DIY Color-Blocked Dresser

Transform an old dresser with a modern geometric design. All you need is a little paint and clean, crisp lines.

Color blocking -- the technique of pairing contrasting colors directly next to one another -- is having a moment right now. And so is the use of geometric shapes. Combine the two trends by upcycling an old dresser with a modern and fresh DIY. All you need is some paint and our easy-to-follow how-to.

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What You Need

  • Dresser
  • Screwdriver
  • Painters tape
  • Paint (we used Modern Masters Pharaoh's Gold and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Aubusson Blue, Provence, and Pure White)
  • Paintbrush

Step 1: Remove Hardware

Remove hardware from the dresser. Most knobs will come off with a screwdriver, but you may need other tools depending on the age of the dresser and type of knob. If the drawer pull doesn't have a screw, try twisting it to the left to loosen or unscrewing the nut and washer. 

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Step 2: Apply Painters Tape

Mark off triangles on the dresser with painters tape. Let some of the shapes overlap. 

Step 3: Start Painting

Paint inside the lines of each taped triangle. Be sure to paint adjacent triangles different colors. Let dry.  

Step 4: Finish Hardware

Paint the hardware gold. Let dry. Then reattach with the screwdriver. 

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