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.

Step 1


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 tack rag to remove all the dust and dirt. Let it dry thoroughly.

Step 2


Mark the Stripes For the First Color

Measure and mark where you want to paint the stripes.  Use painter's tape to create the pattern.

Step 3


Paint First Color

Start with the lightest color. Apply one coat and let it dry, then add a second coat and let it dry.

Step 4

Tape For the Second Color

Carefully remove the painter's tape. Then apply tape to the dresser for the second color.

Step 5


Paint Second Color

Apply one coat of the second color. Let it dry completely and then apply a second coat.

Step 6

Touch Up Paint

If necessary, fix and touch up around the edges of each color with a small paintbrush.

Step 7

Cut and Apply Wrapping Paper

Cut out the pattern from the wrapping paper. Use decoupage glue to adhere the paper onto the dresser. Spread the decoupage glue on both the bottom and top of the paper. Make sure there are no edges sticking up.  Let it dry completely.

Step 8


Apply Sealer

Cover the dresser in a clear glossy sealer. Apply two coats, let it dry between coats.

Step 9

Replace Hardware

Put the handles and hardware back on the dresser.