Dresser with Fabric Inlay

update a dresser with fabric

Hello beautiful people! I’m so happy you stopped by because I have a pretty project to share with you.  Today I am sharing a yard sale dresser I made over with a fabric inlay treatment.

You are not going to believe what I paid for this.  Last month I was just about to call it a day after hitting up several yard sales when I happened  upon this particular sale. I spied this dresser from a mile away, but of course I thought for sure it was either sold or ridiculously priced since it was still there.

When I got closer, this is what I found:


Seriously? Not only was it only $25, but they were willing to negotiate! I can’t believe I actually had the nerve to ask the sweet woman what her best price was… $20. It was all I could do not to squeal with pure delight right then and there! I couldn’t load it up fast enough! Deal of the century woot woot…

Because this sticker was attached to this:


The top was a bit damaged, but the rest of it was in perfect condition and the insides of the drawers looked brand new!  Perfect!

And here she is now:

Dresser with Fabric Inlay

What do you think? Ooh la la, right?

I painted the top in Annie Sloan’s Graphite chalk paint. What damage?

Annie Sloan Graphite chalk paint


The body was painted in DIY chalk paint.

Fabric Inlay Dresser

Everything got a light sanding and a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear wax. I gave the top two coats.

Fabric Inlay Dresser

This is the same fabric I used to reupholster my ugly desk chair. When I went to Hancock Fabrics to find fabric for the drawer fronts, I fell in love with it again!

I used Mod Podge to attach it.  I think the most difficult part of this makeover was cutting the fabric to fit the drawer panels just right.

To attach the fabric with Mod Podge:

  • Apply Mod Podge to the drawer with a paint brush or foam brush
  • Lay fabric, already cut to size,  across the drawer panel
  • Smooth out any bumps
  • Apply another coat of Mod Podge over the fabric
  • Let it dry ( I left mine over night.)

I only gave mine one coat on top as that seemed to do fine, but because of the heavier texture of my fabric, I gave each drawer panel a pretty generous coat.

I usually give you guys step by step photos, but this part was done in the wee hours of the morning so I didn’t stop to take pics this time. I found that mod podging fabric is much easier than paper since the fabric is woven and doesn’t trap air bubbles. Who knew?



I loved the original hardware, so I spray painted them with Rustoleum in Almond Satin and distressed them a bit with sandpaper.

spray paint hardware

I did snap a pic of this part lol…just  so you can see something in action 🙂


Are you more patient than I am when it comes to waiting for spray paint to dry?!

This was not my original plan for this piece. I spent several hours searching, printing, piecing together, and painstakingly transferring a graphic that I was going to paint on the front. As it turned out, there were just too many bumps and grooves to work with. I almost wanted to cry.

So back to square one. I had remembered seeing a side table with fabric on the drawers while walking through  Home Goods a while back and knew that’s what this needed all along. See how things work out?

I’m so pleased with the result.



Here’s a shot before I added the fabric:


Very plain…the fabric adds so much depth and texture.




This has been sitting in my garage taunting me since I brought it home.

I thought it would be the perfect project for Furniture Revival week in our Get Your DIY on Sixteen Week Fall Party Challenge.

My amazing co-hosts have been busy with a few furniture revivals of their own:

Furniture Revivals

Zebra Chair Makeover  The Hankful House

Faux Mantel Cabinet with DIY Chalk Paint  The Happy Housie

Console Table Facelift  House by Hoff

A Fun Kid’s Craft Table Makeover Just a Girl and Her Blog

Our new Get Your DIY on link party theme: Furniture Revivals, starts Sunday at 7:00 EST.  Come link up your furniture makeovers or just come by to get inspired! I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t love a good furniture transformation!

Speaking of furniture transformation, let’s see that dresser one more time…

Transform a dresser with fabric

Love. Isn’t it great when something totally fails and then plan B is far better than what you originally planned?

I used about a half a yard of 54″ wide fabric wich on sale, was around $9.  With the cost of the dresser, this was less than $30!!  Who says beautiful home decor has to cost a fortune?

