Dressed-Up Dresser Ideas From Readers

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Banish brown and boring dressers from your bedroom. Take inspiration from these creative HGTV fans who sanded, painted and repurposed their chests of drawers into custom one-of-a-kind pieces. 

We’re loving the trend of colorful custom furniture to add fun and personality to a room. I feel like we all have a piece like this one from @Heather_Hill5 taking up space in a garage. Her finished gray dresser is another example of how far a coat of paint and new knobs can go in reviving a piece of furniture that would otherwise go unnoticed. 

Logan from @thestylishpeach shares the details of this mid-century modern makeover on her blog. In her case, the original dresser had too many scratches and stains for it to work as-is. A few smart and trendy choices make this piece look like it came straight from a fancy furniture show room. 

Ombre is a trend that’s still making the rounds on window treatments, decorative art and focal walls. We especially love it on the drawers of a dresser, seen below in a lovely blue-gray hue by @beautymark_furniture.  Want to make your own ombre dresser? We’ll show you how

This coral dresser stopped me in my tracks. Card catalog drawer pulls seem to be having a moment, and it’s no wonder. Not only can they help keep you organized if you choose to use labels, but they instantly give any piece of furniture a sense of librarian sophistication, don’t you think? And in weathered brass, @thirtyeighthstreet must be after our hearts. 

I once painted my entire bedroom in a shade of deep blue similar to the one on this dresser, made over by @wifeinprogress. Even though it’s a cool blue tone, the room felt so warm and cozy. I imagine this dresser in a room adds the same feeling, and the hot pink flowers on top are a happy pop of color.

If you’re designing around a theme, a custom paint job can make any piece suddenly work in a space. For a comic book-themed room, paint a favorite super hero emblem on the dresser. A baseball-themed dresser is a home run in a game room or kids’ room and @vintagebirchdesigns makes it look so easy to do. 

This French provincial chest of drawers gets a modern face lift with a coat of black paint in a glossy finish. Suddenly the ornate brass drawer pulls look fresh instead of dated. Thanks for sharing, @freshandvintageliving

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In an Hour: Add House Number Drawer Pulls

In an Hour: Add: Building-Block Drawer Pulls

In an Hour: Customize Drawers With Decals

Photo By: Philip Friedman

In an Hour: Use the Drawers

In an Hour: Turn Drawers Into Shelves

In an Hour: Gain Instant Bathroom Storage

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Jen Jafarzadeh L'Italien

In an Hour: Turn Rubber Toys Into Drawer Pulls

In an Hour: Add Drawer Liners

In a Day: Add Paint + Vintage Pulls

In a Day: Wrap It Up

Photo By: J. Aaron Greene

In a Day: Paint On Cheerful Stripes

Photo By: J. Aaron Greene

In a Day: Give Your Dresser Retro Swagger

Photo By: J. Aaron Greene

In a Day: Wallpaper Your Dresser

In a Day: Outline Your Dresser

Photo By: Lara Robby/Studio D

In a Day: Add a Chevron Pattern

In a Day: Make a Chest of Dirt

Photo By: DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

In a Day: Turn a Dresser Into a Chalkboard

In a Day: Turn a Dresser Into Open Storage

In a Day: Turn a Tall Dresser Into a Changing Table

In a Weekend: Turn a Dresser Into a Vanity

In a Weekend: Turn a Dresser Into Open Storage

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