In need of a DIY fix I recently I decided to make over an old cherry colored bedroom dresser that had been banished to the darkness of the basement many years ago. After sanding the dresser (with medium and fine grit sanding sponges) and filling the old hardware holes with Elmer’s Wood Filler, I gave it a wipe down with a damp rag and let it dry for several hours. Using a small foam roller and a 2″ paint brush (for the tricky spots) I applied primer (Zinsser “ultimate stain blocker” primer) and several fine coats of white semi-gloss interior paint to the dresser frame and drawer fronts. I won’t lie, this was a tedious process … watching paint dry and all that.
Then came the fun part of the DIY dresser makeover … gold paint, power tools, and pretty floral paper!! Using painter’s tape I masked off the areas around the legs and sides of the drawer openings and got to work with Martha Stewart Living’s Metallic Paint in Vintage Gold. While the paint was drying I drilled holes in the drawer fronts to receive my beautiful brass and horn pulls from Anthropologie. I decided to add a delicate touch to the two smaller drawers since they would hold delicate items after all! A pretty gold floral patterned gift-wrap caught my eye at The Container Store one day and was the perfect match with my brass hardware and antique gold painted accents.
Scissors in hand, I trimmed two pieces of gift-wrap to cover the fronts of the small drawers and a little extra to wrap around the back. I coated the back side of the paper with Elmer’s spray adhesive, quickly smoothed it over the drawer fronts, and secured it in the back. After letting everything breathe for a day I sprayed the entire dresser frame, drawer fronts, and paper covered drawer fronts with several fine, misty layers of Rustoleum Ultimate Polyurethane. This will help to protect the paint and paper from everyday wear and tear. Lastly (the most exciting part) I installed the new horn and brass pulls from Anthropologie and placed the pretty dresser in it’s new home.