The ombre effect is achieved by starting with the deepest shade of the common color at the lowest point of the surface, then gradually getting lighter up towards the top. Once placement is determined, assign a color to each drawer. Since drawers are often slightly off, it’s best to mark the colors before painting them. This will ensure successful placement.

Step 1

Choosing the Right Dresser

A solid wooden chest works best for this application due to the proper adhesion of paint. In order to achieve the intended effect of ombre, use a wooden chest with at least three drawers.

Step 2

Choosing Colors

The key to the ombre look is a slight differentiation in tone and shade of the same color. Choose one main color, and then vary darkness and lightness for a balanced look.

Step 3

Sand Surfaces

In order for the paint to properly adhere to the wooden chest, you’ll need to rough up or remove its existing finish. To do this, use fine-grit sandpaper and a sanding block. Once the finish is loosened or removed, wipe the surface of the chest clean using a damp cloth.

Step 4

Add Paint to Casing

Use paint sprayer to cover the casing (sides and top) of the chest with the chosen color. An excellent thing to consider is painting the casing white to help the ombre effect stand out more.

Step 5

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Rustic White Photography, LLC

Paint and Dry

Based on the proper placement, spray each drawer front with its chosen color. Allow paint to dry for at least 48 hours before bring the chests inside.