DIY Mondays: Child’s Dresser Revamp on a Budget

A child’s environment is constantly evolving as well as our own. We get bored of the same surroundings in our home and as our kids get older and bored of theirs, that does not mean that we have to keep buying new furniture for them. If it was all pastels and muted colors for your baby, a simple furniture revamp is all that’s needed for your growing child’s furniture to grow with them. I decided to embark on a quick semi-DIY (I say semi because I didn’t build the dresser). I apologize that I do not have a before picture to show you because the dresser was purchased a couple years back on Craigslist for $25 and I was too impatient to get this project going. The dresser was all white with wooden drawer pulls. Simple, but it had no character.


Funny how a little color can go a looooong way. I went straight to Home Depot where they carry the Behr line (my absolute favorite paint brand because it never fails me being a paint and primer in one). I already had the colors in my mind that would grow with a little toddler into her teens. Colors are listed at the end of this post. I didn’t want to purchase the quart sizes for four different colors because I only needed a small amount of paint for each drawer, so I purchased their sampler sizes with my color choices. I needed a glossy finish, but they only carry the flat finish in the samplers, so I purchased a clear, glossy paint finish, which happened to be on clearance also. I bought that in a quart size. I applied two coats on each drawer and when they dried, applied the glossy finish.

The wooden pulls were painted a light green with quaint daisies. Cute, but not my style. I purchased four gold pulls to give it a more grown up look. I spent about $30 altogether for the paint, gloss, and drawer pulls. There you go! Dresser revamp on a budget! You now have a customized dresser that didn’t cost you an arm and a leg and won’t take up your whole day! Happy painting! If you decided to embark on this project on your dressers, what colors did you choose?


Behr colors in sample sizes from top to bottom:

  • Sweet Mandarin
  • Youthful Coral
  • Mint Majesty
  • Saffron Thread
  • Gloss: 1 qt of Rustoleum Painter’s Touch- Crystal Clear Gloss

Drawer pulls similar to the ones I used: Giagni 3″ Antique Brass Cup Pull

All purchased from Home Depot.


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