How to Update a Hand Me Down Dresser

by Diane Henkler on 03/31/2011

I love gift-wrap and I also love anything and everything having to do with typefaces. So it is no surprise to me that I have had my eye on this vintage typographer gift-wrap ever since Emily over at Jones Design Company posted about it as well as many other pretty papers she uses.

Furniture Makeover Ideas

I wanted to find a way I could use this gift-wrap where I could enjoy the pattern in my daily life instead of only wrapping gifts with it and giving it away.  When I started to update my guest room I got an idea on how I could incorporate it into the room.   The gift-wrap comes in 20” x 28” sheets that cost $4.00 each.  I needed 3 to cover the top of my dresser and the drawer pulls.  You can find it here at


This piece of hand me down furniture looks nice in this photo, but the top and left side have cracks in them. It would need too much work and expense to fix , so I am going to add my own style to it using the gift-wrap and paint.


Supplies Needed

Kilz Stain Blocking Primer – Original Formula
Glass Beads -  I got mine at The Dollar Tree
Mod Podge – Matte finish
2″ -angled Purdy brush
Paint roller
Clear Glue – I usedAleene’s Platinum Bond Glass and Bead

My color scheme for the room: white, beige, tan, black, and purple.

I painted the dresser white first. The paint is a mix of whites that I had a bit of each– Sherwin Williams Creamy and Alabaster. I added them together so I would have enough to cover the dresser.    I roughed up the wood just a tiny bit with sandpaper.  Cleaned it up with a tack cloth and then rolled on two coats of Original Kilz stain blocking primer. Kilz comes in a few different formulas, but the Original one is the best in my opinion.   Let that dry and then I applied two light coats of the white paint I mixed together.  I used the best roller I could afford and an angled 2″  Purdy brush to paint the edges of each drawer and the trim on the bottom.

I didn’t like the drawer pulls, but it was not in my budget to buy new ones, so I had to come up with a way to make them more interesting.  I removed them from the dresser, washed and then spray painted them white.


Since the gift-wrap has a tan background, I wanted to add a bit of it into the pulls. They also needed a bit of contrast and I was inspired to add the flat glass beads after seeing glass number knobs at Anthropologie.

1. Cut letters out to the shape of flat glass beads.
2. Use clear glue to attach the cut-outs to the back of flat glass beads.
3.  Glue beads on to center of drawer pulls and let dry.  Rough up edges of pulls with a small piece of sandpaper.
4. Attach to the dresser.


Adhering the Giftwrap

1.  Use Mod Podge to attach the sheets of gift-wrap to the top of the dresser. I figured out the placement of the gift-wrap first and then spread a thick coat of Mod Podge on the top of the dresser where the first sheet would go.

2.   Line up the paper and leave enough to turn over to the underside of the top.  Lay the sheet on and then use your brush and spread more Mod Podge on top of the paper.

3.  Make sure you press out all the air bubbles.  If you get an air bubble and you can’t remove it. Carefully cut the paper with a mat knife and then use the tip of the knife to hold the paper up so you can get some Mod Podge under the section.  Press it back down and smooth it over. Once it is dry you won’t notice. When using Mod Podge – especially on large pieces you are going to get a few wrinkles, but in this case – they look good  – like leather.   Use your brush or fingers to make sure that the gift-wrap is adhered to the underside of top.

4.  Repeat the process for each sheet of gift-wrap. I had to piece the back section as the sheets were not as deep as my dresser.  On the corners I left the excess hang over and then cut a diagonal line to the corner then turned the excess under and used more Mod Podge to make sure it adhered.


5.  After the first coat of Mod Podge was dry, I added a second coat.






I am thrilled with the way it came out. The most expensive part was the gift-wrap that cost me just under $15 with the shipping.

The glass beads were $1.00 for a pouch filled with them that I found at The Dollar Tree.



