I’m so thankful for creative people in this world. Especially creative people who like to paint dressers. I myself have painted furniture, including dressers, in the past, but my skills don’t come close to touching these sweet, talented, and often witty designs.
There’s so much more to do with a dresser and other drawered (yes, I just made this word up) furniture. These photos say it all. I think the easiest and cheapest way to update some ugly furniture is to buy new knobs and offer a paint job. Using a bold, accent, or complimentary color in your home on a piece of furniture can be sweet and creative just with one color. On the opposite side, I was enthralled with how much I liked the idea, photo below found in Apartment Therapy, where the dresser was painted to match the wall color – making for a seamless and calming look.
Painting creative designs is not the only way to make a statement. Another idea that I love, and have tried before, is wallpapering the dresser. If you don’t have an artists’ hand then wallpaper can give the swirly designs you may be looking for. Try putting the paper on the sides, rather than the front.
If you don’t want to do anything too permanent, you can always get a piece of glass cut to fit perfectly over the top (make sure the edges are rounded) and host photos, paper, fabric, etc. underneath for a unique and every-changing look.
And of course if you want the DIY one-of-a-kinds but don’t like doing the work then there’s always Etsy. Lena Corwin actually teaches you how to make the cute dresser to the right, on Etsy. If you want to do a DIY dresser but don’t have a dresser then I recommend Craigslist and your local Goodwill store. Have fun.