Trash to Treasure Makeover With Chalk Paint and Duct Tape

Y'all, we tend to get easily excited about most things, but we are seriously so excited to show you this dresser transformation! You know when you're spinning your wheels trying to figure out what you're going to do and the idea just hits you? That is exactly what happened in this case.
We are part of a group called the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest and lucky for us, this month the sponsor is D. Lawless Hardware, who makes beautiful pieces. We got these milk glass drawer pulls that we absolutely love! Aren't they gorgeous?
We also knew that we wanted to paint this dresser...the icing on the cake was that this was a free curbside find! The dresser had been black and missing knobs and we had painted some wooden knobs for a temporary solution, which turned out to be a solution we had for about 2 years. Needless to say, it was in need of a makeover.
We were trying to figure out what we were going to do to this dresser to really transform it. As we were looking at the dresser, something caught our eye that had been forgotten about, just waiting to be used one day. On one of our many trips to the dollar store, we found this duct tape months ago that we thought was cute and that we could use it somehow, someway in the future. Well that day turned out to be today. Now we didn't know if our idea would work, but we were excited to try.
We painted the dresser with old white chalk paint, which was already such a huge improvement, and then we got to work on the really fun part. We embellished the dresser by using three strips of duct tape per drawer and we absolutely love how it turned out!
Our vintage cobalt blue bottles look great displayed on top!
It's amazing that a little bit of paint, duct tape from the dollar store, and new beautiful hardware completely transformed this piece of furniture.
Hard to believe what this curbside find used to look like...
We are so happy that we found this dresser and gave it a makeover!

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 5 questions
  • Chris
    on Aug 28, 2016

    Please let me know where you found this particular tape. Thank you.

  • Diana Theresa Katsantones
    Diana Theresa Katsantones
    on Apr 22, 2017

    Thanks 4 idea. You have my creative juices flowing. How do you keep the duct tape from sticking 2 itself (or myself) with long strips ?
    • Juli Capo
      Juli Capo
      on May 24, 2017

      You will need 4 hands, so we will need a "helper". Volunteers work harder than "forced labor" like a husband or child!
  • Jo ann seals
    Jo ann seals
    on Jun 15, 2019

    I love this look. Could I use this idea to fix a table top?

    • William McDonough
      William McDonough
      on Apr 19, 2020

      Duct tape is "strong", but if the table is used regularly or heavily, likely will wear quickly and tape may curl up.

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  • Darlene Ernst
    Darlene Ernst
    on Sep 18, 2019

    Before I stick duct tape on my current project; I'm curious as to how well the tape held up? Is it still sticking to the paint fairly well?

  • Shar
    on Jan 10, 2020

    I did similar project with scrapbook paper and Modge Podge.

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