Sometimes we need something pretty in our lives, but don’t want to buy anything new. Why not update that old, drab dresser sitting in the corner of your room? 

Sometimes we look around at the furniture we own and we just need a change. We need something new and pretty to look at. However, it isn’t always as easy as going out and buying new furniture to fulfill that need. Either we love the piece we have, or we don’t have the money to up and buy something brand new. A lot of the time, the piece of furniture in question is that drab old dresser sitting in the corner of your bedroom.

You don’t have to paint to update your dresser! Use wallpaper, mismatched knobs, or a decal! We'll show you how.

Posted by FurnishMyWay, LLC on Sunday, February 21, 2016

A good dresser is hard to find, and even harder to replace. So, when the urge for something new hits, and you’re looking at that dresser wishing something could be done, what are you to do? Well, today I’m going to show you 7 DIY furniture ideas to update that boring old thing and turn it into something epic without buying a whole new dresser or spending a ton of money!

One way to update that old dresser of yours is to decoupage some pretty wallpaper onto it. You can pick a subtle print that matches your current decor, or spice it up with something bold. And you can decoupage the wallpaper in a variety of ways. You might like it where the wallpaper is on everything but the drawers or maybe the drawer fronts only or perhaps all over the dresser. There are so many ways to add wallpaper. If you can’t find a wallpaper you like, you can even use fabric or scrapbook paper!

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Speaking of decoupaging things to your dresser, what about a map? I think this is an awesome idea. A lot of us probably have old, outdated maps hiding around. I think I have two or three in my car right now! And there really isn’t a lot you can do with an outdated map, why not put it to use again and plaster it to your dresser drawers?

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This would be a great update for someone who loves to travel, or even little boys and girls who love adventure. This DIY dresser would be super cute with Disney’s Up inspired bedroom decor! Because, as Ellie always said, “Adventure is out there!"

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If you aren’t big on wallpaper or decoupage, you could paint the inside of the drawers, like in this example. Doesn’t that blue just pop against the white beautifully? And the paint even matches the color of the knobs. How cool is that? You keep most of the original look of your dresser, but you have this hidden pizzazz that you see every time you open a drawer.

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You could even paint each drawer a different color and use either different shades in a color family, a rainbow, or colors that are already found in the room. This might encourage people like me who tend to, uh, forget to put their clean clothes back into their dresser after laundry day. Okay, probably not, but it’s still pretty awesome bedroom dresser decor!

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If you don’t want to paint your dresser, how about a decal? Vinyl decals can be found online or in home stores, and definitely aren’t just for your walls. There are tons of designs out there, so find one you like and stick that puppy onto your (clean) dresser for a super easy and quick update! Plus, these are easy to remove too, so when you get bored of the design, you can swap it out with a new one pretty quickly! You don’t have to do a huge decal, either. This dresser DIY can easily be done with a couple small decals on a few of the drawers, like tiny geometric shapes, flowers, or birds.

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This would be something I would like to do eventually. This update also uses a decal, but instead of sticking the decal on a dresser, they used the decal as a stencil. This would be great for those who want to keep just a smidge of the original wood color on their new, updated dresser. It’s like a reverse decal. Put the decal on the dresser where you want the design, and paint the new color completely over the entire dresser. Peel off the decal when you are done and tada! Reverse decal design. It’s not as easy to change as using the decal normally, but I just love how the original wood color looks coming though the design on this decorated dresser.

Another pretty way to update your dresser is to paint the front of the drawers. Want to have fun with it? Go for an ombre design in your favorite color. It’s less stark than if you painted the whole dresser, and ombre is in style and elegant.

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Play with the way you make the ombre too. It doesn’t have to go from light to dark from top to bottom. Switch it up. Make it go left to right, or start at a top corner and go diagonally, which is so what I would do! It would be a great twist to the classic ombre look. This is a fun DIY dresser makeover, and if you’re updating a kid’s room, you can have them help you!

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This is the type of update I have on my current dresser. I swapped out all the knobs with random ones I bought at a local craft store. None of them match. This, I think, is the easiest dresser makeover to do, and the quickest to change too. You can either buy a bunch of mismatched knobs, or paint wooden ones in random colors and screw them into the drawers. When you want a change of pace, new colors or new designs, you either repaint or swap the knobs with new ones. Pretty simple! If you aren’t into the whole mismatch trend, you can always do with one new type of knob or one color. It’s your dresser. Do with it what you want! The most important thing is that you love it and that you had fun doing it!

There you have it! 7 easy ways to dress up a drab dresser! Share this post with family and friends, and don’t forget to comment with your favorite dresser ideas! And if you happen to update your dresser, tell me how you did it. I would love to hear your stories! Stay creative, my friends!

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