Revisiting a Dated Dresser Makeover

Hello sweet Friends! Summer is well under way here and I hope you are taking time to enjoy some sunshine where you are. My oldest will be turning 15 in September and I am coming to the realization that sadly, this may be our last Summer with him actually wanting to hang out here with me and my youngest son. Too soon he will be off doing his own thing with his friends…boohoo! SO I really want to make the moments count this Summer, and with that I hope you don’t mind if I sprinkle in a few oldies but goodies here and there on the blog to buy me some of those moments.

It really is a shame that I share so many fun makeovers and many rarely are ever seen again.

Today I am pulling one of my favorite dresser makeovers out of the archives. Many of you may remember this one, but it may be new to many of you too!

I found this dresser at the Salvation Army for $45:


It was a bit dated, but it was in excellent condition.

I decided to give it a more feminine feel:

French Linen and White Striped Dresser Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer
You gotta love the power of paint. Am I right?

I used Behr’s Pure White made into DIY chalk paint (recipe including video HERE) for the base, and a 50/50 mix of French Linen (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) and Pure White for the stripes.

French Linen and White Striped Dresser Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

It has personality now, but it’s still neutral, which I love. I recently added similar stripes to this night table which would have matched perfectly and also to this armoire.

I’ve included affiliate links so you can see some of the products I used.

The first thing I had to do was fill in the original holes in the bottom three drawers using  Elmer’s Wood Filler, since I planned on changing out the hardware on those.

To make the stripes, I used 1-1/2″ Frogtape for delicate surfaces.

I started by adding a strip of tape down the center. Then I added a strip to either side, and removed the piece in the center.

How to add stripes to a dresser drawer from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I used the piece I removed as a guide for the rest of my stripes…


Then I painted them in with two coats, and removed the tape while it was still wet, as soon as I finished the second coat. After the paint was dry, I lightly sanded the drawers with 220 grit sandpaper. The whole piece was sealed with Annie Sloan’s clear wax.

French Linen and White Striped Dresser Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

To save money, I reused the original six pulls for the top…

French Linen and White Striped Dresser Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

They add a nice contrast on top.

The other handles were just not working for me, so I replaced them with these much prettier ones from Hobby Lobby (50% off every other week):

French Linen and White Striped Dresser Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


French Linen and White Striped Dresser Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

The drawers got a pretty fabric liner as well…

Line drawers with fabric using Mod Podge

I also purchased that at Hobby Lobby.

I prefer fabric to line the drawers in larger pieces if I can find a good deal on it, since it can more easily be removed down the road. I cut it with my rotary cutter and cutting mat, then used matte Mod Podge like a glue to hold it in place. I just brushed it all over the bottom of the drawer with an inexpensive chip brush before applying the fabric.

French Linen and White Striped Dresser Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer




French Linen and White Striped Dresser Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


French Linen and White Striped Dresser Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I hope you enjoyed this makeover, or revisiting it if you’ve seen it before! It is one of my favorites!

Dated Dresser gets a fresh new look with Annie Sloan French Linen and Pure White from

I’ll see ya’ll on Thursday with another oldie but goodie:

I didn’t want to let it go!

UPDATE: No need  to wait, see how this cabinet turned out HERE.



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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    Enjoy your summer with those kids, they don’t stay young forever! My four children are all grown and gone from home. I still love looking back on your old post, do It quite often for great inspiration! Have fun Christy!

  2. Looks beautiful! Thanks so much for the tips about doing stripes! I am going to try that. Much easier than measuring! Have a good week. Leticia

    • Thank you, Leticia! That really is easier than measuring for sure…anything that gets us out of doing math ha ha! XOXO

  3. Christina in FL says

    Christy, this is positively brilliant… yes, another brilliant makeover! This chest of drawers is now ready to take a spot in someone’s home deserving of its elegance. Love the colors, perfect handles and the details are amazing. Love that you choose to use fabric to line the drawers. It’s such a lovely touch. Thank you for sharing all the details. I know this one will sell fast… if you can part with it. 🙂

  4. ColleenB.~ Tx. says

    Beautiful~ I do love them stripes.

  5. I think I saw the dresser before but who cares. It is so pretty to look at. Pretty soon I will be able to start doing things like this. It has so much personality I do not know why anyonebwould leave it plain wood.

  6. Jamie Kennemer says

    Oh goodness! Took my breath away! WOW! Absolutely Gorgeous!!! ????????????

  7. Marcie Lovett says

    I love looking at your old projects again, Christy. Funny, I have the mate to that dresser. It’s lower and longer and was my mother’s, from when she was a child.

