Retro Flower Power

See how we turned an outdated bureau into a hip statement piece.

Step 1


Thrift Shop Find

This dresser looked sad and boring, but because it is a made of solid wood, it was the perfect candidate for a makeover. 

Step 2


Prep for Paint

Sand the dresser to remove the existing finish. Wipe it down with a damp rag to make sure the entire surface is clean and smooth.

Step 3


Apply Paint

Place the dresser on a tarp. If necessary, raise it up on wood blocks to lift it off floor so it will be easier to paint the lower portion. Apply an even coat of paint and let it dry. Give it a second coat and let it dry.

Step 4


Cut the Shapes

Cut out the flowers or patterns from the fabric. Make sure to get all the details in the pattern.

Step 5


Adhere Flowers

Use a craft paintbrush to spread the decoupage glue onto the back of the fabric then place the fabric onto the dresser. Apply a coat of decoupage glue over the front of the fabric. Make sure to completely cover the edges of the fabric. Let the glue dry.

Step 6


Create Your Look

Continue to work your way up and around the dresser until you have a fun pattern with a variety of color.

Step 7


Seal It

When the fabric is dry and the glue is invisible, spray the dresser with two coats of shellac or polyurethane.