Learn How to Paint a Dresser for a BOLD Statement

July 6, 2014

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Transform a chest of drawers with an amazing makeover! Learn how to paint a dresser in a graphic geometric pattern to make a bold statement with this simple DIY tutorial. 

how to paint a dresser with geometric lines

I am putting together my new home office/craft space where I can do all of my blogging and that is going to require quite a few paint transformations. The first thing I wanted to transform is this antique dresser that used to live in my twin girls' nursery. Back then, I painted it green on green with a sweet lattice pattern. (For the DIY on how I did this pattern on another piece of furniture check out our girls' IKEA bookshelves.) I loved the lattice for their nursery, but it was not at all what I wanted for my home office.

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AWESOME! Learn how to paint a dresser to make a bold statement! Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body. #spon #OPI #painteddresser

I didn't have any trouble picking out my paint colors. I chose three bold colors from a collaboration between OPI and Clark+Kensington— My Pointe Exactly, Black Onyx and Suzy Says Feng Shui. I knew I wanted this piece to make a big bold statement!

I grabbed a quart of flat finish in each color and got to work!  It took some time to figure this project out, so I am going to share with you the full tutorial of how to paint a dresser with a BOLD geometric pattern, which will make it much easier on you if you decide to tackle this yourself.  


Materials Needed:

  • Three paint colors.  You will use two for the geometric pattern and an accent color for the sides of the drawers. (These are My Pointe Exactly, Black Onyx and Suzy Says Feng Shui from a collaboration between OPI and Clark+Kensington that are no longer available). 
  • Painter's tape in a  width that you want for your pattern.  Honestly, I would recommend Frog Tape for the job, but I could not find the size I needed before I started my project.
  • Paint brush {my favorite is the Purcy Angular Trim Brush
  • Gold spray paint if you want to change your hardware to gold
  • A whole lot of patience :)


Steps:how to paint a dresser with geometric lines
1) Remove the drawers and line them up on the floor so that they are actually touching each other. Make sure they are lined up perfectly. Using your base color, paint the drawers. Technically, I should have used black for this step since that was my base color, but I knew it would be harder to paint over with the light color, so I painted all of my drawers with the My Pointe Exactly color.

2) Once your base layer dries, tape off your pattern. If you want to use the same pattern I did, just be sure that you use a 90-degree angle so that the corners of the “arrows” are perfectly square. This epiphany occurred to me AFTER I had already taped it up the first time and thought it looked kind of funny. I had to peel all the tape off and start over.
3) Paint your base color over the top of the tape. This will “seal” the tape so that your top color doesn't bleed at all. This step may not be necessary with Frog Tape, but it is absolutely necessary with regular blue painter's tape.
4) After your second base color coat dries, paint over the tape again with your second color. My second color was the Black Onyx and required two coats for good coverage.
5) While your drawers are drying, paint the rest of your dresser. I painted the rest of the dresser the Black Onyx color.
6) Next, paint the sides of your drawers in your accent color. For me, this was the Suzy Says Feng Shui color. It's SO PRETTY.  And I love to see that pop of color when I open the drawers.
7-8) Once your paint is dry, you are ready to peel off the tape and admire your work. Be patient and pull gently and slowly.
You will probably have some minor touch up work to do–I did! I also decided to paint the edges of all the drawers black because after the fact I decided that would look better. Oh, and I realized that I made a mistake taping my first time around. I fixed it pretty easily, but check out the photo below to see how I should have done it the first time to get the look I wanted.
how to paint a dresser with geometric lines

To save money, I decided to reuse the drawer pulls, but I didn't love the look of the pewter finish, so I spray painted them with metallic gold spray paint. Once they dried, I reattached them.  Here is the finished product!how to paint a dresser with geometric lines

how to paint a dresser with geometric lines

how to paint a dresser with geometric lines

how to paint a dresser with geometric lines

I am so, so, so in LOVE with my bold dresser! If you are looking for a bold pop of color in your home, you don't have to spend a ton of money! All you have to do is use your imagination and DIY an amazing piece. For more cool dresser ideas that will give you more inspiration take a look at 15 Amazing DIY Dresser Projects. Get creative! 

If you want other awesome furniture painting tutorials, check out How To Paint a Dresser, How to Paint Furniture With Chalk Decorative Paint: A Step-by-Step Guideand DIY Furniture Restoration TutorialI have painted all kinds of furniture and have so many great tips and tricks in these posts! 

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  1. […] for a treat.  I have already fallen in love with many of the OPI colors, which you can read about here and here.  But I needed something more colorful and lively for this project and the brand new The […]

  2. […] you may also want to check out the full tutorial for how I painted the BOLD geometric dresser, that I am also using in my craft […]

  3. […] you may also want to check out the full tutorial for how I painted the BOLD geometric dresser, that I am also using in my craft […]

  4. […] Geometric Dresser {this is a DIY–the link will take you to my full tutorial} […]

  5. […] nursery, but I gave it a bold, graphic paint job before putting it in my craft room.  You can see the full tutorial here.  It provides fabulous storage for ribbon, paper and other craft […]

  6. […] If you enjoyed this art project, you may also want to check out how I create my own DIY photo canvases {with REAL texture} and how I created DIY art for my powder room.  You can also see how I painted that gorgeous geometric dresser here. […]

  7. Courtney says:

    This is so awesome Tasha! I LOVE the tip to paint your base color over the tape – that’s so smart and I wish I would have learned that a loooooong time ago!

    I’m so jealous that you get to be part of Ace’s Blogger panel! Can’t wait to see what else you guys come up with!

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thanks so much, Courtney! I wish I had figured out painting over the tape long before I did! It makes such a difference. I am having so much fun working with Ace’s blogger panel. I cannot WAIT for all my readers to see my July project. Stay tuned :)

  8. […] Bold striped dresser using new OPI paints from Ace Hardware […]

  9. […] pick:  Bold Painted Dresser by Designer […]

  10. […] Bold Painted Dresser from Tasha at Designer Trapped In A Lawyer’s Body. […]

  11. Kristy says:

    I absolutely adore this piece! I love black and white bold patterns, and this one ROCKS! Thanks for sharing. Pinning to remember!

    Kristy @ 3 Peppers Recipes – Crafts, Cooking & Color

  12. Tasha, this turned out gorgeous! I love the black and white AND those drawer pulls! Beautiful. Thanks for sharing at The Makers!

  13. Love how this turned out and great tutorial!

  14. I love the colors and kudos for tackling this bold project- it turned out fabulous! I’m always searching for new things to paint so now I’ll be looking for old furniture to transform.

    • Tasha A. says:

      Awww, thank you Sondra! I am so happy with how it turned out. The OPI colors by Clark+Kensington are seriously amazing. I can’t wait to paint something else with them!

  15. Nicki says:

    Your patience paid off-this is an AMAZING dresser! What a great, unique piece. You found the perfect balance of boldness and sophistication. Well done.

  16. This is absolutely gorgeous, Tasha! Thank you so much for sharing at this week’s Project Inspire{d} ~ pinning!

  17. Erin says:

    Amazing! So stylish! Love love love :)

  18. Gayathri says:

    Wowww the pattern looks amazing….very unique from the regular chevrons….love ittttt

  19. Carmody says:

    Tasha- this dresser is freaking awesome! I am in love with it well done.

  20. Kathryn says:

    What a transformation. It warms my heart that you are able to continue to use this piece and find different ways to decorate with it. Nice job!!

  21. Jamala says:

    I love the bold pattern – great job

  22. Al says:

    Wow! The detailed pattern looks amazing and I love the colours.

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