Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Military Themed Dresser- Part 2

I am so stoked about sharing the progress on my latest dresser project. The goal was to make it resemble a military theme with out plastering it with all things warlike.  I  had mentioned in Part 1 of this makeover that I wanted to line the dresser drawers, get new hardware and do some stenciling or decals on the front of the dresser.  I still haven't decided on the stenciling part so I will continue to play around with some cute ideas before I call it a day on that idea.  Last time we talked about this bad boy I was obsessing over ASCP {Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint}.  Things haven't changed since, I just finished up painting a crown molding shelf the same "chateau gray" color. IN LOVE!   This whole room is coming together piece by piece and I don't want it to end. I love doing makeovers for my family.  I am secretly jumping up and down over in excitement to share my DIY Star Window Shades that I created on my own for this room. It's definitely something anyone could do and all it took was a little imagination.  I am so proud of myself because I don't sew and I managed to keep it that way while doing a project that should typically involve sewing. Wahooo for me!  All jokes aside I need to learn to sew.  #lazybum

Here is what the dresser looked like the last time you saw it in Part 1 of the rehab....

I had removed the hardware, painted 1 coat of ASCP "Chateau Gray", waxed it, distressed it and waxed it again.  Next step was to line the drawers and add some military looking hardware.

Check out how I did...

FUN....right?  I was so excited when I found this camo scrapbook paper at Jo Ann Fabrics. I also wanted to do something a little unexpected so I picked up a couple pieces of polka dot paper to keep it kid friendly.  I didn't want it to scream "Guns blazin!"

Here is a quick rundown of how I lined the drawers....

I used three pieces of paper for each drawer, two full sized pieces and one cut up piece to fill in the blanks.

Here is one drawer all set to be glued in place.

I used a spray adhesive that is PERFECT for these kinds of projects.  It doesn't lock you in place once you lay the paper down, it is forgiving and allows you to reposition as you go.  I layed a couple pieces down for a minute or two and then I realized I  wasn't happy so I pulled them all up and it wasn't an issue. Love this stuff....


I repeated the same process for the polka dot paper.

I decided to do every other drawer a different pattern to spice things up.

Believe it or not this hardware is from the Martha Stewart collection at Home Depot. Who knew? I love how these pulls have a section specifically made for labels on the front.  CLUTCH!  Tommy will soon know where all of his favorite jammies are!

I would highly recommend lining drawers and cabinets in your home.  It just gives that space an unexpected umph that will make you grin from ear to ear.  This is definitely something we do for ourselves because we all know we are the only ones seeing these drawers and cabinets on a daily basis!  Oh and remember, don't feel confined to using contact paper or shelf liner. Feel free to branch out and use scrapbook paper or even wrapping paper, they all work just fine and you will get more options that way.  I think this scrapbook paper is a major game changer for this dresser!  As the Marines say "Oohrah!" I'll be back to share my DIY Star Shades and all the finishing touches real soon....


  1. I love this idea for a kids room. No need to worry about scratches on furniture when it already has that distressed look.

  2. I love using chalk paint. It is soooooo easy. I am ordering that chateau gray you used, looks so pretty.

  3. Where did you get the camo print paper?

  4. I am a refurb newbie. Why do you have to wax it? What kind of wax do you use?

    1. I had never heard of waxing either until I read about chalk paint. It gives your furniture a nice hard finish and it is water proof. You can read more about it here... http://bestfurniturepaint.com/


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