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How to Paint and Decoupage a Dresser (page 1 of 3)

Learn how to paint stripes on a dresser then use wrapping paper to add a fun pattern.

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Courtesy of Susan Teare

We found this old dresser at a re-sale shop, painted stripes on it, then added bold flowers to give it a burst of color.

Tools and Materials

hand sander with fine-grit sandpaper
tape measure
old wood dresser (with knobs)
paintbrushes and rags
painter's tape
two colors of paint
wrapping paper
decoupage glue
clear sealer (spray or brush-on)
steel wool

Prep the Dresser

Remove the drawer pulls and hardware from the dresser. Hand sand or use a palm sander with fine-grit sandpaper (going with the grain) to remove the dresser's top layer of finish.
Use steel wool to get in the corners and details. Wipe down the dresser with a damp rag to remove all the dust and dirt. Let it dry thoroughly.

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