Midcentury Dresser Makeover

Hi there! I’m Sarah from 702 Park Project and I’m so excited to be sharing my first post on Diana’s lovely blog today!

I found this sad little dresser at the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore and for some reason it just spoke to me.  It was crying out, “Save me! I can be pretty again, I promise!”  Well it won me over and I’m so glad it did.  This makeover turned out to be one of the easiest I’ve ever done, and it turned this forgotten piece into a statement piece!

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Because the front of the drawers were a really cheap material with a thin wood veneer, I didn’t feel bad about covering those guys up. All I needed for this quick and easy makeover was a roll of wallpaper, spray on adhesive, scissors, and furniture polish.

I chose a plain white wallpaper to give the piece a sleek and sophisticated look, but any wallpaper would do. I found an old roll that had been opened at the local hardware store and ended up getting the whole roll for $5.

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The steps are pretty easy. First, you measure out the correct size for the piece of wallpaper you need. We did this by laying the wallpaper on top of the face of the drawer and creasing it around the edges.  With a steady hand, cut the wallpaper, then spray the adhesive onto the drawer front and stick on the wallpaper. Easy, right?

The last step is rubbing a dark furniture polish into the top and sides of the dresser to give the entire piece a uniform look.

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This entire project, including the dresser, cost less than $50 and took about an hour.

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