by Christina Dennis
Inspired by a pricey clothes dresser for a nursery I found online, I managed to “upcycle” a dated old dresser we had with just some paint and new hardware to match my daughter’s room. It only took me an afternoon, very little money and I was so happy with the results! Here’s how:
- used unpainted wooden dresser
- 2-3 coordinating paint colours
- new hardware
- foam roller
- paint brush
- Find an old wooden, unpainted dresser at a thrift shop, antique shop, garage sale, or from your own home. (Mine was an old pine dresser with dated hardware. It looked something like the picture below.)
- Clean and sand the entire dresser thoroughly (I didn’t sand/paint the insides of the drawers).
- Paint the dresser with at least one coat of primer. Let dry.
- Choose three shades of semi-gloss paint that match your nursery decor – one for the main dresser, one for the trim around the drawers (if you have trim) and one for the faces of the drawers. I chose chocolate brown, white and pink – these were all leftover paints from painting elsewhere in my house and in the nursery.
- Pull the drawers out of the dresser. Using a small foam roller (these work fantastically for wooden furniture!), paint the main parts of the dresser in your first colour – the top, sides, wood between the drawers, and legs.
- Remove the hardware on the drawers. Using a small foam roller, paint the faces of the drawers in colour three.
- Once paint is dry, paint a second coat.
- Once paint dries again, use a small brush to paint the trim around the drawers in colour two (if your drawers have trim). Dry. Recoat.
- Once paint is dry, attach new updated hardware to drawers. Re-assemble dresser. Voila! A boutique-looking dresser for nearly free!
Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.