How to Decoupage a Dresser

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Decoupage is a versatile technique used on paper and wood and furniture. You can transform plain objects like a hatbox or an old dresser into a piece of functional art with some decoupage glue and your favorite clip art. With a decoupage-finished dresser, an old chest of drawers can become a favorite conversation piece.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden dresser
  • Drop cloth
  • Damp cloth
  • Screwdriver (as needed for hardware)
  • Semigloss spray paints
  • Clip art or paper pictures
  • Scissors
  • Decoupage glue
  • Damp sponge brushes
  • Foam plates
  • Move your dresser outdoors or into a well-ventilated area. If you are working on concrete or a surface that might stain, put down a tarp or paint drop cloth.

  • Wipe down your dresser with a clean damp cloth.

  • Remove the drawers and set them aside. Remove the hardware pieces from the drawers and set them aside.

  • Spray paint the dresser in smooth, even strokes. Spray from side to side, then from top to bottom. Avoid drips in the paint, as they will show through after it is dry. Let the paint dry about 30 minutes, then spray the dresser again.

  • Spray paint the front of the dresser drawers. Let the paint dry about 30 minutes, then spray them again.

  • Cut your pictures out with sharp scissors. Arrange them on the dresser top until you are satisfied with the design.

  • Pour decoupage glue into a foam plate. Dab the damp sponge brush into the glue. Brush the glue on the area where you will place a picture. Lay the picture on the glue. Dab the sponge brush again in the decoupage glue and brush the outside of the picture until it is completely covered. When it hardens, the glue will seal the picture to the surface of the dresser.

  • Layer the pictures on the dresser in the arrangement you chose. Decoupage each picture, one at a time.

  • Use the decoupage glue to attach pictures to the sides of the dresser. Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours before moving the dresser. Reattach the hardware to the dresser drawers and return the drawers to the dresser.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use antique images of Victorian roses, cherubs and children for a beautiful shabby chic look.

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