How to Update a Dresser with Paintable Wallpaper


Today I’m revisiting one of my first favorite makeovers that’s almost 3 years old now.  I can’t believe so much time has passed already!  I forgot how much I like this look and I need to use this technique again when I find the right piece.

This is a the story of an unfinished wood dresser with vintage hardware, and even the green crayon inside didn’t detract from it’s potential.  It was pretty much a blank slate.

Dresser makeover with paintable wallpaper - by Girl in the Garage

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It needed a lot of work and creativity so I sanded it and then pulled out my paintable wallpaper that I used last year on the front of this armoire (which is still being used every day in our bedroom, by the way).  I measured, cut panels for the sides of the dresser, and then for the drawer fronts.  It’s better to cut too big than too small, because you can easily trim off the excess paper with an exacto knife.

How to update a dresser with paintable wallpaper - by Girl in the Garage

Then I glued the wallpaper on with matte Mod Podge.  Normally when I use Mod Podge I also apply a layer or two over the top of the paper but I didn’t this time since it was going to be painted anyway.

How to update a dresser with paintable wallpaper - by Girl in the Garage

Next I painted it all in Paris Grey Chalk Paint.  Let me just say this – paintable wallpaper is a very cool thing.  It can make something boring look fabulous.  But it can also be a pain to paint.  If it’s very textured (like this one is) you may need to give it several coats to get all the little grooves.  I did it first with a big brush and then twice with a little artist’s brush.  Next time I’ll have to see if using a small roller brush would be easier.

How to update a dresser with paintable wallpaper - by Girl in the Garage

Finally I gave it a couple coats of Annie Sloan’s clear wax, and spray painted the handles white.

How to update a dresser with paintable wallpaper - by Girl in the Garage

How to update a dresser with paintable wallpaper - by Girl in the Garage

This was the perfect piece to use paintable wallpaper on.  It really adds so much more character – and the texture is ah-mazing!

How to update a dresser with paintable wallpaper - by Girl in the Garage

How to update a dresser with paintable wallpaper - by Girl in the Garage

Here’s your before/after:

How to update a dresser with paintable wallpaper - by Girl in the Garage

What do you think of this look?  Would you ever wallpaper your furniture?

Jen


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4 Comments on How to Update a Dresser with Paintable Wallpaper

  1. kathi
    April 8, 2016 at 1:35 pm (12 months ago)

    Well, now you’ve done it! You have inspired me to do this to an old laminated dresser in my bedroom, that I am so very tired of looking at! Of course I’ll have to wait til it warms up a bit so I can do it in my garage. (I live in south central Wisconsin and it’s still cold here!). Thanks so much for your inspiration, Jen!
    Painterly hugs fron A Vintage Farmgirl

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  2. Betty Whatley
    April 8, 2016 at 6:26 pm (12 months ago)

    What a great idea. That changed the whole look. Love that type wallpaper. I bet a roller would be better. Going to try it. Thanks for sharing. Did a great job. I was going to tell you a friend of mine painted a desk red a mod podge a map on the top. Looked great. Thought you might want to try it.

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  3. Debrashoppeno5
    April 15, 2016 at 7:29 pm (11 months ago)

    I love using this wallpaper. It made your plain little chest become an elegant piece of furniture.

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