To learn how I attached the mirrors above the dresser in a 3D effect. you   You will find it:

How to Create a 3D Mirror Gallery Wall


More Furniture Makeovers

Before and After Round Table with Woven Strips of Giftwrap

Trash to Dollar Store Treasure Dresser

Or see myFurniture Makeover Project Gallery



{ 149 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anita @ GoingalittleCoastal March 31, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Diane, what a great idea. I think I need to do something like this to my son’s old dresser. Just need to find some paper that he will agree too. What a difference!


2 Chrissie March 31, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I love how you made the hardware! What a great idea!


3 Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants March 31, 2011 at 11:13 pm

This looks great! I’m thinking the black and white checks really pull it all together. Can’t wait to see the whole room!


4 Coastal Femme March 31, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Hi Diane ,
The dresser is gorgeous, What a great way to use a unique wrapping paper and the drawer pulls are the “icing on the cake” I like the black and white theme and can’t wait to see the whole room. What a difference painting the bed made too!


5 Kim March 31, 2011 at 11:35 pm

I love it!


6 Sarah March 31, 2011 at 11:57 pm

LOVE it! What a cute giftwrap. And I’m so glad I saw this post because I want to try using the tooth picks. Painting the hardware is always a pain. Thanks for the tips! And love the frames you hung.


7 tammy April 1, 2011 at 12:28 am

the dresser is perfect. and i love the mirrors hung over it! how did you layer them like that? it looks great. thanks for sharing this at my party!


8 Michael at Blue Vevet Chair April 1, 2011 at 3:35 am

Absolutely love the top! What an inspiration.


9 Sharon April 1, 2011 at 6:15 am

Wow, I love it! What a neat idea.


10 Madigan at madiganmade April 1, 2011 at 6:45 am

A. That is great paper… what fabulous inspiration.
B. Love the dresser! The details you added are perfect.
C. I need to find out more about that gallery wall. (off to read more!)

Wonderful job! I love it.


11 Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions April 1, 2011 at 7:24 am

The dresser looks so good, Diane! What a great paper and I love how it looks on the top. Wonderful idea to incorporate the letters into the handles. This is a beautiful transformation!


12 Diana K April 1, 2011 at 7:25 am

Diane-That looks fantastic. I love the way it came out…..very, very clever..and it matches everything beautifully. Thanks for the tip on spray painting the pulls. I have usually tried to hang them from something~ Hugs- Diana


13 Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. April 1, 2011 at 8:14 am

What a fun update! I love that wrapping paper. Great hardware. And I am totally going to use your toothpick trick – thank you!


14 tracie April 1, 2011 at 8:29 am



15 Christine April 1, 2011 at 8:31 am

I love it friend!!! Great job! My furniture never turns out quite this well:)


16 Beverly @ The Buzz April 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Beautiful. Love the way it turned out. And it looks so good with the mirrors above.


17 Life with Kaishon April 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Wow! You did an outstanding job. This looks amazing! So glad you joined Philly Social Media Moms. Welcome. Delightful to meet you! : )


18 Colleen April 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Oh My Word (Pun Totally Intended!) Awesome!!!


19 Alissa April 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Visiting from Philly Social Media Moms and I know I’ll be visiting often! Love your projects.


20 debi9kids April 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Oh wow. I am so totally in love with the finished project. Very nice!

Going to have to book-mark your blog :) LOVE your ideas!

ps Popping over from Philly Social Media Moms.


21 Mod Podge Amy April 1, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I absolutely LOVE that paper and your treatment on those handles is awesome!


22 Julie April 1, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Very cute & original!!!


23 Carrie April 1, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I love how you went beyond just painting the dresser and really put your creative energy into making it look totally different! Well done!

{found you through PSMM, welcome to the group!}


24 Candice April 1, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Oh wow, I love the dresser so much! And thank you for the tip to wedge the toothpick in the drawer pulls. I tried to repaint some without doing that and it was a disaster. I can’t wait to redo them now!!


25 Alison April 1, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Hi, I’m a new follower! Coming over from Philly Social Media Moms! I’m a new-ish member myself…I mostly lurk since that’s all I seem to have time to do! Skim the posts, no time to comment! :)

I wanted to say, I love your dresser makeover! I have a small end table that resembles your before photo (freebie from side of the road!) that is in desperate need of a make over. Any suggestions for a first time furniture painter (painting some old chairs this month)?


