Lynnette Soltwedel
Lynnette Soltwedel
  • Tutorial Team
  • Spartanburg, SC

Updating a Dresser.

This poor beauty was in a dark smelly room when found. I quickly decided how to update the look...during the painting process, my husband asked if I might want to decoupage some material on the sides. Brilliant suggestion! Check out the gorgeous end result!
updating a dresser
Discovered this beauty for sale on facebook, drove over to another town to pick it up. Closed up in a dark room with some other furniture.
updating a dresser
At first I though we would have to paint the whole piece, but some patience and a lot of sanding can reveal the natural beauty.
updating a dresser
The top wasn't looking very promising in the light of day, but I wasn't afraid to put in some effort to see what would happen.
updating a dresser
After some sanding...I had hubby do a little patching on the top for me (he's handy to have around).
updating a dresser
After I stained the top with some ebony stain, I started painting the base. Excuse the dogs, but they were a little upset that I stained inside the house (never a good idea folks) so I opened up the windows for all of us.
updating a dresser
Hubby thought decoupage might be something fun for me to try out. I had a piece of this material left from a previous project and it just spoke to me. So, after some measuring and cutting...I decided to add a little trim to just give the fabric a more finished look on each side.
updating a dresser
First time side had some bleeding from original cherry finish...sadly, had to pull it all off, and do it again. Note: if I would have sealed paint BEFORE decoupaging this would have been avoided. Lesson learned!
updating a dresser
Applied poly to top and drawers (which we stained to match top). Sealed base with a nice matte sealant...of course you know I always forget to document something and this time is no different. Forgot to snap pictures when I repainted the hardware. Oops! But this is the final product. How beautiful!
updating a dresser
Before and after...
Just another rescued piece.

Suggested materials:

  • Ebony stain  (The Home Depot)
  • Poly  (The Home Depot)
  • Material  (WalMart)
See all materials

Top Hometalk Projects

16 Brilliant Wire Basket Hacks Everyone's Doing Right Now
14 Cool Ways To Upholster Chairs That You Can DIY
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
23 DIY Wall Clocks That'll Transform Your Whole Room
18 Adorable Bird Feeders You'll Want To Make Right Now
16 Ways to Showcase Your Herb Garden
15 Quick and Easy Gift Ideas Using Buttons
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
15 Kitchen Updates Under $20
21 Ways to Have More Polka Dots in Your Life
31 Creative Garden Features Perfect For Summer
29 Of The Best DIY Mirror Projects Ever Made
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
13 Spectacular Ways To Display Your House Number

Have a question about this project?

3 of 14 questions

Join the conversation

4 of 249 comments
Your comment...