Art Deco Dresser Make Over Upcycling Furniture

5 Materials
6 Hours

I always look for unique looking furniture (mostly mid century modern furniture) when I hunt for new pieces! I knew I liked the "bones" of this dresser but I was a bit hesitant at first. Then decided to just go for it and I didn't regret it! Check out the transformation ! And see my other pieces on Instagram @andreapalmai

Here is how it looked before! Cool lines but boring!

Once I decided on the color and design, I started filling the missing veneers with wood filler. Gave it a light sanding with 100 grit sandpaper then it was time to paint!

First a touch of gold.

For this I used gold spray paint.

Then painted the remaining parts black with a foam roller!

This already looked cool but I had bigger plans for this bad boy!

I used some skinny painter's tape to create my design. I did not measure anything because who has time for that? But if you don't feel confident use a measuring tape. Its easier than fixing it later.

Design taped and painted

I just googled "art deco design" and searched for pictures that i liked, would work best with the dresser and were not too complicated. After removing the tape, I fixed my lines and made sure they were sharp!

And tada!!

This is the finished product! It was totally worth it! It's classy and gives me some serious Great Gatsby vibes!

Spay paint used in the project!
I used this paint on the dresser
Gave it a light sand with 100 grit sandpaper
The wood filler used on the project
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  • Andrea
    on Aug 7, 2019

    What type of roller do you use? I have used foam and still had orange peel....

    • Andrea Palmai
      on Aug 7, 2019

      just a regular foam roller. try not to go over it so many times, especially once the paint starts to dry. your paint might have been too thick too! i find that if you apply one coat at a time and let the paint dry fully before the next coat, the paint evens out while it dries.

  • Elizabeth
    on Sep 30, 2019

    Did you have to paint the gold lines freehand on the front where the big black stencil is? I don’t know how you did that.

    • Kimmyk
      on Jul 31, 2020

      Looks great! You're very patient to do that taping, kudos to you.

  • Lee Susan
    on Aug 31, 2020

    Hi I love how you updated the look of the cabinet

    just wondering if u have any suggesting for my Art Deco style cabinet?

    many thanks

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