26 Carol-Anne: Use the Good Dishes! April 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Holy Crap! This is bloody amazing….! (excuse the language, but it just looks amazing.)


27 Courtney April 1, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Awesome, love it! Think that my favorite feature is the glass beads w/letters on it, inspired!!


28 Kelsey April 1, 2011 at 10:49 pm

This turned out SO cool! I love typography too. I should totally do this to my hubby’s dresser. Great job!


29 Lucy Designs April 1, 2011 at 11:47 pm

this looks awesome! I love the toothpick tip for the handles too…bookmarking that one in my head!


30 Korrie@RedHenHome April 1, 2011 at 11:59 pm

That is SOOOOO CUUUUTTTTTEEE! I love the way you dressed up the pulls as well. Great work!


31 Kim April 2, 2011 at 12:43 am

WOW WOW WOW…I am SOOOOO in love with this dresser. i just painted and distressed a white dresser in my bedroom, but it needs a little umph…I think I am stealing your idea! THANKS!!!!


32 Sherry April 2, 2011 at 1:08 am

This dresser looks absolutely beautiful! What a great idea, thanks for sharing.



33 Nicole W. April 2, 2011 at 1:35 am

Your dresser turned out beautifully! I love, love, love it! Thanks for sharing your great tutorial, visiting from Tatertots & Jello


34 Funky Junk Interiors April 2, 2011 at 2:47 am

Awesome Diane! That topper is so beautiful against my most fav wall ever. :)



35 Becky U April 2, 2011 at 3:14 am

This has to be one of the prettiest dressers I’ve ever seen. Beautiful!!


36 Glycérine April 2, 2011 at 4:01 am

wow.. wonderful !!!


37 Seven Valley Hill April 2, 2011 at 5:29 am

Oh. My. Gosh.
A. I love Emily Jones Design Co. too!
B. LOVE this dresser
C. totally copying it.
D. found you on Tatertots and Jello weekend party thingy.
and one more…. E. GREAT idea about the toothpicks! genius.


38 Seven Valley Hill April 2, 2011 at 5:30 am

oh and p.s. I’m desperate for that wall of mirrors behind it!!! GREAT job!


39 KSacavage April 2, 2011 at 7:43 am

The dresser in my daughter’s room (who is off to college) is waiting for a “redo” such as this. It looks fabulous!


40 Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home April 2, 2011 at 7:52 am

This came out great!! I hope you’ll share it at my linky party going on all weekend!


41 Heather @ Local Fun for Kids April 2, 2011 at 8:59 am

That is really beautiful. I saw your message on PSMM and wanted to stop by. You have a fabulous site with so many great ideas!


42 cris April 2, 2011 at 9:58 am

Amazing!! So so so cool!! I have an older dresser in my soon’s room.. I might try that! Her team is CARS so maybe I can get a checkered wrapping paper!!! Thanks for sharing!! I am now a stylish follower!!


43 Emma B April 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

I am a new follower, I just had to say how beautiful your dresser turned out! I love it :)


44 Sommer April 2, 2011 at 10:26 am

Diane what an incredible piece! I love the paper and the sticky things on the drawer pulls! I’d love to have you link this to my VIP party today!


45 Lori April 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I loooooooooove the dresser! Fantastic makeover! Now I’m off to find some of that cool paper….


46 Marriah @ My Life Unzipped April 2, 2011 at 12:15 pm

wow. that came out so great. I love the buttons.


47 Vivienne @ The V Spot April 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm

This is a fantastic make-over! Thanks so much for the tip about the toothpicks. I refinish a lot of furniture and I have never tried this. Brilliant! I love the little glass beads on the pulls and the top is fantastic. Here from SAS


48 Kim April 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I LOVE how it turned out!!! What a great idea!!


49 Gabriella {sensiblyluxe} April 2, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Ohmygoodness, what a transformation! I would buy that dresser from a shop in a millisecond.


