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Dressing Up the Common Dresser

Magazine article Sunset

Dressing Up the Common Dresser

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It's easy to transform these bedroom bureaus into one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture

UNFINISHED PINE dressers were the blank canvases for this decorative painting project. We purchased an unadorned trio at an unfinished-furniture store for about $100 apiece, and asked designer Francoise Kirkman to give them some inexpensive but colorful and stylish pizzazz.

With the exception of adding six fish-shaped napkin rings as knobs to one of the dressers, she transformed the furniture entirely by painting or staining, and then sealing with acrylic varnish. She also used sandpaper, masking tape, and paintbrushes.

Begin by sanding the surface of the dresser. Depending on the wood's factory preparation, you'll probably need only medium- and finegrit sandpaper. The dressers with the leaf and quilt patterns were each primed, lightly sanded once more, then given a base coat of paint before decoration.

The maple leaf dresser features the spray-painted silhouettes of different size leaves, which reveal the dresser's cream-color base. …

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