Stenciled Dresser

This project was a birthday present for my mom. She was updating a room in the house into her crafting/quilting room and wanted a dresser to hold all her quilting materials. It took me a while to find the perfect dresser, causing this present to be a few weeks late. It was definitely worth the wait! I found it at the Salvation Army and was originally told it was $20. I couldn’t get a hold of my mom, however, so had to come back later after I got her approval. Thankfully it was still there. When I went to pay for it, the cashier asked her coworker how much it was and I was shocked to hear her respond $50. The woman who I spoke with earlier was there and I was grateful she chimed in. Apparently their manager had wanted them to price it at $50 but somehow that message got relayed improperly. They honored what they told me earlier and told me I was getting a steal. A guy had come in earlier and looked at it, but declined when he heard the $50 price tag. This dresser was meant for me!


This dresser is super sturdy and has great bones. I just love the shape of it and couldn’t wait to start the transformation. I started by adding a couple coats of primer.

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One of the down falls of starting this blog and all my projects is my work space. I’ve been working on our porch, but now that the snow is right around the corner, I’m not going to freeze my behind off in the cold. Luckily with this project, I was only painting, and I could continue inside in our spare bedroom.


My mom wanted the dresser painted cream and it took about 3 coats to get it evenly covered. She had mentioned she might want a design painting on it as well, which made me nervous because I am a terrible free hand painter. While I was at Home Depot buying the paint, I stumbled across the Martha Stewart collection and found the perfect stencil and gold accent paint to use on the drawers.

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I can’t remember the last time I used a stencil like this and was a little nervous about the way it would turn out. It’s definitely tricky to not let the paint get underneath and go outside the lines. There were a few imperfections but nothing that ruined the design, only added character 🙂


I originally thought I was going to replace the hardware, or spray paint what it came with black. But after it was all painted and I held them up to the drawers, they actually went quite well with the new look. I decided to keep them as is and screwed them back in.


I lugged this baby home with me this past weekend to give to my mom and she absolutely loved it! I think it looks wonderful in it’s new home!


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