50 Brooke @ Inside-Out Design April 2, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Wow, this looks amazing!!! I love this paper but I would NEVER use something this nice to wrap gifts in. :) Paper this pretty deserves so much more than to be trashed after a party. Thanks so much for inspiring me!! I bought some wrapping paper a few weeks ago to cover our ugly filing cabinet with. Now thanks to you I’m motivated to get started!


51 Becca April 2, 2011 at 7:45 pm

This is perfection. I absolutely love it.


52 Diane @ home sweet homemade April 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Fabulous job! I love your paper selection for the dresser top and the creative way you embellished the drawer pulls! Splendid!


53 laurie April 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Soooooo cool, Diane! Luv the tip on painting the handles! What an incredibly creative and unique dresser!!!

xoxo laurie


54 michelle@decorandthedog April 2, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Very cute and unique idea!


55 Nola April 3, 2011 at 1:10 am

Love the new look! What a wonderful way to dress up an old dresser!!!


56 Myra @ The Casabella Project April 3, 2011 at 1:15 am

AMAZING job!!! I’m featuring your dresser makeover this week on my blog! :)


57 Janine April 3, 2011 at 8:30 am

Outstanding!! I love this dresser and also the rest of the guest room—what a tremendous job you did!! Wow!! The colors you chose for the room and the dresser itself are just stunning. (came here from Mod Podge Rocks)


58 beth April 3, 2011 at 10:47 am

Oh, my goodness!! I love that! I never would have thought to do anything like that. Very clever!!
Hope you have a great day.


59 madison avenue April 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm

wow! this is AMAZING!!!! when i saw it my jaw literally dropped! i love how it became so light opposed to a dark clump of furniture. i love how you did the pulls with the glass letters and i LOVE how you put a design on the top of the dresser! everything flows together sooo well i wish i had this in my house :) i also really like the way you layered your mirrors on the wall, it looks really nice. p.s. im your newest follower!!


60 Amanda @ Serenity Now April 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Gasping! LOVE this makeover!! The dressertop is just amazing. Nice work, and a great tutorial!

Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. :) Hope you’ll visit me at Serenity Now again soon! :)


61 Krystine April 4, 2011 at 10:30 am

That looks so good! You did such a great job!


62 Stacey of Embracing Change April 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm

That is a super cool idea – love it! nice job!


63 ANDREA April 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Wonderful Job!!! Great inspiration!!! Love it!


64 Donna April 8, 2011 at 6:23 pm

It is absolutely beautiful. I have a spare bedroom that is in desperate need of updating with the same kind of dresser as yours. I just love it. Thank you for sharing.


65 Angela April 25, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Very cool idea!


66 Kristina Abernathy April 29, 2011 at 6:13 pm

I love it! I have a very similar dresser, and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with it. You’ve inspired me – Thanks!


67 Diane April 29, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Hi Kristina-

I think my dresser is from the 50′s from Ethan Allen. I loved the Typography gift wrap and knew I had to find a way to use it. I just saw it used inside the firebox in a mantel on Design Sponge.


68 David May 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm

OMG! Inspired!


69 Diane May 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Hi David- Thanks. It was always just a “hand me down” and now it is one of my favorite pieces of furniture.


70 Elfy June 9, 2011 at 8:20 am

Lovely and very clever!


71 Federica June 20, 2011 at 2:37 am

I love it!!


72 fajas colombianas June 30, 2011 at 11:42 am

Amazing transformation, your idea is brilliant!


73 yup yuppers July 2, 2011 at 12:47 am

I thought the dresser was beautiful the way it was. The wood was a gorgeous color. I could understand maybe redoing the hardware, and I like the mirrors above it. I do not get the letter theme and the point of painting over such a natural beauty.


