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Dresser Makeovers: Ten Ideas In A Shabby Chic Or Rustic Style

How many of you have an old hand me down dresser laying around that you are not quite sure what to do with?  Once you see some of these dresser transformations, you may have a better idea of the possibilities in store for your sorry little dresser.  It’s amazing to me what a little paint and hardware upgrading can do.  The makeovers don’t have to cost a lot of money either.  You can create expensive looking hardware and finishes yourself for just a fraction of the cost of buying new.

I will show you a dresser that I made over plus several that I have found in a shabby chic or rustic style that will inspire you to tackle your own project.

Here is the dresser that I turned into a rustic storage unit just outside my craft room:

This dresser had started out in my nursery and had gone through several makeovers throughout the years.  It was in pretty rough shape but works perfectly now at the end of this hallway outside of my craft room.  The missing drawer was simply covered with some cork board which works great for holding any important notes.  Check out the before and after pictures and tutorial here.

I’m loving the color of this garage sale redo by Home Made.  This may have you going out to buy an old dresser if you don’t have your own already!  Check out how she accomplished this great finish.

Here is another great and colorful transformation from The Modern Cottage.  You have to see the before picture on this one!  This is a great example on what a little paint and a change of hardware can do.

Sometimes just painting an old dresser isn’t enough.  In My Own Style used vintage typographer gift wrap to wrap up the top of this dresser!  See how she accomplished this decoupage and what she did to makeover the knobs as well.

If you like a rustic style that is a bit more on the whimsical side, you will love this colorful option by Chrissie’s Collections.  She uses a couple of different colorful paints and some fun rustic and whimsical hardware to put together this artsy piece.  It looks nothing like the original dresser.

Salvaged pieces of wood are used for this amazing dresser transformation.  I love the rustic elegance of this piece done by Design Sponge At Home.  It gives such a fresh new look to an old tired dresser.  There is so much interest in the variety of colors from the different types of woods.

Sometimes a dresser just needs a little cleaning up and some very minor changes to make a big impact.  This makeover by Saving Grace didn’t require too much but the added detail looks wonderful.

Making It Homey definitely made this dresser homey.  The white paint with the distressed finish is a great look for a shabby chic or rustic style.  The transformation looks so much better than what it started out as.

This next one is more of a bedside table than a full dresser but I love all of the fun elements.  The decoupaged typography paper and the feminine touches on the drawer handles makes this super chic.  It shows what you can do to embellish your existing knobs.  Check out this tutorial by Twigg Studios.

And, finally, it is very popular to repaint dressers with chalk paint.  However, chalk paint can be very expensive. Liz Marie shows how you can make your own chalk paint like she did for this dresser.  It’s easy to get a nice finish without all of the expense.

I hope all of these dresser makeovers give you some ideas for your own project.  Make sure to check out all of the tutorials for complete instructions so you will be well prepared to tackle the job!

Happy decorating!