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10 Ways to Transform a Dresser

Feb 21 2014 - 4:01am

If you've ever purchased an old wooden dresser from Craigslist for the express purpose of turning it into something fabulous, you're not alone. With a little DIY [1] ingenuity, even the most unattractive dressers can become the focal point of a room. Keep reading for 10 solutions for tricking out dated dressers, and let us know which one inspires you the most!

Flag It

Sheridan French [2] put a color-spin on the Union Jack Flag graphic with hot pink and tangerine paint.

Source: Sheridan French [3]

Fake It

Traditional inlay dressers can cost thousands of dollars, but Little Green Notebook's DIY version [4] can be done under $40.

Source: Little Green Notebook [5]

Paint a Border

Sunset Magazine [6] shows how a little painter's tape can create a beautiful border. The choice of black and white makes an especially powerful contrast.

Source: Photo by Rob Broadman via Sunset magazine [7]

Go Ombre

Interior designer Chloe Warner turned a simple vintage dresser [8] into something extraordinary, by playing with the pretty spectrum of pink.

Source: Photo by Laure Joliet [9] via Lonny Magazine [10]

Draw a Diamond

Thanks to a coat of white paint, gold spray paint and shiny new knobs, Camille Styles contributor Claire Zinnecker got this old dresser [11] to shine bright like a diamond.

Source: Camille Styles [12]

Replace Drawer Pulls

These cute numbered drawer pulls will not only help Erin's babe learn to count, they also make the piece pop. See the complete before and after on Domestic Adventure [13].

Source: Domestic Adventure [14]

Use O'verlays

One of the best ways to make an Ikea dresser look expensive is to add O'verlays [15]. These decorative fretwork panels come in a variety of sizes, are paintable, and easy to adhere to furniture. Browse designs categorized by the Ikea piece you have or contact them for custom options!

Source: O'verlays [16]

Recycle a Mirror

If you have an old mirror you don't want, consider having it cut into pieces. Teresa at Andersen Seven [17] had her bathroom mirror cut for just $20 and adhered it to a wooden dresser that she repainted.

Source: Andersen Seven [18]

Add a Darker Shade

Using Minwax's Dark Walnut stain, Twenty-Six to Life turned an orange-hued dresser into something I'd expect to see at Room and Board. See the full transformation here [19].

Source: Twenty-Six to Life [20]

Incorporate Fabric

By using cardboard and fabric, a cheap Ikea dresser was updated into something modern and chic for a baby's room. Learn the steps on Gravy Train [21].

Source: Gravy Train [22]


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