I’d love to know what you think!

Hope to see you Sunday!





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  1. WOW – that is an amazing transformation! I have some drawers that are in need of some loving…going to the fabric store today to see what I can find – thanks for this inspiration – I will be sure and share my project with you when its finished!

  2. This is just beautiful Christy!! You did an amazing job. I love that you put a tiny cover under the dresser while working on it. You must be a neat painter, I am one of those that finds it in my hair 🙂

  3. Lovely way to transform this dresser. She looks tres chic.

  4. Fabulous makeover. I’m pinning it!

  5. Absolutely Beautiful!! Well done!

  6. Christy this is so beautiful… I have a dresser I have been stressing over what to do with it but I think you just showed me… I love this and am definitely going to try it… thank you so much… Cathy

  7. Stunning! It is seriously so gorgeous, Christy! What an amazing transformation. You are so incredibly talented!

    ~Abby =)

  8. The texture of the fabric is just perfect! Classy and sophisticated – and would look beautiful in any room of any home. Beautiful job!

  9. Love your makeover! The dresser is so classy now all dressed up. No longer a plain Jane.

  10. Wow! What a transformation!!! Amazing.

  11. Awesome!

  12. WOW! You lucky girl! Amazing price for a fabulous piece of furniture, and then you go and make it even better! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, the fabric inserts, in fact, love EVERYTHING about it! Well done you.

    Judi in the UK

  13. Christy, this looks absolutely gorgeous! LOVE the fabric inlay and again, what a great job you did!!! I’m seriously thinking about flying you to my house and having you do some things with me! 🙂 Pinning and sharing! Hope you have a happy Friday and fantastic weekend!

  14. We must be on the same wave length! I had done this with regular fabric to a dresser I picked up roadside. I was inspired by the framed mirror with burlap done by you so I (who am NOT a fan of burlap!) decided to buy some and thought it would look good on the jelly cabinet I have redone with ASCP – but it needs a little poof so I thought I would put the burlap inside the panels – you beat me to it!!!!!!!! I will still be doing it though -Thanks for always inspiring me!

  15. Oh La La is Right! Such character and beauty!

  16. Wow Christy! This is a seriously amazing transformation! I love the rustic texture of the fabric on such a pretty and traditional piece. Gorgeous!

  17. Oh wow…that is stunning! I love how it turned out! I have a couple I’m working on right now and I will definitely be trying this technique! Thank you, I’m pinning.
    Debbie 🙂

  18. Christy, this is really gorgeous. I ADORE it! Your talent never ceases to amaze me!

  19. Gor-geeeeee-ous. Love it, thanks for sharing

  20. Love, love, love it!

  21. Stunning piece, stunning makeover. Love the use of the burlap, the texture is perfect. Thanks for sharing, visiting from Miss Mustard Seed.

  22. Christy! If that dresser ever disappears I would have no idea where it went. 😉

    LOVE IT!!!

  23. Sometimes the best ideas come from mistakes, don’t they? I love this piece! So professional looking…….just gorgeous!

  24. I LOVE fabric decoupage! This looks really great. Nice job!

  25. This caught my eye at The Shabby Nest link party. It’s just gorgeous and is an amazing transformation! I look forward to following you on Facebook, Pinterest and Google +!

  26. How gorgeous !!!
    I redid the exact same dresser awhile back – now wish I would have waited until I saw this LOL – it’s really just perfect!

    • Thanks, Suzan! I just realized that I think I spelled your name with an S instead of a Z when I visited you last! If so, so sorry…I don’t mind if you call me out on it. I’m a “Christy” so I should know better. Thanks for visiting and I’m so glad you like it! XO

  27. Christina in Cleveland says

    O.M.S.!!! (Oh My Stars!) This is awesome! So is your blog and I have subscribed for regular drooling. 🙂 Thank you!!

  28. You did an absolutely amazing job! I love every detail.

  29. I’m not usually a fan of fabric on furniture, although these days I’m enjoying it more and more. THIS piece, though, is so quirky and well done, I love it. I like the fact it’s not garish, if that makes any sense. It’s quiet enough for my eye, yet has style. Like someone casual, but with a great pair of shoes. Job well done!

