Best DIY Dresser Makeover Ideas

Have an old dresser that's looking a little dull? Spicing it up is easy! Often a little paint will do the trick, but if you're looking to take it to the next level, try on one of these makeovers for size.

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    Shine and Line

    A double dose of style -- in the form of glossy paint and a crisp white outline -- elevates this dresser from dowdy to chic. To re-create the look, prep your dresser by sanding, cleaning, and priming. Coat it with semigloss enamel paint. (We used Valspar's Enchanted Forest.) For the freehand outline, use a small paintbrush dipped in white semigloss enamel paint, or try a white paint marker. If you don't want to do it freehand, you can follow a straightedge or apply painter's tape. Choose decorative areas to show off the dresser's curves.

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    Repurposed Function

    With ample drawers for linens and extra glasses, plus a flat top, a dresser is perfect for becoming a bar cart. One blogger turned a basic IKEA dresser into a wow-worthy statement piece. Start by painting the drawers and body of the dresser -- she used Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray. Then install decorative accents, like a gold-spray-painted towel rack, chic overlays, and bold hardware. Get the full how-to tutorial here, plus meet the blogger behind the design on the next slide.

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    Meet the Blogger

    Watch and get the details of this amazing dresser transformation, plus meet the blogger behind the design. She was one of four finalists in BHG's Makeover Madness competition.

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    Dresser Trifecta

    Three-sided motifs (aka triangles) and three coordinating colors hit a dresser-makeover home run. To get the look, remove the drawers, then prime and paint them a base color (we used white). Block off a geometric pattern using a straightedge, pencil, and painters tape. Play around with triangle shapes -- alternate directions or flip the pattern upside down on the next drawer. Three shades of coral applied randomly enhance the dynamic nature of the design.

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    Top It Off

    Want to take your dresser-makeover game to the next level? Apply a faux-granite top. Start by cleaning and sanding the dresser. Then apply gray-beige paint to the body. Paint the legs of the dresser in a hue a few shades darker. Once dry, install modern drawer pulls. For the faux-granite top, you'll need a kit -- we used Rust-Oleum's Countertop Transformations in Charcoal. Follow the instructions on the kit to create your granite-inspired surface.

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    Artful Dresser

    Art isn't just for walls -- it's for your dresser, too. With a few basic supplies and a large poster, you can cover a basic dresser in a pretty pattern that wows. Start by priming the dresser and removing the drawers. Adhere artwork to the dresser's frame with spray adhesive, then trim along the edges once the paper dries. Repeat the process on the drawers, spraying with adhesive, applying art, and trimming the edges. Finally, attach new knobs to the dresser.

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    Nod to Nature

    To create a botanical-inspired dresser, cut crafts foam into different sizes of leaf shapes. Dip the leaves, lightly and one at a time, in white latex paint, blot them on cardboard, and stamp them on the dresser, dresser top, and wall in meandering patterns. (TIP: Use the tip of a small paintbrush handle to draw vein lines in the leaves while the paint is still wet.) Use a thin brush to paint on the stems. Allow the paint to dry at least 24 hours.

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    Mixed and Matched

    Why stick to just one finish when multiple can look so fabulous? Several stains create a one-of-a-kind look in this dresser revamp. Start with a basic, unfinished dresser. Then apply stains in a variety of shades to each drawer. For best results, opt for oil-base stains -- their long drying times let you stain large pieces without overlapping dry marks. A painted board attached to the top of the dresser brings the piece together and provides a flat, uniform surface.

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    Stenciled Sensation

    If you don't want to paint a wood dresser completely but still want to give it a little oomph, consider stenciling. Prep the dresser by removing knobs and cleaning the dresser. Spray stencils with stencil adhesive and align on dresser, cutting the stencils or taping off sections you don't want. We chose three teal hues in enamel semigloss paint. Using a stipple brush, dip into paint and dab off excess, then apply light coats of paint using a pouncing motion. When dry, outline images in the lightest paint color using an artists brush or a paint marker. Finish with clear polyurethane. 

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    Knotty Pine No More

    Would you believe this chic blue dresser used to be knotty pine? A fresh coat of paint turns a thrift store staple into a beautiful, sophisticated piece. Paint the dresser in a rich color, then apply a glaze to the corners for a lightly distressed look. Brass hardware completes the makeover. The best part? This update only takes one day. 

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    Two for One

    Highlight a curvy silhouette by painting the frame of a dresser one color and the drawer fronts in a contrasting color. Here, a glossy blue hugs the dresser's curves, and the drawers pop in semigloss white. Match new hardware to the frame color and your makeover is complete.

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    Serving Style

    Repurpose an old dresser as a buffet with paint and pretty paper. Remove the top drawers, and cover the cubbies with plywood. Paint the entire piece, and cover the remaining drawer fronts with paper, securing in place with wallpaper paste. And before you pitch the removed drawers to the curb, consider this bonus project: Line the inside of a drawer with paper (adhered with wallpaper paste) and hang it for a cute shelf. 

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