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Painted Pattern Drawer Fronts

Revive worn furniture fast with a downloadable stenciled pattern and easy-to-use spray paint.

Nightstand with painted drawer fronts

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Circle compass
  • Ruler or measuring tape and straightedge
  • 180-grit sandpaper


  • 10-ft x 12-in white shelf liner, #223760
  • 2 – satin-nickel rectangular cabinet pulls, #361766
  • Valspar spray paint: Brushed Rose, Naivete White

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Project Resources


Step 1

Some drawer fronts can be detached from the drawer boxes, making them easier to paint. After removing the hardware, check for two screws on the inside front of the drawer box. Remove them to free the drawer front from the box. Then mark the hidden face of the drawer front to show which edge goes up and whether this is a top, middle, bottom, left, or right drawer in the piece of furniture. Repeat for the other drawer fronts as needed in this step and the ones that follow. If the drawer front doesn’t detach, mask off each drawer box from its front using painter’s tape and heavy paper.

Step 2

Sand the drawer front smooth with 180-grit sandpaper and wipe clean. Spray-paint the drawer the color you want the flower petals (Brushed Rose shown).

Step 3

Lay out circles on the drawer liner

Cut a piece of shelf liner about 6 inches longer than the drawer width. Trace the drawer-front shape on the shelf liner. Then mark centerlines the width and height of the drawer-front tracing to find the drawer center. Set a compass to the height of the drawer, and starting with the center circle, lay out circles as shown on the Drawer-Front Stencil Guide. (Leave the compass set at this spacing when you’re done.)

Good to Know

You’ll cut along the pencil lines, so make them as thin as possible.

Step 4

Cut out the football-shaped petals

Begin cutting out the football-shaped parts of the design one circle at a time.

Step 5

Apply shelf liner petals to the drawer

Beginning at the center of the drawer, use the compass to lightly draw circles side by side along the width of the drawer front. Peel off the back of each shelf liner petal and apply it at the inside edge of the circle. Press them flat against the drawer front. At the ends, fold the petals over to mask the ends of the drawer.

Step 6

Spray-paint the drawer front over the shelf-liner patterns

Spray-paint the drawer front a contrasting color (Naivete White shown). Repeat with as many light coats as needed to cover the previous coat.

Step 7

Peel off the shelf liner pieces

After the final coat of paint dries, carefully peel off the shelf liner pieces to reveal the pattern. Carefully erase any pencil lines.

Step 8

Reattach the drawer hardware or add new hardware. If the drawer has a detachable front, reattach it to the drawer box. Estimated cost: $17 for two drawers (furniture not included).

Good to Know

An advantage of this pattern is that stacked drawers form diagonal patterns of the football shape.