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How-To: Patterned Decal Dresser

Follow these steps from HGTV Magazine to update your plain dresser with decals, and better yet, it only takes a few hours!

Jessica Dodell-Feder
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J. Aaron Greene

Materials Needed:

  • screwdriver
  • 2" angled paintbrush
  • paper towels
  • tape measure
  • scissors
  • old credit card
  • small nail or pushpin
  • paint (such as Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore)
  • decal sheet (such as Frida Barlow weave ikat, spoonflower.com)
  • knobs (such as Ceramic pegs in orange, anthropologie.com)

Step 1

Remove the drawers and unscrew the knobs. Paint the dresser. We started with an unfinished wood dresser and gave it a dry-brush look. 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 method.

Barb Blair

Step 2

While the paint dries, measure the dimensions of your drawer fronts. 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 — you’ll still be able to close the drawers easily.

Barb Blair

Step 3

From inside the drawer, use a nail or pushpin to poke a hole through the decal sheet where each knob goes. Screw in new knobs, and slide the drawers back into the dresser.

Barb Blair
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