REDEMPTION! A dresser “recovers” from a botched paint job.

A few weeks ago I wrote about the tragic saga of the dresser that turned into a chicken. Today, I’m happy to report that the dresser makeover that went horribly wrong has been corrected! Or, at least it’s slightly less repulsive?

To jog your memory, our story began with a completely adequate dresser that I destroyed when I forgot what the color “gold” looks like.

The original

Dresser before

The Inspiration


The Resultunnamed

The result was more eeek than chic and whatever my next move was, I knew I wanted to retain a geometric pattern because, well, it’s simply the best.

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But I also knew I couldn’t be trusted with paint again. Nor was I especially eager to repaint what took several painstaking hours to achieve. My solution? Cover the drawers in a large-scale geometric fabric print. Much like these crafty Design Sponge artisans did.


An afternoon trip to local upholstery shop Spruce got me just what I needed. After looking at a handful of fabric samples and even wallpaper swatches, I ended up walking out some clearance fabric for $20 that was just barely perfect amount to cover the front of the drawers. No paint or sander was needed. Armed with just a staple gun and a pair of scissors, in 30 minutes I was able to save the dresser from the DIY disaster hall of fame.


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I’m not sure this is going to be my permanent solution for glamifying the dresser, but at least the fabric do-over is a vast improvement from where we started, and it didn’t require an obscene amount of effort or money to achieve. Let’s upgrade this project from a D-I-Why did I do this? to a D-I-Why, it could have been worse.

13 Comments on “REDEMPTION! A dresser “recovers” from a botched paint job.”

  1. I love these ideas! Great job on the paint job, and great post!

  2. omg i have no words ! am i in furniture paradise?

  3. love it love it love it

  4. The real key to DIY is admitting that you messed up and continuing to try LOL!

  5. itsallaboutsonia says:

    i love this what a great post I’ve just moved into my new home so I’m currently going through a rehab.

  6. Noni says:

    I just got lots of ideas for my own home from this blog!!!
    Great inspiration, thanks


  7. Bubbles says:

    love it. I’m going to have a go but on a little wooden storage box. It’ll make the box look a bit better than just brown.

  8. I definitely will be referring to this for when I move in a couple months! Also, just to let you know I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. 🙂 xo, Jenna

  9. Nomzi Kumalo says:

    Lovely bright ideas. 🙂

  10. S says:

    Love Love Love this!

  11. baby eMVy says:

    We never considered using fabric instead of paint on our furniture. Thanks for the great idea!

  12. […] to continue my intimate relationship with the orbital sander and foam paint brush, I resolved to hastily fix the problem with fabric and a staple gun. Undoubtedly an improvement, but only a temporary fix to buy myself some time before once again […]

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