How to Wall Paper a Dresser | TUTORIAL

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We’re back today with another project post that we are super jazzed about! We are talking about one of my favorite ways to update a boring piece of furniture…How to Wall Paper a Dresser!

If you’re into wall paper, you might want to see my entire post about accent walls and how to plan them in your house. I include stuff about wall paper there. I’ve also got a whole post on how to actually wall paper your walls too ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s what I used for this project: *uses affiliate links

Supplies to Wall Paper A Dresser

This little dresser is our first real makeover that will be part of the space. Remember where it was in our new walk-in closet?Wall Papered Dresser Before

It was a $40 thrift store buy and truthfully, I think we over paid.  ๐Ÿ™‚ It was very beat up and the panel details on the front were obviously (and badly) glued on. I always knew I’d do something to it, I hadn’t made up my mind… until three elements came together.

How to add wallpaper to a dresser

Lions, Purple and Paper!

I started by removing the hardware and prying off the panel pieces. They revealed a nasty gross old brown glue mark.

But – you guys! Best trick ever! Textured, paintable wall paper! I simply measured my drawer fronts, cut the paper to size, rolled it pattern side in and dipped it in luke warm water to activate the glue. Then I let the glue cure for five minutes and applied the paper to the drawers. Seriously. Dead easy. Easiest fix for damaged drawer fronts of all time. Here is a link to the exact kind of wallpaper I used.

How to add wallpaper to a dresser

You can’t really tell from this photo, but the paper is textured, I swear.

I ended up trimming down the edges with just regular old craft scissors. This paper is fairly durable and can hold up to quite a bit of tugging so long as you don’t soak it  TOO much with water.

How to use textured wallpaper

Then I turned to the lovely and moody Basalto by PARA Paints*. Once again, I can’t even. This colour. It’s just so great. Not quite purple, not quite grey, but every single bit grown-up and sophisticated. I actually think it would look fab on a front door.

Dresser updated with textured wallpaper and paint
A tutorial for rehabbing a dresser with paint and textured wall paper!

It took a few coats of Basalto with a high-pile roller to get some nice even coverage. Then I measured and drilled and added my lion’s head drawer pulls. Once again, I can’t even.

Dresser updated with Brass Lion Head drawer pulls and textured wallpaper

I have a thing for lions. And horses. And elephants. And most animals … so these drawer pulls make my heart absolutely sing.

Dresser updated with Brass Lion Head drawer pulls and textured wallpaper

At this point, you’re probably jazzed to try this project out right? So you might also want to read this post about how to destink thrift store furniture. If you have a smelly piece, wallpaper won’t save you LOL

Meantime, you might also want to see some inspiration for how to outfit nearly every room in your house with thrift store finds!

Hope you’re having a great week!

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One thought on “How to Wall Paper a Dresser | TUTORIAL

  1. Love. IT. The texture is amazing and those lion pulls are totally awesome! Can you just come and be in my live-in furniture make-overer (I just made that up. Make-overer is totally a word now)?

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