74 Diane July 5, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Hi Yup Yuppers-
The wood looks ok in the photo, but it was badly faded and the top had a crack on one side that goes down on an angle along one side. There were also few water rings and damage when perfume was spilled on it years ago. I could have refinished it but that is too hard of a job with too many chemicals.
Since it was a hand me down that I never truly liked and was not worth much on the resale market – I decided to put some of my own style into it. I am a lover of typography and the letter giftwrap lets me enjoy seeing type in unexpected places. Painting it makes the room look much more coordinated and brighter. I do like the simplicity of a nice piece of wood furniture against a white wall. I have another dresser like this one and a highboy in another bedroom that has a much nicer patina that I love and will never paint.


75 Beverly {Flamingo Toes} July 2, 2011 at 1:02 am

Found this through StumbleUpon and had to stop and say how much I love it!! The top is perfect – but I especially love the hardware. The white is perfect too! Great job!


76 Sadie Lascelles July 3, 2011 at 2:23 am

seeing this DIY project actually inspired me to refurbish my dresser i’ve had my whole life. Thanks for the idea ! It’s a really fun and exciting project (:


77 Diane July 5, 2011 at 8:25 pm

HI Sadie-

Thanks. It will be nice to give new life to something that you have had for so long. Being able to add your own personality to it will make it extra special to you now.


78 TBeads July 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm

This is such an awesome idea! Beautiful work.


79 DDekor July 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Awesome, i love it!!


80 Sarah July 19, 2011 at 11:07 pm

I love this dresser. You did a fantastic job and it is so creative. We’ve been trying to come up with an inexpensive way to dress-up our dresser and this may be perfect! Thanks so much.


81 jessie jacques July 24, 2011 at 7:49 pm

As soon as I saw this, I ran out and bought a can of paint. I have the same dresser/buffet, and just had to re-do mine. Thank you so much for your inspiration.



82 Lee Ann G. July 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Thank you for sharing.
Lee Ann


83 JT August 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Love this dresser, but I would advise against using Mod-Podge as a finish on any kind of functional furniture.

It looks good right after you finish your project, but it doesn’t stand up to heat, moisture or scuffing.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a suggestion of a better product to use, but I just wanted to share my own experience with Mod-Podge on furniture. Just doesn’t last.


84 Yvette August 17, 2011 at 7:27 am

Beautiful!!! How did you get the wrapping paper not to bubble? That’s what happened to me when I modpodged a kids table with wrapping paper.


85 Diane August 17, 2011 at 8:54 am

Hi Yvette-

The gift wrap I used was a higher quality than most. It is a tad bit thicker or in paper terms it has more weight. It is the kind you can buy in sheets, not rolls. Thin giftwrap from say the dollar store is very thin and will wrinkle. Even with the thicker wrap – I use very light coats of Mod Podge instead of one or two thick coats, but the real key is using heavier weight gift wrap or paper. I have used thinner and it does wrinkle, but if you put on light coats of Mod Podge and let it dry between coats the wrinkling goes away as it dries. Another thing to remember is to glue the back side of the paper down first and make sure there are no air bubbles in it. Then go over the top. I have also had success with brown kraft paper, old book pages, and the double sided gift wrap that kids sell as fund raisers – all of these are heavier weight paper – that is the key.


86 Trish February 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm

what about scrapbook paper…12×12 sheets? would those work?


87 Diane February 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Hi Trish-
Yes – scrapbook paper would work perfectly. The sheets, not the cardstock type – that would be too thick.


88 Melissa August 19, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Your blog is such an inspiration! So many great ideas. Thank you!


89 AM September 16, 2011 at 11:57 am

Goodness, you ruined it.


90 AM September 16, 2011 at 11:59 am

btw, nice blog though.. great stuff overall.


91 Elizabeth September 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm

The pattern of the gift wrap is too repetitive and boxy… The idea is great, but the execution is horrible. You destroyed a beautiful piece of furniture. I’m sure will see this ten years from now in “How to get ugly wrapping paper off a hand-me-down dresser.”


92 Jane October 30, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I have a dresser just like this one. They are a dime a dozen. You can pick them up for nothing on Craig’s List. I don’t think Diane will ever be sorry she did this. It is absolutely lovely & unique. And if she tires of it, I think its evident she has the creative talent to transform it once again!


