Published on May 17, 2016

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They come in many different shapes and sizes, and when the standard dresser hardly comes close to fitting in with its surrounding decor, an upgrade is in order. To inspire your next dresser DIY, we rounded up 11 style-focused furniture makeovers to help you take yours from drab to fab!
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This old dresser was in dire need of a colorful refresh. Especially considering the space it occupied. The revamp entailed a blush-toned ombre effect, which fit right in with the delicate details of the little one’s room! A fresh layer of white chalk paint provided a stark contrast for the pink ombre, while the delicate gold knobs brought in a bit of added shine!

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This old dresser was in dire need of a colorful refresh. Especially considering the space it occupied. The revamp entailed a blush-toned ombre effect, which fit right in with the delicate details of the little one’s room! A fresh layer of white chalk paint provided a stark contrast for the pink ombre, while the delicate gold knobs brought in a bit of added shine!

Get the scoop on Project Nursery.

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Photography by CLASSY CLUTTER

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Although this seemingly plain dresser possessed a rather solid framework, a few painted accents wouldn’t hurt. With the simple addition of a geometric pattern play, the revamped dresser blended seamlessly in with its surrounding Southwest-inspired decor.

Get the scoop on Classy Clutter.

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Photography by THE HOME DEPOT BLOG

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Chipped paint and outdated knobs are just a few the reasons why this vintage dresser was in need of a makeover. Post sanding down the entire piece, a fresh coat of white paint provided the dresser with a renewed look. Whimsical key knobs and an orange lattice top lend a redefining touch that is both vibrant and chic.

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Get the scoop on The Home Depot Blog.

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Photography by THE WEATHERED DOOR

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IKEA’s TARVA dresser with a black and white gridded redo is a must for the modern bedroom! Replicate the look by outlining the gridded pattern on a whitewashed dresser with a pencil. Roughly trace the outline with a dark wall paint using a thin brush or – if you’re feeling confident in your DIY abilities – a sponge for a more textured effect.

See more of this stunning space here.

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Yet another reason why we love IKEA’s TARVA dresser. This versatile piece is the ultimate blank canvas! Featuring a fresh splash of paint, blogger sarah sherman samuel of Stories, transformed the basic dresser into one seriously stylish piece. Our favorite detail? The angled cut on the legs of the dresser, which instantaneously changed the entire piece.

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Photography by PAIGE JONES

See how the blogger behind Paige Jones replicated the makeover with the smaller version to double as a dresser and changing table for the nursery!

Get the how-to for the DIY on Stories.

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The intricate pattern work of a bone inlay design scheme results in a stunning finish that can fit within a number of decorative styles and aesthetics. Although an actual bone inlay dresser may set one back a bit, this DIY version comes pretty close to the real thing. See how this clever blogger converted an old drab dresser into an ultra chic piece with a little stenciling and some paint.

Get the scoop here!

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Photography by HOUSE TWEAKING

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It’s no secret that something as simple as replacing a cabinet pull can transform the entire look of a kitchen. Well, the same goes for dressers. IKEA’s STALL cabinet system is known for its versatile functionality and while its sleek design may feature a streamlined finish, it may seem a bit one dimensional. With the simple addition of a set of leather pulls reinforced by brass screws, the entire feel of the piece was elevated!

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Photography by DWELL BEAUTIFUL

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While entirely functional and relatively new, this stark white dresser lacked definition or any unique element of design. The solution? A few planks of balsa wood – it’s very light in weight and can easily be cut with an exacto knife – stained in a darker shade. By topping the drawer fronts of the dresser with the stained balsa wood, the overall aesthetic of the piece was transformed. Personally, we would take the DIY a step further and give the pulls of the dresser a fresh coat of paint in a contrasting hue!

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Photography by DWELL BEAUTIFUL

Get the how-to on Dwell Beautiful.

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Photography by THE WEATHERED DOOR

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IKEA’s TARVA with a geometric color block that’s all about contemporary style. Recreate this geometric finish, inspired by Swedish artist Olle Baertling with a few vibrant shades of paint.

Get the scoop here!

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Photography by THE WEATHERED DOOR

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While the original finish of this dated dresser was a thing of beauty, a fresh stain would help bring out the natural aesthetic of the wood. One crafty DIY-er transformed this antiquated piece into a chic modern accent with a bolder stain and a clever white frame!

Get the how-to on The Weathered Door.