Classic Kid to Classic Rock Dresser Re-do

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My grandson recently moved to his first "solo" housing and was desperate for dresser storage. This chest, suffering from what I call dude decorating, was a prime candidate for a makeover. Inspired by his love of classic rock music, a Pink Floyd poster became the inspiration for this edgy update.
Original dresser.
First the hardware and all the stickers were removed. Some peeled off easily, others left paper residue which was removed by spraying with WD 40 and scraping off with a flat edge razor scraper.
Cleaning materials.
Then the entire dresser was cleaned with a combination of warm water, a few drops of dishwashing soap, about 1/4 cup of Borax and the same amount of baking soda in two quarts of warm water. Just used what I had on hand. I scrubbed it with a plastic scrubbie and wiped it with a clean rag.
Painted entire project with Heritage Collection chalk style paint with built in primer and wax according to the directions - basically clean surface with a decreasing agent and applied coats of paint. Admittedly, I was skeptical because this old dresser had previously been painted with some glossy finish paint and I had visions of hours spent sanding to degloss the old paint. Much to my delight, cleaning was all the prep required. The paint has such a smooth lustrous finish I was reluctant to go to my next step - decoupaging the poster to the drawer fronts.
Edgy update - he loves it!
The poster depicts a portion of the Berlin wall with some graffiti. I painted the edges of the drawers to blend with the depicted wall and cut the poster in strips to best fit the space and decoupaged it according to the instructions on the Mod Podge decoupaging medium container. After allowing a couple of days to dry I gave it three coats of polyurethane and new hardware with a more industrial look. Not to everyone's taste, perhaps, but he loves it!
Suggested materials:
  • Heritage Collection chalk style paint "cobblestone" color   (Supplied as a contest prize.)
  • Modge Podge   (Wal-Mart)
  • Cleaning supplies   (On hand)
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