93 yvette September 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Wow, elizabeth, that was mean! Didnt your mother teach you “if you dont have anything nice to say, dont say anything at all”? I think the dresser looks great. You did a nice job. You can tell you took your time.


94 yvette September 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm

And note that her blog is called “in my own style”


95 Diane September 28, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Hi Yvette-

Thanks for the nice comment -and notice of my blog title :) Much appreciated!


96 Lorraine Padden September 29, 2011 at 7:24 pm

What a wonderfully simple makeover. I think I could pull this off. Faabulous.


97 Jennifer October 5, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Just beautiful, I have a similar dresser to redo so i just may have to “steal” this idea. Love it!


98 Shauna@ Satori Design for Living January 20, 2012 at 10:02 am

What a fantastic idea. The dresser looks 100 times better!


99 Trish January 29, 2012 at 9:03 pm

I already have the dresser…LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your ideas!! Keep them coming!!!!


100 Roadster February 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Tell me – will the the top be waterproof after the two coats of Mod Podge? I am thinking of using this for classroom furniture. Thanks


101 Diane February 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm

It won’t be waterproof, but wipe-able with out the paper getting damaged. I have a little table in my living room that I have done the same way. I have placed hot tea cups and have spilled drinks on it. At first – I see a ring or a buckle in the paper, but once it dries – they are gone.

If you would like to make the furniture truly waterproof you could use a water-based polyurethane over it. 2-3 coats would do the trick. It may darken the paper just a bit, but it will give you a waterproof finish.


102 Renee February 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Oh my goodness….I am so very hooked to your site & ideas thank you so much for sharing not only what you do but how you do it! Loving what I am seeing today & loving that I found your site!


103 Lapidus February 18, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Like first,the name of a blog is a famous. Collection of this pictures are very interesting.I need one thing in my room like on pics.


104 Andrea Arch February 22, 2012 at 9:31 pm

First of all, that paper choice is amazing. Secondly, great idea to spruce up the drawer handles. Lastly, overall great job! I can’t wait until garage sale season is here to be able to refurbish some furniture using gift wrap!


105 Michelle February 23, 2012 at 1:39 am

I love the way the dresser came out. I love the mirrors you arranged above it. How did you do the different layers?


106 Diane February 29, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Hi Michelle – Thanks -you can see the tutorial for how I did the 3D Gallery Wall here:


107 Diane - It's All Good Until You Burn Dinner February 23, 2012 at 11:21 pm

I am in love with this dresser! I just don’t know if I could pull it off but it sure gets the creative wheels turning in my head! Thanks for the great idea and pics!


108 Morgan @ A Bright Idea February 25, 2012 at 8:39 am

This turned out so great! And very unique. I have a dresser that I’ve been thinking about painting – this gives me some ideas. Love your blog, will definitely be back. I’m over at if you ever want to pop in! -Morgan


109 Melodie @ thReaDs~n~StUFf February 29, 2012 at 8:49 pm

This is amazing! I love it, and am SO inspired, I am getting ready to place an order for the paper and am doing the top of a coffee table….can’t wait! Thanks for sharing!!


110 Samantha April 28, 2012 at 1:19 am

I have some questions. First, you put a layer of the mod podge on top of the wrapping paper as well? Does that prevent the paper from tearing? I have been looking for something to make a kitchen island, and can’t find any laminate that I actually like, would this be capable of holding up against daily kitchen uses? I think this is an amazing design, and would love to use something similar!


111 Diane April 28, 2012 at 10:44 am

Hi Samantha-

Mod Podge on a kitchen counter would not hold up in the long run. I would not do it. I only use it on furniture that just needs dusting or a damp rag to wipe clean. If you would like to use the gift wrap you would have to seal it with a few coats of polyurethane. This will protect it, but it also will darken the paper. It will end up looking a brown-orange color and ruin the look. There are water based polyurethanes that don’t yellow, but a kitchen counter takes lots of abuse and I think that there are better options to re-doing a counter. Have you looked into the Rustoleum brand kitchen counter paints. There are 16 colors and comes in a kit. There are a few colors to choose. Here is a link describing what it is and does:


112 Samantha April 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Thank you so much, that is super helpful. I was originally just going to do laminate, but I haven’t found any laminate I enjoy. With the paint, I could do an interesting design


113 Jules Klimek April 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I have a dresser that has been doing it’s job holding clothes, but looks boring and ugly! I will try this!


