99 Clever Ways To Transform A Boring Dresser

You have 99 problems but a dresser ain’t one. Anymore.

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1. Paint a tribute to Warhol

Instructions here.

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2. Add fabric to the sides of the drawers

See how here.

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3. Cover the drawers with faux wood paneling

See how here.

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4. Use lace to re-cover the drawers

DIY here.

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5. Paint stripes (even on laminate)

See how here.

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6. Use stenciled letters to mark a special occasion

See how here.

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7. Or your favorite song

DIY here.

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8. Or a tribute to your favorite city

Instructions here.

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9. Turn the whole thing into a train car

Instructions here.

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10. Add card-catalog pulls as handles

See how they did it here. Get the pulls here.

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11. Add a Herringbone Accent

See how here.

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12. Use spray-painted toys as handles

See how here.

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13. Or half a plastic toy

DIY here.

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14. Get a weathered look with milk paint and wax

See how to here.

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15. Bling it up with metallic paint

DIY here.

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16. Go bold with painted drawers

Instructions here.

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17. Use reverse stenciling to highlight natural wood

See how here.

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18. Add decals in any design

Instructions here.

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19. Add a geometric pattern to the top

DIY here.

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20. Use shutters for a textured herringbone pattern

See how here.

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21. Replace the drawers with baskets

Instructions here. h/t Bob Vila

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22. Cover the drawers with maps

DIY here.

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23. Or do both

DIY here.

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24. Ombre…

See how here.

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25. …Ombre…

Instructions here.

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26. …Ombre!

Works on every shape and size. See this DIY here.

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27. Use magnetic paint

See how here.

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28. Use wood stain in various colors

DIY here.

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29. Use paint to copy this Dorothy Draper design

Instructions here.

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30. Stripe all the way around it

Instructions here.

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31. Use stripes in every direction

See how here.

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32. Wrap it in newspaper

IKEA / Via

DIY here.

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33. Stencil on some scallops

See more here.

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34. Paint on some intricate faux scrollwork

See how here.

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35. Cover the top in gift wrap

Easy to add, easy to remove. See how here.

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36. Add a touch of leather

DIY here.

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37. Add a ‘stache (or three)

See how here.

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38. Paint on an optical illusion

Martha shows you how here.

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39. Add bold graphic circles

See it here. (Site in Portuguese).

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40. Or triangles


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41. Use nailheads as giant labels

See it here.

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42. Use a paint pen to make a cross-stitch pattern

DIY here.

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43. Reverse stencil on a sea creature

Instructions here.

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44. Or something else seaworthy

Tutorial here.

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45. DIY a bone-inlay design

See how here.

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46. Outline the dresser in nailheads

DIY here.

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47. Cover it with silver leaf

See how here.

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48. Add depth with paint-outlined drawers

Tutorial here.

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49. Use Sharpie to stencil on some French flair

See how here.

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50. Or scribble on some fun words

See more here.

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51. Add gold brackets for a campaign look

DIY here.

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52. Use wood icing to add texture

Instructions here.

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53. Give it some nautical stripes

See how here.

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54. Replace drawer pulls with rope

DIY here.

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55. Use house numbers for pulls

DIY here.

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56. Add casters

Instructions here.

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57. Screw on some MegaBlocks

Idea here.

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58. Add vinyl letters

See how here.

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59. Give it a pattern and a monogram

Instructions here.

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60. Carry a stenciled design onto the top

See how here.

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61. Add molding in fun shapes

See how here.

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62. Get rid of the drawers

From here.

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63. Use the drawers as a bookshelf

See how here.

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64. Go crazy with colorful paint

See more here.

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65. Add a little leopard

Instructions here.

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66. Add pretty graphic drawer liners

See how here.

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67. Paint the inside a contrasting color

See examples here.

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68. Mix and match patterns

Inspiration here.

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69. Add door-knocker handles


DIY here.

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70. Glue on colored pencils

DIY here.

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71. Paint on some waves

From Chromalab.

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72. Use leather for DIY pulls

Instructions here.

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73. Cover the drawers with tile

Tutorial here.

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74. Add mirrors on all sides


See how they did it here.

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75. Paint on a Union Jack

See how here.

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76. Personalize with a blown-up family photo

DIY here.

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77. Or a colorful poster

DIY here.

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78. Add new mid-century modern legs

DIY here.

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79. Glue on some antique yardsticks

Tutorial here.

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80. Cover it with multicolored wooden shims

DIY here.

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81. Let the paint drip

Directions here.

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82. Make drawers into the world’s biggest Legos

Inspiration here.

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83. Use fabric or paint for a faux-mosaic look

DIY here.

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84. Add a gilded diamond

Instructions here.

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85. Create a mosaic with cracked mirror

As long as you’re not superstitious. Instructions here.

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86. Decoupage with botanical prints

Inspiration here.

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87. Or use handles to create faux suitcase drawers

Tutorial here.

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88. Replace drawers with mismatched suitcases

Inspiration here.

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89. Add a clean chevron to a rustic frame

Instructions here.

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90. Add chalkboard paint for easy labeling

Scott Hawkins /

See how here.

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91. Add vertical stripes with geometric stencils

Get the stencils here.

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92. Cover it with sheet music

DIY here.

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93. Add a DIY concrete top

Instructions here.

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94. Use nailheads for a DIY swirl design

They used chalk to draw the design on first.

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95. Use PVC pipe to make a modern design

DIY here.

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96. Paint a fun geometric pattern

DIY here.

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97. Add a Greek key design

DIY here.

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98. Modge podge many family photos

See how here.

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99. Give it some graffiti

Instructions here.

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