Give Your Old Dresser a Dramatic Transformation With This Technique!

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Have an old dresser that needs a new look? Try this!

I loved this technique because it's so much easier to do than stenciling or free-hand painting, and the result is magnificent! This dresser is definitely the belle of this bedroom now.

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  • Green latex paint
  • Prima Marketing Inc Redesign Transfer
  • Sand paper


  • Transfer smoothing tool
  • Screw driver
  • Paint brush

Step 1: Sand that baby down

I started with a plain white dresser. Fine, but not great.

I sanded every surface and corner of the dresser to prepare it for paint. If you're using chalk paint, you can actually skip this step.

Step 2: Disassemble the dresser

I took the knobs off the dresser and I took out the drawers so that I could paint the frame and the drawers separately.

Step 3: Paint the dresser

I used a nice, olive-y green for my base coat. I painted the dresser frame and drawers separately so that I could cover every surface easily and give everything ample dry time.

Step 4: Reassemble the dresser

I put the drawers back in, but I didn't add the knobs on yet because I needed that smooth, flat surface for the next (exciting!) step.

Ready for this?

Transfer film!!! Yes, that's my secret, Prima Marketing Inc Redesign Transfer (available in the materials section below). This stuff is insanely cool. It's like a giant, gorgeous sticker that you place right on your furniture. Make sure your kids don't see you do this though--don't want them getting any ideas...

Step 5: Place your first transfer sheet

Decide where you want your sheet to go and begin adhering it to your piece. Simply peel back the film a little bit at a time so you can get that transfer onto your piece straight and smooth.

Step 6: Sticking your transfer

As you remove the backing, smooth the transfer down with a tool (like a credit card or a spoon) and run over it with your hand to make sure there are no bubbles or creases.

Step 7: Match up your sheets

Work in sections, matching up the bottom of your last transfer sheet to the top of your next. You can cut the sheets as you go as well, to make them a bit easier to work with. I worked a drawer at a time and cut the sheet as I got to the end of each drawer.

Step 8: Return your knobs and pulls

After you design is complete, just add those knobs back on and enjoy your gorgeous new piece. How cool is that?

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  • Debbie Kelly
    on Oct 7, 2019

    How many sheets did this size of a dresser require to cover the front like that ?

    Beautiful, btw.

  • Millie Bonacci
    on Oct 8, 2019

    Where do you buy transfer sheets?

    • Elaine Sanchez
      on Oct 9, 2019

      i went to the site Prima marketing, to see all but I could only get so far, so thought, I need to register BUT it seems to be wholesale??????? Sooooo if I go to amazon, how do I find like specific categories/styles ?

  • Birdell Waugh
    on Oct 8, 2019

    Can you use on metal?

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  • Holly Allen Kennelley
    on Oct 18, 2019

    This is a great idea, the only thing I would do differently is I would leave out the flowers on each corner.

  • Ruthie
    30 minutes ago

    Simply gorgeous! Thanks for such a great inspiration!

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