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How to Update a Dresser With Wallpaper and Decorative Knobs

Bring bold pattern and a little bit of bling to an old dresser with decorative knobs and wallpapered drawers.

Brian Patrick Flynn, Decor Demon

Materials Needed:

  • wallpaper in desired pattern
  • coordinating decorative knobs
  • straight edge
  • scissors
  • drill
  • measuring tape
  • pencil or marker
  • wallpaper paste
  • wallpaper smoothing tool
  • double-sided tape
  • needle-nose pliers
  • 1" paintbrush

Measure Drawer Interiors

Measure the interior dimensions of each drawer with measuring tape.

Cut Wallpaper

Measure and mark the wallpaper with a straight edge and pencil or marker using the same dimensions as the drawer interior. Cut along the traced lines. Tip: Installing wallpaper on wall surfaces requires precise matching of pattern repeats, but drawer interiors can be mismatched without sacrificing the overall intended effect.

Add Wallpaper

Dry-fit the wallpaper into the drawer to ensure a perfect fit. Follow the manufacturer's installation directions, and permanently attach the paper to the drawer's interior. Repeat for each drawer, and smooth out any air bubbles using the wallpaper smoothing tool. Tip: If you don't want to permanently attach the wallpaper with paste, lay the paper down inside the drawer completely dry, and hold it in place with double-sided tape.

Remove Old Hardware

Remove the existing hardware from each drawer with a screwdriver or drill. Tip: Keep the original hardware to preserve the dresser's authenticity when passing it down or selling it in the future.

Install New Knobs

Install knobs or pulls on each drawer using a screwdriver or drill, and securely fasten the hardware in place with washers and nuts. Tip: New hardware styles often come with attached nuts. To ensure proper installation, use needle-nose pliers to fasten the nuts securely to the bolts.

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