Decorative Dresser Makeover

Submitted by My Sisters Suitcase

The challenge for American Crafter Round Onethis week was “Hardware Store Gems”… so naturally, I started by going to Lowe’s to see what I could find. My idea was to completely re-do the dresser in my master bedroom. This thing has got to be at least 20 years old… it is a hand-me-down from my mom. Here’s a look at what I’ve been staring at for the past 8 years when I wake up every morning:

Pretty sad, huh?
Here is what I came across in the sheet metal aisle…


It’s a 24×36″ decorative aluminum sheet {in Union Jack pattern.} It was love at first sight. With a name like “Union Jack” how could I notbuy it? It was calling my name… even at $27 a sheet.

OK, before I go any further, can I show you what I did? I can’t wait any longer! I promise I will get to all the other stuff in a minute.

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Can I just tell you how much I LOVE walking in my room now? Let’s just have a little reminder of what it looked like before I started this makeover…

Yikes!!!! {If you are here for the first time, please don’t let this picture scare you!} You can read more about it here. But seriously, this dresser makeover has completelytransformed my bedroom. (Well, at least one side of it!) It makes me smile every time I look at it.

OK, now on to the good stuff.

I started this project with the biggest DIY splurge I’ve made in the past 6 months… Annie Sloan chalk paint. About a month ago I was driving through Utah and stopped to buy 2 quarts {Pure White and French Linen} and some Clear Wax. Over $100 later, I was wondering if this stuff is all it’s cracked up to be. I’ll tell you more about the painting process and my thoughts about it next week, but I did take some advice from one of my favorite bloggers, Emily at Decor Chick. You can read about her thoughts & tips on AS chalk paint here.

Today, I will be showing you how I created the drawer fronts and updated the hardware for my new dresser!

1. The first thing I needed was a pair of tin snips to cut my aluminum sheet. I went with the Wiss multi-purpose pair ($13) and they worked wonderfully. I measured my drawers, then made sure to cut the metal on the line of the pattern {creating a clean, uniform edge for each piece.}

2. Next, I painted each piece with Pure White chalk paint and a foam roller. 2 coats was perfect. I also sprayed it with a clear polyeruthane to protect it from chipping.

3. I just wanted to see how they looked on the drawers… loving that Union Jack design!

4. Here is what my dresser looked like on Day 2. All painted and waxed, ready to be gussied up 🙂

5. Now I faced the question I’d been dreading… how am I going to attach these babies to the drawers? My first idea was Gorilla Glue. Then I read the back and realized that it “foams up” to 3 times the size after application. {Not gonna work with all those pretty holes in my pattern.} After taking a closer look, I saw the perfect circle spot that repeated throughout the design. It was the exact size of the Medium Zots {also known as glue dots} that I’ve used on other projects.

6. So I went for it! I attached the Zots around the edge of the sheet, about every other “spot” and a few extras on the corner sections. It worked great! They are attached well, and I just added a few dots of Krazy Glue on the corners to make sure they are really secure.

7. Before I attached the adhesive, I cut holes in the metal {using my tin snips again} to match up with the existing holes for the hardware. Then I attached the Zots and adhered the sheet to the drawer face.

8. Adding the new drawer pulls made me sigh…. ahhhhh. Aren’t they beautiful?

9. Another shot of the new drawers 🙂

10. I was struggling to find knobs for the top drawer. I wanted something unique to set it apart, but not totally different from the geometric pattern on the other drawers. I found these beauties at JoAnns (70% off too!) They were a little “tribal” for what I was going for, but the shape was perfect.

11. I gave them a few quick coats of white paint and voila…

12. Turning them on the diamond slant completed the look.

So that’s it! Thanks for sticking it out through this post 🙂 Let’s take one more look at the before and after:

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I am the husband of the amazing Cassity of Remodelaholic. I love to problem solve and to design and build things inside and outside the house to make life better. I am a professional Landscape Architect by trade and love the outdoors.

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    1. Love your dresser,just in time I’m redoing mine and needed ideas, gonna try something like yours. Thanks for sharing

  1. This is SO beautiful and just so you know I couldn’t wait to read through to find out what you did so I scrolled to the bottom first and found out. AHA! Then went back and read it all. Great idea and you should be VERY proud!

    1. You totally rocked this! Makes me want to go around collecting all of the dressers in the garbage in my area! SMH. We are a dumb society. This is beautiful.

  2. Okay, this is so fun and gorgeous! A couple of questions: what size did the sheet metal come in? I couldn’t find it on Lowe’s website, so maybe it’s just sold in stores. Question 2, did you have to do anything along edges when you put it on the drawers? I’m just wondering if it would be sharp for the little fingers in my house.

    1. Sarah, This was actually a guest post, so it might be good to jump over to her site and ask those question since i can’t tell you how it is holding up!

  3. I bought the exact same sheet metal (from Home Depot) to build a wood & sheet metal radiator enclosure in the bathroom, using the sheet metal for air flow openings… had been wondering how I was going to cut it… and now I see… metal scissors! I have a pair that cuts up to 18ga… Thanks!!!! And GREAT makeover, by the way! 🙂

  4. Very pretty. Next time try using E6000 glue does not swell, let the glue dry and you will have a permanent hold. Even with very heavy items.