Stenciled Dresser Extreme Makeover!!

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4 Hours

This is my FAVORITE before and after project of 2020!! Let me share how I took a forlorn little legless dresser and gave it a spectacular makeover.

Poor little thing

When I saw this sweet little dresser I saw what she could be not what she was: a legless sticker covered piece with all the original hardware missing.

Wood filler

There was no chance of finding replacement legs to fit the original holes so they were filled in with DAP wood pro wood filler. And lots of it. The hardware holes were filled too as replacing them with original was futile.

New Legs installed

New legs and brackets were installed with the help of my handy shop fellow.

The entire dresser was sanded smooth and scrubbed clean ready to paint.

Ready to paint

The wood filler areas were touched up with stain to keep the stripped and stained finish consistent.


I wanted to add some drama and character. I chose to stencil the drawers using a Cutting Edge Indian inlay stencil set and Fusion Mineral Paint in chocolate. The large surfaces were rolled on using the Cutting Edge roller set.

I also used the roller and chocolate paint on the dresser top and front edges to tie the color thru the whole dresser.

More stencil work

For the small areas I used the small stencil brush.

Drill new hardware holes

New holes were drilled for knobs to be positioned in the proper spots.

Knobs in place

And here are the knobs in place. The brushed satin nickel compliments the leg caps and adds a bit of sparkle.


Everything was dark waxed to add a nice sheen and this cutie is complete. The detailed tutorial of this project is linked at the bottom of this post. Pop over to my blog to see it and more one of a kind pieces. Be sure to sign up for my FREE emailed tutorial subscription.


She found a new home in a very short time frame!

What do you think? Pretty Extreme change up?

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  • Lisa Fauerbach Lisa Fauerbach on Jun 13, 2020

    Absolutely gorgeous ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Hilda Hilda on Aug 30, 2020

    how to paint over formica

  • Wanda Wanda on Mar 28, 2021

    Absolutely beautiful, where did you get your stencils too ?


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  • Paege Paege on Mar 28, 2021

    This is "being able to see things in a way they COULD be" at it's finest. A real inspiration! As an interior designer I would buy this in a snap! (and probably put it in my bedroom ;) )

  • The Egg Shell Lady The Egg Shell Lady on Oct 22, 2021

    Well this isn't a question......this is stunning. I just love it.