114 Angela May 15, 2012 at 8:53 am

This is such a gorgeous dresser. I used your tips and did one in my bedroom. It turned out so pretty. Thanks for such a great post!


115 Moi May 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm

The dresser looked better before you made it over


116 TheAL May 22, 2012 at 10:48 am

It’s beautiful. What a cool idea, and completely doable. It’s like a completely new piece! I’m also quite fond of the mirror arrangement. :)


117 Brittany May 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Wow! I’m very impressed with the way this turned out, and for only $15.00! That is awesome. It looks fantastic, and I love the decor on and around it, it’s all so perfect. Good job!! ;)


118 JewSunStar May 29, 2012 at 4:31 am

Hello Diane, I love the new look and your creation. I think i’m falling in love with your blog. lol :)


119 Alert Electrical May 31, 2012 at 5:19 am

Really inspirational – I have an ugly white Ikea dresser in my bedroom and am trying to think of some way to brighten it up – something along the lines of this is perfect! And the glass beads with letters idea is just so unique


120 Becky June 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Hi there, Inspired by your dresser, I am working on a book shelf for my daughter’s room. i just have one question: How much mod podge did you need for this?


121 Diane June 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Hi Becky -

Two 16 oz bottles will be enough.


122 Jenny June 28, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Oh my… I love this finished project more than I can say. You did a fantastic job Diane!


123 Grey July 9, 2012 at 4:27 am

I prefer it as it was.
I give the new design 1 year and you will be sick of it.


124 Jackie July 13, 2012 at 11:24 am

And if she is, not too difficult to change out the paper on top. I like it


125 Jackie July 13, 2012 at 11:22 am

Great job ! This is fantastic.


126 Karen August 1, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I love it I tried it with a different pattern and it came out excellent I will put it on face book for my friends and family to see. Thanks for the ideal


127 Anomonster August 3, 2012 at 1:55 am

this website has made me depressed, I find it terribly sad that someone made this in the first place, and then I scroll down expecting to see a column of comments reflecting my point of view and instead I see a whole lot of praise! What is the world coming to!? Seriously it’s 2012 and people still haven’t developed a sense of style!! I hope to god I don’t ever have to stay in a room so tacky. And srsly laughing over the mirror placement too….. what happened to intelligent design – this must be an American blog.


128 Architecture Linked August 18, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Beautiful work! I love the mirrors on the wall, too. Great eye for design!


129 Andrea August 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm

I liked your idea to use the typography gift wrap that I did the same thing! Thank you so much for sharing your project!


130 natasha August 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Hi I was wondering what type of roller did you use I’m waiting for my primer to dry…. I hate brushes…. I need a roller
thanks for the great posts!!!


131 Diane August 26, 2012 at 11:49 am

Hi Natasha – I like foam rollers or high quality low nap rollers. You can see a photo of the brushes and rollers I use in this post.

They offer a smooth finish. It may take a little getting used to -as you can’t roll on with too much pressure or you will see roller edge lines and bubbles may show up with a foam roller if you press to hard. Just roll over the surface very lightly and if you do see a roller edge line show up – just roll over it gently to remove it. Most bubbles will go away on their own. If not – make sure to sand lightly and clean off the grit with a tack cloth between coats to smooth out the surface before applying the next coat of paint. If you have a nice dry 75 degree day out or are painting in an air conditioned space your paint and primer will dry fast.


132 Carole October 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm

That is so cool on the dresser top!

I recently came across this paper at a local paper store (not giving the name because I don’t want to lose my source! lol). As a paper artist and typography lover, I had to have a sheet. I used mine for wall art, but I love this!


