How to Create a Whimsical Look on an Old Dresser Paint Pen Make-Over

5 Materials
4 Hours

I have had this little chest of drawers for over 15 years and the top is worn and marked and really looked in need of some updating and design. I was inspired by a whimsical painted look I saw in a home magazine and thought even though I've never done it before I'd give it a go.

Chest of drawers before makeover

I begin by painting the wooden top with green acrylic paint and the sides with pink furniture chalky paint.

Paint wooden top in green

The pink and green give a nice whimsical colorway and then preparing to do

the striped black and white legs with a paint pen .

Chalky furniture pink paint

The stripes I decide to do approx 1cm apart on back and front legs and will begin to add other accents of black and white along drawers.

Adding black stripes on legs with paint pen

The piece begins to transform and each stage I let it dry for an hour or so.

Adding pink paint to front panels

Next is paint some green accents and panels and pink sides to the legs.

Painting inside legs

Using masking tape to make painting easier and try and keep lines even. The top and front are the last to decorate and I decide to do do mix of black, pink, and green checks.

Paint drawers green

I decide to cover most of the drawer front green and leave white edge and do a black line to outline the green with paint pen and using a straight edge to guide.

Draw black lines on top

I paint the top with pink, white, and black sections for added detail. The paint pens are super lovely to use and glide on well.

Adding colour with paint pens

When dry I cover the whole piece with clear protective varnish,

the transformation is complete and now my bedroom is truly whimsical and beautiful 🌸

Whimsical painted chest of drawers
whimsical look dresser paint pen makeover
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