Dressed-Up Dresser Ideas From Readers

Think twice before you lug that old dresser to the dump.
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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

Give your dresser a dose of street style by replacing run-of-the-mill drawer pulls with sleek, modern house numbers.

In an Hour: Add: Building-Block Drawer Pulls

Sick of stepping on the tiny knives that are building blocks? Immobilize a few as playful, bold drawer pulls.

In an Hour: Customize Drawers With Decals

HGTV Magazine has a perfect dresser dress-up for dorm dwellers or indecisive decorators: easy-stick contact paper. Cut out a pattern with a paper punch, or find a chic pattern to cover the whole drawer front. When you're ready for a change, these designs peel off without leaving gunky residue.

Photo By: Philip Friedman

In an Hour: Use the Drawers

Not convinced your dresser is worth salvaging? Give the drawers a chance, at least. Use them to house craft supplies, your rubber-band collection or free-floating clutter.

In an Hour: Turn Drawers Into Shelves

Create art that doubles as storage and storage that doubles as art. Find a mini dresser and a few old black-and-white snapshots. Mount the drawers on the wall and tack a picture in each one using photo corners. Use the drawers as shelves, or hang earrings from looped pieces of wire.

In an Hour: Gain Instant Bathroom Storage

Here, mismatched vintage dresser drawers store the scourge of bathroom counters everywhere: makeup and hair products.

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Jen Jafarzadeh L'Italien

In an Hour: Turn Rubber Toys Into Drawer Pulls

Kids' room clutter is no match for T-Rex. Make cleaning up (a little) more fun for little hands with these toys-turned-drawer pulls. Have a little more time? Paint the dresser reptilian green to match.

In an Hour: Add Drawer Liners

Once you've decked out the dresser's exterior, don't forget inside those drawers. Line them with complementary shelf paper, wallpaper or contact paper.

In a Day: Add Paint + Vintage Pulls

This dresser has some serious personality, no? Design on a Dime host Casey Noble made it one-of-a-kind by painting one drawer front bright yellow and adding vintage pulls.

In a Day: Wrap It Up

Wrapping paper isn't just for gifts. Here, HGTV Magazine used a floral roll to transform this basic furniture piece. A stenciled monogram sends it into the uber-preppy zone.

Photo By: J. Aaron Greene

In a Day: Paint On Cheerful Stripes

Follow these steps from HGTV Magazine to update your plain dresser with cheerful stripes. Use up leftover paint from previous DIYs, or buy affordable sample-sized containers.

Photo By: J. Aaron Greene

In a Day: Give Your Dresser Retro Swagger

Use a patterned decal sheet and vintage-inspired knobs to create a retro-cool dresser like HGTV Magazine did here.

Photo By: J. Aaron Greene

In a Day: Wallpaper Your Dresser

Stylish wallpapers are making a huge comeback. Not ready for all that paste? Install a wallpaper you covet atop a basic modern dresser for a not-so-permanent dose of pattern.

In a Day: Outline Your Dresser

Any dresser looks modern with a silhouette of bright white. Here, HGTV Magazine editors stained the drawers and added white hardware to pull the look together.

Photo By: Lara Robby/Studio D

In a Day: Add a Chevron Pattern

There's a reason chevron mania is here to stay: This pattern packs a serious visual impact. See for yourself by creating your own pattern on a basic flat-front dresser.

In a Day: Make a Chest of Dirt

Dressers truly past their prime can find new life in the garden. Stagger the drawers and fill with herbs, greens or small flowers. The top is a great place to elevate potted plants.

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

In a Day: Turn a Dresser Into a Chalkboard

A coat of chalk paint turns an eyesore into an artist's canvas. Or, for the super-organizers among us, another way to label every single drawer. Use chalk pens to avoid smudging and dust.

In a Day: Turn a Dresser Into Open Storage

When revamping used furniture, imagination is key. A dresser with missing drawers might seem like trash, but if it still has shelves, it can be a treasure. Give it a fresh coat of paint and you've got a whimsical bureau for your boudoir.

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

A tall, basic dresser becomes a bohemian changing table with the addition of mismatched knobs and a cheery aqua hue.

In a Weekend: Turn a Dresser Into a Vanity

That dresser stashed in the garage can have a new life as a retrofitted bathroom vanity. Here's how to create your own.

In a Weekend: Turn a Dresser Into Open Storage

Put a fresh new spin on an old wooden dresser with open shelving, unexpected hardware and a playful use of color.

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