133 LaRee B. October 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I’ve had this post up on my browser for about a week now, and I finally mod podged some fancy giftwrap to an old sewing table that I picked up for free from a neighbor. Thank you so much for the inspiration!


134 Jen November 7, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I love this idea. Thank you so much for sharing. My dresser is on the front porch drying from my second coat of primer and my luxe paper arrived in the mail today. Im kinda stuck on what color to paint the dresser thou.
This is the paper I chose. I was thinking an antique white. My bedroom is a light light blue. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


135 Diane Henkler November 8, 2012 at 7:39 am

Hi Jen – Love your paper! You are going to have one pretty dresser. I think I would paint it the blue color in the paper. If the piece has a lot of nice detailing on it, maybe even apply a light glaze over it with the grey brown color to bring out the details. If it is too much blue because your room is blue – antique white will look just as nice, but I think lightly glazing over it with one of the colors in the paper will add more character to the piece. Either way it will look very nice. I would ask myself – What color would create a better color balance with the rest of the elements in the room?


136 Alanna November 25, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I was so inspired by this project that I found my own wrapping paper that looks like sheet music and put it over my hideous counter tops in my kitchen that I have been wanting to replace forever! I just finished the first coat and it came out great!! Thank you for the awesome idea and the “how to” instructions!!


137 Susie @ December 10, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Ok, this is amazing. I am in love with that dresser! What an inspiration you are! I have an old little dresser I could do this too! Thank you so much. When ever I stop by your site I am blown away each time.


138 Lisa February 13, 2013 at 10:59 am

I came across your blog today.. let me tell you. It is ‘awesome’. I love it! The details, so concise, nothing held back and easy to follow. Great job! Keep it up :)


139 dekor March 8, 2013 at 8:26 am

Has been designed in an incredibly beautiful thank you for sharing.


140 Jenn May 8, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I did this and I found that spray adhesive won’t bubble the paper. Thanks for the inspiration! I picked up a nice enough bureau from a junk store and turned it into an amazing piece of furniture that I’m just in LOVE with! I put a few coats of Minwax’s Polycrylic on top to seal it. It dries clear, so no yellowing :)


141 Adrienne June 1, 2013 at 1:12 pm

You did a great job on this! I just redid some of our cabinets and old hardware on our drawers and it made such a difference. But I think the paper top is a genius idea!


142 Kristyn June 13, 2013 at 4:19 am

Again another great idea! Question…How easy would it be to change the paper on the dresser top if it became worn??


143 Diane Henkler June 13, 2013 at 11:01 am

Hi Kristyn – No harder than removing wallpaper from a wall. Wet it well and then let it sit for about 10 minutes, then you can peel it off. A large Spackle knife would be handy to get under the paper when you first start to remove it. Once that is done, it should come off easy. I would sand any residue smooth with a sanding block.


144 Jill June 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Hi, I am refinishing an old dresser with hardware that looks similar to what’s on this dresser. Recently I was looking at the hardware and it doesn’t appear to be screwed on with regular screws. Since I can’t see the backs of yours to see how they are held in place, I’m not sure how these were held in place on your dresser. But can you tell me how you removed them and just ignore me if they were secured in place with screws.


145 Diane Henkler June 17, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Hi Jill – The pulls were screwed in from the back of the drawer front. Your pulls may be inset – you would have to pry them out of the front. There could also be a backing against the back of the drawer front. See if there is a seam along the top of the drawer that you can pry off to reveal the screws.


146 Rebecca July 7, 2013 at 1:44 pm

I tried this on my own and it worked GREAT! I gave my foyer a whole new makeover with this piece. Thank you for all the inspiration!


147 Nicole July 19, 2013 at 10:39 am

Thank you! I love the clear glass bead idea.


148 michelle August 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Absolutly amazing job !!! I love what you did. Im in the same predicament with my dresser, same size as yours….just what i was looking for!!!! I am inspired….thank you..


149 Karen September 24, 2013 at 10:51 am

I like the way you lightened up and transformed your dresser! I especially like the mirror collage on your wall above the dresser. That is really a great idea!


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