Dressed-Up Dresser Ideas From Readers

Think twice before you lug that old dresser to the dump.

Banish brown and boring dressers from your bedroom. Take inspiration from these creative HGTV fans who sanded, painted and repurposed their chests of drawers into custom one-of-a-kind pieces. 

We’re loving the trend of colorful custom furniture to add fun and personality to a room. I feel like we all have a piece like this one from @Heather_Hill5 taking up space in a garage. Her finished gray dresser is another example of how far a coat of paint and new knobs can go in reviving a piece of furniture that would otherwise go unnoticed. 

Logan from @thestylishpeach shares the details of this mid-century modern makeover on her blog. In her case, the original dresser had too many scratches and stains for it to work as-is. A few smart and trendy choices make this piece look like it came straight from a fancy furniture show room. 

Ombre is a trend that’s still making the rounds on window treatments, decorative art and focal walls. We especially love it on the drawers of a dresser, seen below in a lovely blue-gray hue by @beautymark_furniture.  Want to make your own ombre dresser? We’ll show you how

This coral dresser stopped me in my tracks. Card catalog drawer pulls seem to be having a moment, and it’s no wonder. Not only can they help keep you organized if you choose to use labels, but they instantly give any piece of furniture a sense of librarian sophistication, don’t you think? And in weathered brass, @thirtyeighthstreet must be after our hearts. 

I once painted my entire bedroom in a shade of deep blue similar to the one on this dresser, made over by @wifeinprogress. Even though it’s a cool blue tone, the room felt so warm and cozy. I imagine this dresser in a room adds the same feeling, and the hot pink flowers on top are a happy pop of color.

If you’re designing around a theme, a custom paint job can make any piece suddenly work in a space. For a comic book-themed room, paint a favorite super hero emblem on the dresser. A baseball-themed dresser is a home run in a game room or kids’ room and @vintagebirchdesigns makes it look so easy to do. 

This French provincial chest of drawers gets a modern face lift with a coat of black paint in a glossy finish. Suddenly the ornate brass drawer pulls look fresh instead of dated. Thanks for sharing, @freshandvintageliving

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In an Hour: Add House Number Drawer Pulls

Give your dresser a dose of street style by replacing run-of-the-mill drawer pulls with sleek, modern house numbers.

In an Hour: Add: Building-Block Drawer Pulls

Sick of stepping on the tiny knives that are building blocks? Immobilize a few as playful, bold drawer pulls.

In an Hour: Customize Drawers With Decals

HGTV Magazine has a perfect dresser dress-up for dorm dwellers or indecisive decorators: easy-stick contact paper. Cut out a pattern with a paper punch, or find a chic pattern to cover the whole drawer front. When you're ready for a change, these designs peel off without leaving gunky residue.

Photo By: Philip Friedman

In an Hour: Use the Drawers

Not convinced your dresser is worth salvaging? Give the drawers a chance, at least. Use them to house craft supplies, your rubber-band collection or free-floating clutter.

In an Hour: Turn Drawers Into Shelves

Create art that doubles as storage and storage that doubles as art. Find a mini dresser and a few old black-and-white snapshots. Mount the drawers on the wall and tack a picture in each one using photo corners. Use the drawers as shelves, or hang earrings from looped pieces of wire.

In an Hour: Gain Instant Bathroom Storage

Here, mismatched vintage dresser drawers store the scourge of bathroom counters everywhere: makeup and hair products.

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Jen Jafarzadeh L'Italien

In an Hour: Turn Rubber Toys Into Drawer Pulls

Kids' room clutter is no match for T-Rex. Make cleaning up (a little) more fun for little hands with these toys-turned-drawer pulls. Have a little more time? Paint the dresser reptilian green to match.

In an Hour: Add Drawer Liners

Once you've decked out the dresser's exterior, don't forget inside those drawers. Line them with complementary shelf paper, wallpaper or contact paper.

In a Day: Add Paint + Vintage Pulls

This dresser has some serious personality, no? Design on a Dime host Casey Noble made it one-of-a-kind by painting one drawer front bright yellow and adding vintage pulls.

In a Day: Wrap It Up

Wrapping paper isn't just for gifts. Here, HGTV Magazine used a floral roll to transform this basic furniture piece. A stenciled monogram sends it into the uber-preppy zone.

Photo By: J. Aaron Greene

In a Day: Paint On Cheerful Stripes

Follow these steps from HGTV Magazine to update your plain dresser with cheerful stripes. Use up leftover paint from previous DIYs, or buy affordable sample-sized containers.

Photo By: J. Aaron Greene

In a Day: Give Your Dresser Retro Swagger

Use a patterned decal sheet and vintage-inspired knobs to create a retro-cool dresser like HGTV Magazine did here.

Photo By: J. Aaron Greene

In a Day: Wallpaper Your Dresser

Stylish wallpapers are making a huge comeback. Not ready for all that paste? Install a wallpaper you covet atop a basic modern dresser for a not-so-permanent dose of pattern.

In a Day: Outline Your Dresser

Any dresser looks modern with a silhouette of bright white. Here, HGTV Magazine editors stained the drawers and added white hardware to pull the look together.

Photo By: Lara Robby/Studio D

In a Day: Add a Chevron Pattern

There's a reason chevron mania is here to stay: This pattern packs a serious visual impact. See for yourself by creating your own pattern on a basic flat-front dresser.

In a Day: Make a Chest of Dirt

Dressers truly past their prime can find new life in the garden. Stagger the drawers and fill with herbs, greens or small flowers. The top is a great place to elevate potted plants.

Photo By: wwing; iStock

In a Day: Turn a Dresser Into a Chalkboard

A coat of chalk paint turns an eyesore into an artist's canvas. Or, for the super-organizers among us, another way to label every single drawer. Use chalk pens to avoid smudging and dust.

In a Day: Turn a Dresser Into Open Storage

When revamping used furniture, imagination is key. A dresser with missing drawers might seem like trash, but if it still has shelves, it can be a treasure. Give it a fresh coat of paint and you've got a whimsical bureau for your boudoir.

In a Day: Turn a Tall Dresser Into a Changing Table

A tall, basic dresser becomes a bohemian changing table with the addition of mismatched knobs and a cheery aqua hue.

In a Weekend: Turn a Dresser Into a Vanity

That dresser stashed in the garage can have a new life as a retrofitted bathroom vanity. Here's how to create your own.

In a Weekend: Turn a Dresser Into Open Storage

Put a fresh new spin on an old wooden dresser with open shelving, unexpected hardware and a playful use of color.

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