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Up-Cycled Dresser


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Bored of having your dresser one colour? Or changing the décor in your room? Why not spruce up your chest of drawers with a bit of paint!

What we’ll need:

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  • Furniture
  • Paint – I used Vinyl Matt paint for interior walls
  • Small paint brush
  • Paint roller
  • Tray
  • Small chisel (not necessary)
  • Screwdriver – the type of one you’ll need will depend on the screws used to attach the door handles


Let’s get started! First clean your furniture so the paint will go on a nice clean and smooth surface. I just used an old tea towel.


Our next step is to remove all of the door handles. I have used a cross ended screwdriver. When removing the handles make sure you don’t shut the drawers after because it will be very difficult to get them back open again!

Open your tin of paint and make sure you mix it thoroughly before using. Pour some paint into your tray, I have used cream coloured paint.

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Using your paint brush, paint a thin layer over the front of each of the drawers. Doing this first will make sure we get an even coverage of the colour.

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Once all of your drawer fronts are painted, leave them to dry for 2-4 hours depending on what paint you have chosen. The paint I have used isn’t the best paint for wood but as I used this paint for my walls and I had some leftover, I decided just to go for it!

After leaving your paint to dry, we can now start on the second coat. For this we are going to use a roller. This will smooth out any uneven paint strokes and create a smooth finish to the wood.

Try not to put too much paint onto your roller because the surface that we are painting is very small and doesn’t need much paint at all.

Make sure your second coat is spread evenly and covers the previous colour of your drawers.

Leave the second coat to dry and then you can screw the door handles back onto the drawer fronts.

Now, my painting was a little messy so I got paint on the top of drawers and down the sides. To tidy this up I just used a very small chisel to carefully scrape away the unwanted paint.

It didn’t take me very long to paint the actual dresser as the time was all in the waiting but it allowed me to get odd jobs done in the meantime. I hope you have enjoyed this DIY project as it’s a little different to my usual blog posts!

If you have a go don’t forget to share your makes with us on Instagram @aboxofbuttons or on Twitter @aBoxofButtons! See you next time!

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