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Embellish a Plain Dresser With Paint

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Give a nursery or kid's room a fun burst of color. Update a boring dresser by covering the drawer fronts with paint and kid-approved stencils.

Kids' bedroom dresser makeover

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools and Materials

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Instructions

Step 1

Sand the drawer fronts with 220-grit sandpaper and then wipe off with a clean cloth. Apply primer to drawer fronts using a cabinet and door foam roller. Be sure to prime the edges of the drawer front. Allow the drawer fronts to dry for two hours.

Step 2

Paint drawer fronts and edges in Kiwi Splash using a foam roller. Follow the label's instructions for allowing the paint to dry completely. Apply a second coat of paint, let dry. Make sure to cover the sides as well as the fronts. Apply additional layers as needed to reach your desired color. Allow the final coat to dry overnight. Tip: Speed up the drying process by directing a fan at the drawers.

Step 3

Download the animal and number patterns. Enlarge the patterns to approximately 5" tall. Take the patterns to a local copy or office supply store to have them laminated.

Step 4

Use a utility knife or crafts knife to cut out laminated patterns to create stencils. Be sure to place a layer of protection over your cutting surface, such as a stack of newspapers or a cutting mat.

Step 5

Stand the drawers on their backs so the fronts are facing up. Spray the back of a stencil with one coat of spray adhesive. (Follow the manufacturer instructions for a removable bond.) Choose a location and place stencil, sticky side down, on a drawer front.

Step 6

To fill in the stencil, dip the paintbrush in a small amount of white paint. Apply paint by moving the brush up and down in a pouncing motion. Add additional layers of paint until the shape reaches your desired color. Allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next layer. Repeat with additional stencils. Use this same technique for drawer fronts two and three.

Good to Know

Apply multiple stencils at once so you can fill in a different stencil while waiting for another to dry.

Step 7

Full view of emellished dresser

Once the painted drawer fronts have completely dried, seal them with a clear satin poly-acrylic spray sealer.