquer (our top quality, affordable Extra matt Lignocolor Shabby lacquer has extremely well viscosity so application is really easy, while we usually spritz the surface our tip of our flat brushes with water before we apply our Matt lacquer) or wax. If you seal it with lacquer, you can give a light sand between the second and third (final) coat to get a really smooth finish, howeve applying 2 coats of any of our lacquers can result a desired finish.

If you like the whitewash finish of this dresser, you will find more info about how easy is to ach it using Lignocolor product, or you can subscribe our Lignocolor Australia YouTube channel and watch the short video about this finish:


Hope I was able to provide you more information about Lignocolor products and assist you in your buying decision. Please feel free to contact us anytime. Thank you,

Kind regards,


Lignocolor Australia

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