  30. Christy, You found the best deal ever! This is an awesome piece of furniture and you turned it into an AMAZING piece! I love it!

  31. Absolutely love this! I love the printed burlap! I made over a desk a while ago with scrapbook paper on the drawer fronts, and I kind of want to redo it with printed burlap. Beautiful work!! 🙂

  32. Wow Gorgeous!!! That fabric was the perfect detail that made it look amazing!! But then again it was a beautiful dresser before! Great Job! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase!!
    I’m gonna pin this one to our Talent Board!

  33. I love it! I did something similar with Phil’s nightstand, but with plain burlap. I like the printed fabric much better. 🙂


  34. HI Christy,
    This piece is stunning! I love the fabric you went with for the drawers. It’s just a unique piece and you pulled it off perfectly! I would love it you shared this wonderful furniture flip with us at the Link It or Lump It link party. http://www.twoityourself.blogspot.com/2013/11/LinkParty13.html
    xo Melissa

  35. This is a great idea, Christy! Putting the fabric gives the dresser an extra dose of character! I’ll have to remember this for a future furniture makeover. I’m hopping over from Give Me The Goods Monday.

  36. Wow, what a transformation. I would never have considered using fabric for a project like this.

  37. WOW!!! I love this! The fabric is a wonderful addition to a beautiful refinish! Would like to invite you to come share at One More Time Events..

  38. Hopping over from Kammy´s Korner to tell you I love it! It looks incredibly chic!

  39. It turned out beautiful!!!

  40. This turned out beautifully! I can’t believe you got it for only $20!! I’m hosting a giveaway for an awesome starburst mirror that you should enter! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/11/starburst-mirror-giveaway.html

  41. Christy this turned out so gorgeous!! Thank you so much for sharing at Redoux! I LOVE it and I am sharing tomorrow at my party. -K

  42. I absolutely love this makeover! The fabric inlay on the drawers is awesome. You have inspired me for my next dresser project. Thanks!

  43. I just love this piece. What a great idea.

  44. I adore everything you do! This dresser is absolutely stunning! Love the fabric inserts. I’m also crazy about the burlap mirror and fence picket signs. Thank you for sharing them at What We Accomplished Wednesdays.

  45. Hi just stopping by to let you know you have been featured at One More Time Events and pinned…http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2013/11/fall-wrap-upwho-i-am-very-thankful-for.html
    Hope to see you Sunday for another Share It One More Time Events Party…Hope you have a great weekend….Hugs Tammy

  46. Definitely ooh lala!!! Yes and a HUGE yes to Plan B being the winner. It is absolutely stunning Christy! (and a steal too!)


    • I spent hours transferring the graphic I enlarged on posters.net, but when I started painting, the words were being cut off and skewed by all the raised areas on the drawers. It was a hot mess! Plan B definitely saved this project! I need to find a piece with flatter drawers next time! Have a great Sunday! 🙂

  47. That is stunning! You did an amazing job!

  48. Linda in NH says

    Absolutely beautiful transformation!!! I love it!!!

  49. great job on this dresser i love the way it turned out

  50. Extremely impressive. You did an amazing job. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

  51. Beautiful, Christy! I’ll be featuring your project at the Open House party starting this evening.

  52. Carolyn Staat says

    I just bought the nightstand that matches your dresser at a garage sale for $6.00. It is now ready to be painted, I might take your idea but change it a bit to match my room. I think I might paint the drawer blue and then cover it with lace if I find some I like. Thanks

  53. This is the most unique and beautiful piece. Congratulations for a job well done! And thank you so much for sharing.

  54. Super cute! You had a great vision on this! Love the fabric and the colors your chose for the cabinet.

  55. I love the way this looks. How do you keep the fabric from raveling? Does the Modge Podge take care of that issue?

    Thanks for sharing it is gorgeous!

