3 Fun Dresser Makeovers

How much time do you have? HGTV Magazine shows you three cute ways to redo a basic wood dresser, no matter your time constraints.

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  • Your Blank Canvas

    You can transform a drab dresser in only a few hours. More time to spare? Check out these three ideas for any schedule and style. See a link at the bottom of a slide? Click it for details on each project, including step-by-step images and specific paint colors. Happy DIYing!

  • A Few Hours: Stick-On Decal Sheets

    Remove the drawers and knobs. Dip just the tip of the brush into latex paint. Dab the bristles on a paper towel, then brush the paint onto the dresser with quick, light strokes so the wood grain shows through. Paint the entire frame, including the legs, using this dry-brush method.

  • A Few Hours: Stick-On Decal Sheets

    While the paint dries, cut the decal sheets into pieces a little bigger than each drawer front and stick them on, smoothing out air bubbles with an old credit card. Wrap any excess around the edges. Use a nail or pushpin to poke a hole through the decal sheet for each knob. Screw in new knobs, and slide the drawers back into the dresser.

  • A Day: Paint Stripes

    Paint the drawer fronts and frame with one color of latex paint. Let dry, then insert the drawers. Tape off your first stripe by applying delicate-surface painter’s tape. Repeat, running another piece of tape parallel to the first. Use a utility knife to slice the tape between the drawers, pressing down the edges.

  • A Day: Paint Stripes

    Paint the first stripe, then peel off the tape while the paint is still wet. While the stripe dries, tape off and paint another one a few inches away. Repeat with as many stripes as you want. Paint each knob the same color as the stripe it matches up with on the dresser. Let dry, then screw them back in.

  • A Weekend: Decoupage and Monogram

    Prime the frame and drawer fronts. Let dry while you cut the wrapping paper into strips and squares. Apply Mod Podge matte finish onto the dresser frame and back of the paper one piece at a time. Stick the paper to the frame, overlapping the edges and smoothing out air bubbles. Apply a coat of Mod Podge over the paper, and let dry.

  • A Weekend: Decoupage and Monogram

    Decoupage the drawer fronts in the same way. Let dry, and insert drawers. Paint the legs with latex paint that’s the same color you’ll use for the monogram. Attach loops of painter’s tape to the back of the stencil, and press it on the dresser. Paint inside the stencil, immediately remove it and let dry. From inside the drawer, poke a hole through the paper for each knob. Screw in new knobs.

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