    You may be surprised, your kids might want to be around you more than you realize, but I know what you mean. In any case, I hope the family enjoys this summer!

    • Thank you, Marcie! I would have snatched up the longer mate to this had they had it at the store. It’s awesome that you have a piece that belonged to your mother. And you are right…my kids do enjoy hanging out with Mom, but I know all too soon friends will take precedence for a while. Cherishing these moments while they last! 🙂

  8. Love your “OLDIE BUT GOODIE”… to revisit! Those old pulls on that solid maple chest…1960’S for sure…you made her updated and attractive! I have a window seat cushion I’d like to change the upholstery on…any oldie posts for a project like that? Thanks for the motivation!

  9. Sherry Stuifbergen says

    I love this dresser’s makeover. Who would have thought of stripes to add interest? I understand about spending time with children who grow up too soon. I enjoy your “oldies.” I bookmarked this one because of all the good information to fix something that may come along. You do such good work. Enjoy the summer.

    • Thank you so much, Sherry! Stripes can do wonders for so many pieces. Going to cherish all the moments I can this Summer! XOXO

  10. So pretty!! I feel for you,when the kids get older they fly farther from the nest:*( Just enjoy the many moments that you can! When they get older like mine are,they become friends and that is special.

    • Thank you, Melinda! You hear it all the time that they grow up so fast…but the 13-14 age, they seem to grow up overnight! Enjoying every moment! XOXO

  11. I have my thumbs in the air to you, Christy! From one empty nester, take it from me, you would regret not taking this time to stop and notice what really matters the rest of your life. We will be here when you get back and besides, your projects are so darn gorgeous who wouldn’t want to see them again or catch up on ones we may have missed. Now go be a fabulous Mom, your son will remember that always! xo

    • Aww thanks, Marie! My oldest has seemed to grow up overnight, and it has me really wanting to be present so much more than normal. I’ll still be posting some new things too, just taking my sweet time on those projects! 🙂

  12. chris tucker says

    you take all the time you want i love your oldies xx

  13. Wow….this dresser makeover is so much fun! I love the stripes. I don’t know if I would have thought about stripes on half of the front. Looks great! Also, thanks for the tips on lining the drawers with fabric. I’m re-doing a dresser right now and may use that. Makes a nice touch:) Great flip!

    • Thank you, Kathleen! Yep the rotary cutter and mat are a huge help for getting perfectly straight cuts on the fabric for the drawers! XO

      • Oh I better purchase that then! I am glad you told me because I probably would have had a headache with scissors. Is that in quilting aisles? or do you have an affiliated link?

        • I have this one: which is an affiliate, but you can also find them at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, or any fabric store near all the quilting supplies. I use mine all the time! 🙂

          • yay.. I just ordered it 🙂 I would not have thought to use that since I am not a quilter! Thank you so much!!

            • Awesome, you’re welcome! I actually bought my original one way back in the day when I did make a few quilts…makes those straight cuts so much easier. You can use it for paper too. 🙂

  14. Hi Christy!
    This is so pretty and I must have missed it the first time!! So just perfect to see it today! Thank you for your inspiration and I really just don’t know how you keep up your pace!! You deserve lots of time off!! Enjoy your summer!!

  15. Can hardly believe it is the same dresser as in before shot. Amazingly wonderful changes.

  16. Terri Hughes says


  17. I may have pinned this post the first time, but I’m pinning again because I love it so much. This one is so close to my heart. I had a similar dresser when I was a baby and small child and it was painted white (I think it was my even mom’s before). When I got a little older, I remember my mom and dad spending a hot southern summer day stripping the paint and staining it. I carted that dresser around with me almost everywhere I lived after leaving home. For a few years, I had it stored at my parents while I was traveling and then I settled many miles away. One day I found a dresser (stained) almost like mine that I grew up with. I had to have it. It became my son’s dresser when he came along. Then, pregnant with my second child, we visited my parents and ended up carting the original one back home with us. Now they both sit together in the room that my sons share. I dream of painting the dressers someday and probably will. Remembering how hard my parents worked on that one may be what makes me live with it. I love what you did with yours and I just might try some stripes in fun colors; that would look so cute in a boys room. Of course, when they get older, I could paint them white (again for my original), but, I hear y’all, and I won’t rush that bittersweet (more bitter than sweet) day. I sure will miss those drawers filled with tiny socks and hiding treasures that they think their little brother won’t find. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us!

    • Thank you, Paula! How awesome that your sons are using the same treasured dresser that was possibly even used by your own mom! I totally understand your hesitation to paint it after your parents worked so hard to strip it. And yes I already miss those tiny socks and baby toys! Enjoy those babes! XOXO