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Dressy Drawers

Paul and I have one grandchild, Cameron, who is almost 6, and a granddaughter, Kenzie on the way. Since we have 4 daughters, grandchildren (hopefully lots of them) are in our future, and we decided to turn a spare room into a nursery/kid’s room. As I started planning out the room, I placed the layout of everything in my mind, taking mental inventory of what I already had vs. what I still needed. Crib? Check. Toy Box? Check. Dresser? Uh-oh, no dresser. After days of looking at various furniture stores with no luck finding exactly what I wanted, I decided to check out Craigslist and stumbled upon this little antique beauty for $50 bucks. Bingo! That was the dresser I wanted. It needed a little TLC, but it was in great condition.

We picked it up the next day and got started on it right away (since I am so impatient). I decided to match the twin bed we have for Cameron, and go with an eggshell black for the outside of the dresser.

Being that this was going in a kids’ room though, it needed a little POP so I decided to paint and Mod Podge the drawers with fabric.

You know me, I can’t do anything as simple as just paint, so here’s what I did:

I started out by painting the inside bottom of the drawer with a funky mustard color.

I didn’t need an entire quart, so I got two Behr paint samples at Home Depot and it was enough to do all the drawers with two coats. Home Depot will custom mix any color you want.



Next were the fabric sides: The drawers are curved and are various sizes so I figured the best way to not make too many mistakes cutting my fabric, was to make a paper pattern. I grabbed the roll of paper off of the art easel in the kids’ room. (However, any roll of paper would work fine. It costs more, but you could even wrap aluminum foil around the drawer side and shape your pattern that way.) I wrapped the paper on the sides and traced the outline with a pencil. Afterwards, I used a right angle to make my lines a little straighter, then cut out my fabric. You can use this same pattern for the other drawer side. However, don’t forget to flip it opposite. Yeah, I made an “oops” the first time.


I then used a sponge applicator and applied Mod Podge to the outside and inside of the drawer sides. Then I carefully placed the fabric on and smoothed it out. Don’t worry about getting Mod Podge all over. Be as neat as possible, but it does dry clear. We used the matte finish. Let the Mod Podge dry for 15 minutes, then completely cover the fabric’s top side with Mod Podge again. This seals the fabric into the two layers. The top coat is optional, but I did not want a fabric surface prone to stains. Repeat this process on each drawer until you’re done. Get creative! You can use different print fabrics or even do this with a pretty print paper.


Last was the hardware: When we bought the dresser the old hardware was pretty tarnished and needed to be cleaned. I scrubbed them with a paste made up from fresh squeezed lemon juice and baking soda and they cleaned right up!

In total with all the supplies, the dresser cost me $58.37.


This was way cheaper and a lot more unique than any new dresser I could find. 

And there you have it! What do you think?