Dresser makeover

Over Labor Day weekend I got to work on my nursery by doing a dresser makeover. I started out with a dresser I picked up for free off Craiglist. I love Craigslist, but this sad sack of a dresser was not much to look at (you can't expect much when it's free):


With a little tender loving care and only $15.00 in supplies, here she is now:

This is a really easy project. First, you need a piece of furniture, whether it comes from your own home, thrift store, Craigslist, etc. This dresser is not especially high quality (I would have loved for it to have been hardwood), but the drawers are roomy and slide in and out easily and it is still sturdy.

Here are the other supplies you will need:

measuring tape
screw driver
paint brush
exact-o knife
decorative paper
Mod Podge (I used Matte-finish)
new hardware

1. After cleaning your piece of furniture well, remove the old hardware.

2. Measure your drawer fronts

3. Measure and cut your decorative paper to size. I used paper made by Snow and Graham (no. 1644), found at Kate's Paperie. It was on sale the day I bought it (bonus!) and I needed 3 sheets total. A high-quality wrapping paper with a nice print would also work well. This paper was just barely short of my drawer width (approx. 1 inch) so I had to piece it together.

4. Using a paint brush, apply a layer of Mod Podge to your drawer fronts. Lay the decorative paper down on the drawer front and smooth out any bubbles. Let dry completely.

5. Trim any excess paper that may overlap the drawer front using an exact-o knife.

6. Apply two additional coats of Mod Podge to the drawer fronts to seal (let each coat dry completely before re-applying). Be careful of your brush-strokes, since they will show. Avoid leaving any drips.

7. While your drawers are drying, take a break and head out to the new Brooklyn Ikea on the Water Taxi. Enjoy the scenery from the Waterfall Project. (I love NYC!)

I went specifically to get these drawer knobs, which I think are modern and cute, and only cost $1.99 for a package of 6. While I have a little love affair going on with Ikea, walking through that maze of a store wipes me out. Good think they have frozen yogurt next to checkout. :)

8. Attach your new hardware. Put the drawers back in the dresser.

9. Enjoy your new-to-you and significantly improved dresser!


P.S. I was recently featured on a great new blog called Little Birdie Secrets. Last week they had a baby week theme and showed my diaper cake and onesie cookies in Friday's post on baby shower ideas. Thanks, Little Birdie Secrets! Check out the earlier baby week posts for some fun craft projects, including binkie clips, cute baby hangers and a nursing cover.

36 comments:

jezebelsk said...

That's really cute! It gives me some ideas for an old dresser we have here.

gigi said...

I love Ikea too, closest one to us is Orlando.

You did a great job and I think that it is way cute!

LeAnne said...

Your dresser is adorable! You did such a great job.

Liz said...

Very cute. I too am an IKEA fan, but the closest one to me is 5 hours away in Clarkston, MI. Luckily my friend lives right around the corner.

mau said...

That was a steal...and it was not bad. Now its beautiful. About 38yrs. ago I did that same thing for my son, Only thing I painted it blue and put some glass knobs on it...it was so beautiful to me.

mau said...

By the way you look so beautiful....:)

Christy said...

I love what you did with the dresser - so cute!! you are so creative!

mau said...

Born and raised in NYC, then moved to brooklyn when I married and I miss it so very much...been here in california now 12yrs.

Jodie said...

Great make-over. It looks so sweet now!

Marian said...

Lookin so cute, Jill (both you and the dresser)! I have those same knobs for our FHE board. You know what Mod Podge makes me think of? You, Ellen, and Young Women's - trying to put together Christmas Tree boxes for YW gifts. We went through a lot of mod podge! Fun times!

20 Something Superhero said...

Oh this turned out very pretty. It will looks so good with the fabrics you selected for the nursery!!

I may actually re-vamp our version of this dresser and take it out of the storage room if it looks anything like yours!!

pikula family said...

Jill,

Melanie's friend here! Love the dresser, two questions:
One: tried making the cheesecake that you listed below and my cheesecake came out 5 inches tall was yours the normal size cheesecake? Two: The crust was really hard and I could hardly cut it with the knife, did I do something wrong?
The recipe was the most delicious the easiest that I have ever made of cheesecakes just wanted your opinion to make mine better!
Thanks, hope things are going well, love the blog!
Amy

marisa said...

I LOVE this idea! I have a dresser that I was about to ship off to the thrift store, but not anymore!!!

Jenny said...

You are always making something amazing and functional. I think you should have your own DIY show!

Sandra Smart said...

So very cute!

scrappysue said...

that's fantastic jill! does pastel yellow mean we don't know whether it should be blue or pink? it turned out great! i'm going to follow those NY links - less than 30 days til i fly out - eeeeeeeeeeeeek!

Alicia said...

Wow, you are amazing! I am SO glad you posted this because I need to do something with the cheap-o ugly dresser I just bought of craigslist! This is perfect. Thanks for such great ideas!

Miss you! Oh, and you are so cute pregnant. =)

Ashley Poulsen said...

That turned out so very cute!
Love your blog!

Sheena Larkin said...

Jill, you are amazing. I love the dresser! Your little guys is so lucky to have such a creative mom.

Jillian said...

Well I can see why they featured you on the blog...the cake is lovely and the onesie cookies are FAB! I was just recently at a baby shower and they would have been a big hit there, too.

Jillian

TileGirl said...

Love the dresser make-over. I've done two dressers over the last couple years. Hardware makes all the difference, doesn't it? Yours is fantastic.

Julie said...

You totally inspired me and I did my son's dresser last night/this morning. You can see it on my blog via my profile. :)

Rebeckah said...

The dresser is beautiful. You are glowing : )!

Nancy said...

I'm inspired! Thanks for sharing.

Alicia said...

So I did this. And I LOVE it!! My son's little jungle bedroom looks so much cuter with snake-skin drawers (it might sound a little crazy, but it's darling). All thanks to you!

Amy Leigh said...

Love it! =)

blissfully caffeinated said...

Found you through OhDeeDoh. Love the dresser! I have a little Hensvik dresser that I've been planning to hack with contact paper, but have been unable to find a pattern I like. Never even thought about decoupaging, but now I am on the hunt for some great paper. Thanks for the idea!

songUnsungVintage said...

aaaand this is another post that was really inspiring. I have been meaning to do this for a LONG while now. It never occured to me before...good thinking!

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Lovely dresser it looks so ergonomic, where did you get the design ? you are a great carpenter!

A Mom's Choice said...

Could you do this on kitchen cabinets and be able to wipe off?

homemade by jill said...

Yes, you definitely could do this on kitchen cabinets, but you would probably need to seal it with something like a clear polyurethane to make it wipe-able.

Scrapbooking Ideas said...

Now, I am thinking of doing a dresser makeover! It's time to get creative for my stuff around and not only on papers. =)

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