How-To: Multi-Striped Dresser

Follow these steps from HGTV Magazine to update your plain dresser with cheerful stripes, and better yet, this DIY can be done in just a day!

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Materials Needed:

  • screwdriver
  • 4" foam roller
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • delicate-surface painter’s tape
  • utility knife
  • 1" paintbrush
  • paper cups
  • paint (base color and stripe colors used above can be found in steps 1 and 4)

Step 1

Remove the drawers and unscrew the knobs. Use a small roller to paint the drawer fronts and the entire frame with one color of latex paint. Let dry, then slide the drawers back into the dresser. (Base color: Mantis Green by Benjamin Moore)

Step 2

Tape off your first stripe: To make sure it’s straight, use a measuring tape to make pencil marks every few inches, starting at the back of the dresser’s top and working down the front. Apply delicate-surface painter’s tape along those marks. Repeat with another piece of tape, running it parallel to the first piece. Use a utility knife to slice the tape between the drawers, pressing down the edges.

Step 3

Paint the first stripe with a brush. Peel off the tape while the paint is still wet. While the stripe dries, tape off and paint another one a few inches away.

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