Roundup: 10 Inspiring & DIYable Dresser Makeovers


Roundup: 10 Inspiring & DIYable Dresser Makeovers

The best furniture makeovers are not necessarily the most over the top. A little paint and some new hardware can make Goodwill and Craigslist finds look like they're straight off the showroom floor. Take for example these 12 makeovers, each is as fresh as a spring day. 

Lexi's dresser makeover (pictured above) was inspired by Benjamin Moore Paint Strips. However, she made her own custom colors with some white and green paint she had on hand. She simply mixed them together to create the graduated colors. 

Not only did Leigh make over her Craigslist find, she also made over the little alcove which it now calls 'home.'

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Kristina found a 'hideous' little dresser at Goodwill and turned in to an homage to her favorite season: spring.

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A fresh coat of spring-y green paint and new hardware were the perfect combination for this makeover

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Elsa got mellow with yellow and new brushed nickel hardware for her BIG dresser makeover:

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Subtle stripes and a splurge on knobs at Anthro add charm galore to this dresser re-do:

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Not every dresser makeover requires new hardware. The original pulls become more interesting on this traditional piece after a coat of crisp white paint.

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 Lauren skipped trying to paint her laminate dresser, so she turned to Contact paper to give it a fresh look. Yes, the tree image was sketched onto Contact paper, cut out and applied to the dresser.

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Lisa too decided to skip the paint and instead opted to sand down the top of her dresser. New hardware from Hobby Lobby complete the look.

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 And, finally, we end where we started, with a gradient. Julia forwent the paint and chose instead varying shades of wood stain to accomplish her fabulous dresser makeover.

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For even more amazing dresser makeovers, check out this Curbly post.  


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DIY Maven on Feb 08, 2012:

@Jenn--do you have a pic to share? Love to see it!

Jenn on Feb 08, 2012:

Ooooh, I love the first and second-to-last! The contrast between the white drawers and the dark wood top is stunning. It's TOTALLY true that you can turn old, shabby Craigslist/thrift store finds with some new paint and hardware... I recently turned a beat-up old record cabinet ($20 on craigslist) into a beautiful modern minibar. You'd never guess its origin or its price to look at it.

DIY Maven on Feb 07, 2012:

@clover--it depends on the laminate. If it's the paper kind--like the kind office furniture is usually made of--you can sand it with 120 and paint it. (I've done it, and it turned out great.)  If it's the plastic kind, you might want to check out this article at TOH. Because this is a dresser and not kitchen cabs, like in the article, I'd skip the nasty chemical part, as I'm sure your dresser isn't dirty like kitchen cabs would be. 

clover on Feb 06, 2012:

lovely and inspiring!

i am sitting here staring at my uber ugly "wood" laminate dresser and wondering if there are any truly effective ways to paint these, or is contact paper my only option? would love to hear opinions/experiences/links.


hena tayeb on Feb 06, 2012:

love the ombre effect

Shirley on Feb 05, 2012:

On many of these, the natural wood looked more attractive in their naturl wood colors. Just my own personal opinion, sorry!

Zero34 on Feb 02, 2012:

really nice result on that first one.. i'd almost switch the nobs so that the dark ones were on the top and fading downards to counter the color of the drawer faces.

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