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White dresser with fabric covered drawer fronts


Finally I am ready to show you my summer painting project.  I have been so busy with my needle arts during the winter and spring months, but I am eager to start some painting projects.


I purchased this little dresser at Goodwill.   I fell in love with the cut-out handles!  It was in good shape except for the fact that it had several layers of very old paint.   I believed it was no big deal.  Many times when you think the job is going to be easy..well, the opposite happens.  Stripping this baby was almost impossible.  The old paint would not come off..only bits and pieces.   After several tries, I gave up.  And yes, I ALMOST threw in the towel.  I was ready to drop her back at Goodwill.  But I changed my mind..I sanded her several times real good and I decided to prime.  I wasn’t happy of course, because the surface was not as smooth as I wanted it to be.  I had a hard time accepting that some jobs can not be PERFECT.  But I am learning.  I am trying to embrace a dresser that is more than 60 yrs old, has done a great job over the years and well, she has a few nicks and bruises, so what?


I painted her with home made chalk paint using Sherwin Williams Simply White.  Gave her two coats and sanded vigorously  in between coats.  To finish it up, I waxed her all over with Annie Sloan Clear Wax.

First I tried to cover the drawers with paper napkins.


Sausha at Sweetpickins makes it look so easy, but I did not like the end result and decided to cover the drawer fronts with fabric.  Basically the same principle:  painted drawer fronts with white chalk paint and made a template.  Cut out my fabric using the template and sprayed them lightly with some multipurpose adhesive. Covered the fronts, carefully cut out the handle spaces and brushed on the Mod Podge matte finish.   Let it dry.

sherwin williams simply white

Adorable?  I hope so!

dresser with fabric covered drawers

sherwin williams simply white

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  1. Totally adorable Hetty! I love the fabric and the crisp blue and white color combination – very fresh and pretty!

  2. Beeldige stof Het!

  3. Love the fabric you used on this dresser – so pretty and such a wonderful transformation. Thank you so much for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

    • Thanks Cathy! Thank you for hosting those marvelous link parties!

  4. Featured you at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. It came out so cute! I love the fabric you chose. Thank you for sharing with us at the Merry Monday link party. Hope to see you again next week!

    • thanks Ashley! yes, I will keep an eye on your link party!

  6. Hi Hetty, I’m visiting from the Pin Junkie Party where your pretty dresser caught my eye. It’s gorgeous and such a great idea! I have a very old dresser that I’m afraid to sand because it might have lead paint and this would be a fabulous way to update it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Neat idea! I love the contrast of the blue and white. This would be so much easier than stenciling!

  8. Beautiful transformation!We are so glad you shared with us at Merry Monday. I hope to see you at the new party beginning tonight at 9pm EST.

  9. This is an awesome transformation. I love the fabric on the drawers. Very pretty.

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