How to DIY a Grass Cloth and Nailhead Dresser

The DIY experts at HGTV Magazine recreated this flea market find. Here’s how you can, too.
By: Jodi Kahn
grass cloth nailhead dresser

Grass Cloth and Nailhead Dresser

Grass cloth wallpaper: Yangtze Landing grass cloth wallpaper in YAN110, $47.50 per single roll, americanblinds.com; Trim: French Natural nailhead trim, $20 for a 10-yard roll, diyupholsterysupply.com; Knobs: Martha Stewart Living Classic Hardware 1 1/4" beehive knobs in Bedford satin brass, $4 each, homedepot.com; Paint: Claret Rose by Benjamin Moore

Photo by: Alison Gootee/Studio D

Alison Gootee/Studio D

Materials Needed

  • grass cloth wallpaper
  • nailhead trim
  • dresser knobs and hardware
  • paint, similiar color as grass cloth
  • screwdriver
  • paint brush
  • crafts knife
  • ruler
  • upholstery hammer with nylon tip
  • drill

Step 1

If your dresser has knobs, unscrew them and set them aside. Remove the dresser’s drawers. Paint the drawer fronts and the dresser’s frame with a color similar to the grass cloth wallpaper you’re using. Let dry.

Step 2

Lay the wallpaper facedown, then trace each drawer front on the back. Using a crafts knife and a ruler, cut out the rectangles. Stick them to the drawer fronts with wallpaper paste.

Step 3

Measure the dresser’s top and sides, and cut the wallpaper to fit. Affix the wallpaper to the dresser with wallpaper paste.

Step 4

Using an upholstery hammer with a nylon tip, tap in nailhead trim to outline the dresser’s frame and drawer fronts.

Step 5

Drill two holes in each drawer front (if they don’t already have them), and attach the new knobs.

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