How-To: Monogrammed Decoupage Dresser

Have some free time this weekend? Follow these steps from HGTV Magazine to update your plain dresser to a preppy look with florals and a monogram.

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Materials Needed:

  • screwdriver
  • two 1 1/2" paintbrushes
  • scissors
  • 4" foam roller or a large sponge brush
  • old credit card
  • delicate-surface painter’s tape
  • small nail or pushpin
  • primer (such as Fresh Start by Benjamin Moore)
  • decoupage glue: (such as Matte Mod Podge, plaidonline.com)
  • paper (such Zinnia wrapping paper, paper-source.com)
  • stencil (such as Custom letter stencil, tpm.com)
  • paint (such as Graphite by Benjamin Moore)
  • knobs (such as Pastille silvered mirror knobs, anthropologie.com)

Step 1

Remove the drawers and unscrew the knobs. If your dresser is unfinished, prime the frame and drawer fronts (otherwise the raw wood will soak up too much decoupage glue). Let dry.

Step 2

Cut the paper — we used two rolls of wrapping paper — into various strips and squares.

Step 3

Roll or brush Mod Podge matte finish onto the dresser frame and the back of the paper, working with one piece at a time. Stick the paper to the frame, overlapping the edges. Smooth out any air bubbles with an old credit card. You can also use the card to push the paper into any nooks and crannies in the wood. Roll or brush a coat of Mod Podge over the paper, and let dry.

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