We found this old dresser at a secondhand shop. We gave it a fresh coat of white paint then painted a Moroccan-inspired design on the drawer faces.

Step 1

Prep and Prime the Piece

Remove drawer pulls and hardware. Use sandpaper (going with the grain) to remove the top layer of finish. Make sure to sand all the corners and crevices. This will help the new paint adhere better. After sanding, wipe down the dresser with a damp rag to clean off the dust and debris.

Use a larger paintbrush to paint the entire dresser. Let it dry completely, then apply a second coat of paint. We painted our dresser all white; you can also paint the sides and top one of the colors of the pattern.

Step 2

Create the Pattern

Plan the pattern for the drawer fronts. You may want to draw it on paper first. Use painter's tape to mark out the pattern on the drawers. For our pattern, we measured about an inch down from the top of the drawer and placed a piece of painter's tape horizontally across the drawer. Then we measured up one inch from the bottom of the drawer and placed another piece of tape the length of the drawer making sure we had equal white space above and below each band of tape.

Use a tape measure to find the center point of the drawer. Working from there, create alternating Xs and diamonds on the drawer face. We did three Xs and two diamonds. Make sure each space is equal size.

Step 3

Paint the Pattern

Use a small paintbrush (or sponge) to carefully paint the first color. We used the darker color in the centers and the lighter color on the outside. Try to dab more than spread, so the paint does not go under the painter's tape. Let dry and paint a second coat if necessary.

Step 4

Remove Tape and Touch Up

When the paint is dry, carefully peel off the painter's tape. Lightly sand the drawers to remove any excess paint bumps. Use a small artist's paintbrush to fix any overlap or bleeding of colors. Let dry.

Step 5



Add Inner Pattern

We added a second pattern within the diamond shape to give our dresser a little more detail. Place stencil in the middle of the diamond and tape in place. Use flat-head sponge to dab on white paint. Let it dry, then remove the stencil.

Step 6

blue and white dresser with mirror

Geometric Dresser

A thrift-store bureau was given a makeover using pretty blue paints, white stripes and floral stencils.

Photo by: Susan Teare ©Joanne Palmisano

Susan Teare, Joanne Palmisano

A thrift-store bureau was given a makeover using pretty blue paints, white stripes and floral stencils.

Replace Hardware

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