    • Thanks, Carole! Keeping the fabric from unraveling wasn’t easy, but once I applied the mod podge, it was fine. This fabric had a really loose weave though, so if you used something thinner with a tighter weave, it would go on more smoothly 🙂

  56. Hello! I’m not sure how I stumbled on this link, but I’m happy I did! Your work is gorgeous and inspiring! Fortunately or unfortunately?, I’m a woman who loves to change her mind and I’m wondering…What would you do if you wanted a new look or different color on the drawers? Would you be able to remove the burlap? (I don’t have much experience with ModPodge.) Would you try to put different fabric on top of it? Any insights and wisdom you can share would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    • SO glad you found me! The fabric was applied with Mod Podge which acts much like a glue. I have never tried to remove fabric that I’ve applied with Mod Podge, but I would probably try to remove it and add then add another fabric if I wanted to change it up. The fabric I used was a nice weight decorator fabric, although it does resemble burlap. Burlap frays and sheds like crazy, so you might have a harder time removing it. Hope this answers your question, and I hope you come back and visit again! 🙂

  57. Is this fabric from Hancock’s Burlap?

    • It is from Hancock’s, but it’s a heavier weight decorator fabric. I think burlap would unravel a bit too much if you tried to use it for something like this.

  58. Heather@ viralupcycle.com says

    I am in love with this Christy. I just saw this in MMS, and am wondering why I haven’t seen this pin yet, with how many that ARE pinned.

  59. Hi Christy, Greetings from N.Ireland, I have just discovered your site and I love it! As I am a total beginner to crafting and up cycling, its So refreshing to have step by step pics you can refer to. You’ve made me feel brave enough to attempt an upholstery project as I have been wanting to do one since pussy was a kitten! (But lacked the nerve to take apart a piece of furniture!) Please keep up the posts as I am now a committed Irish D.I Y,er in need of inspiration! Sounds dangerous LOL!

  60. Could you please tell me if you finished the edges of the burlap in any way after you cut it and before you applied it?

    Thank you

    • Hi Roberta,
      No I did not, however the fabric I used was not burlap. It was a decorator fabric. I imagine if you used burlap, you might have a tough time with the edges unraveling. I used a rotary cutter and a straight edge to cut the fabric and tried not to handle the fabric too much when applying to the drawer fronts. Hope this helps!

  61. I’m jealous of people who don’t live in SoCal. Honestly, it’s so hard to find true deals on furniture. No joke – I went to a Goodwill and they had this crummy picture frame (not even any type of wood nor design), one of those plastic frames from the 80s and it was $70! Crazy. Then there was this old, beat up dresser that I thought I could do something with and they wanted $450! I was shocked!

    Great job on these chairs! You’re so talented. I bought a wingback chair from someone on Craigslist and I was able to score it for a good price. I wanted to attempt reupholstering it myself, but hubby talked me out of it. l do love the result and I still saved several hundred dollars compared to the original chair I wanted, but I did want the satisfaction of accomplishing such a task.

  62. There are a lot of different kinds of Mod Podge. What kind would you suggest for this type of project?

  63. The fabric makes this so special! It is really beautiful. Years ago I remember seeing people put fabric on walls as wallpaper or perhaps wall fabric. I seem to recall that they used starch to give it body and make it adhere. Is the Mod Podge fairly easy to work with once you have the fabric cut? Does it make the fabric have more body and become more resistant to soil? I really want to try to do this when the weather gets a bit warmer so that I can paint and adhere the fabric outside. You’re an inspiration.

    • Thanks, Marilyn! I paint the Mod Podge (matte) on in thin coats with a paint brush, then adhere the fabric. The Mod Podge acts like a glue. Then I go back over it with another thin coat of Mod Podge. I think because the fabric on the dresser I did was in a recessed panel, there probably isn’t a huge risk of it becoming soiled, but I chose a forgiving fabric just in case. The hardest thing about applying the fabric is the fabric fraying, so I tried not to handle it too much after cutting. 🙂

  64. Where did you by the fabric i love it. Very nice job.

  65. So gorgeous and inspiring!


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