DIY:Thrift Store Dresser Upcycle


I love finding great pieces that just need a little love in thrift stores.   When I spotted this dresser for just $30 at the local thrift shop I just knew it was meant for me. It would have looked really good with some sanding and fresh stain but I wanted to get a little more creative. I needed a piece for my office to store camera gear and craft supplies in so I wanted to create something that would really inspire me. It took me a while to come up with my redo plan…in fact it wasn’t until I went in the craft store for fabric but instead bought blank vellum paper that the final idea hit me.

I decided to redo the dresser with yellow paint and a vintage camera theme using vellum paper. Below are the steps I used for this DIY project.


Tools I Used:

  • Sander
  • Grey Gripper Primer
  • Yellow Paint
  • Vellum Paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Exacto Knife or Box Cutter
  • Grey Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Silver Paint Pen


Steps I Took:

  1. Lightly Sand Entire Piece
  2. Prime with Grey Gripper Primer
  3. Apply Coats of Yellow Paint
  4. I used Photoshop to design the Vintage Camera Print. You can get the designs here: small design & large design
  5. I opened the design in Indesign and used tile (or poster) printing. When printing this way it crates an overlap so you can match up the pieces but since vellum is see through I had to cut away the overlap just so each paper would meet at the seam. It is kind of like putting together a puzzle.
  6. I coated the drawer with Mod Podge inside the grooved line and applied the vellum like wall paper. This part got a little scary as the vellum wanted to wrinkle. Use a yard stick or something similar to smooth the best you can and place heavy objects on top (I used baking pans with heavy objects inside). Once it dries for several hours the paper  will look much better.
  7. After the vellum is dried I used a box cutter and traced around the grooved lines to cut away the extra vellum.
    * At this point I thought I would gloss over the vellum but NO. The gloss smeared the ink everywhere and I had to start over. So just glue it down carefully the first time.
  8. I used a silver paint pen to paint the grooved lines.
  9. I spruced up the knobs with some grey acrylic paint.

I am linking to Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday!



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *