before & after: children’s dresser refresh

Yellow is rarely my color of choice, but with all the cold, dark dreariness that winter unloads on my apartment, I’m really appreciating the energy of this beautiful, sunny chevron dresser. Courtney and her husband originally scored this dresser off Craigslist and painted it solid, but when they moved to California, Courtney decided to jazz things up a bit. Her chevron pattern addition is brilliant; it does so much for the personality of this piece, and the solid white drawers are a markedly sophisticated touch. Not bad for $12 and 2 hours :) Great job, Courtney! — Kate

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Time: 2–3 hours (12 hours drying time)

Cost: $12 for painter’s tape; the dresser cost $50, and the previous paint and hardware update was $50 for the supplies

Basic Steps: This is an antique dresser that I bought off Craigslist. It originally had a mirror attached, and we simply puttied the holes before we sanded and painted it. My hubby sprayed it with a borrowed paint sprayer and a gallon of paint and primer (in one): Glidden Spicy Banana Pepper Yellow. We used it like this in our Baltimore row house, but with a recent move to California, I felt like it needed more pizazz. So we painted the chevron pattern by taping it out with painter’s tape and using a can of Rustoleum white spray paint. It was a super simple update, which was inspired by a chevron-painted ceiling I saw.

THE BEST ADVICE I have is using Green FROG tape. It is AMAZING for keeping clean paint lines. Also make sure and take your time when taping. Also try to be as patient as possible when waiting for it to dry before removing the tape. It is so hard for me every time I do a project because I cannot wait to remove the tape and see the amazingness . . . but the Hubs always makes me wait, thank goodness ; ) — Courtney


i like the chevron pattern but w the solid top drawers it’s making my head spin bc it is so busy. nice change tho, prefer it solid.


Love the yellow and white chevron…but would like to have seen the small drawers either yellow or a smaller chevron.


Where did you find the shiny silver pulls? I have a very similar dresser and have never found pulls I like.


wow! though I probably would have left the upper drawers yellow. Anyhoo, nice one!


cool dresser, but the lampshade steals the show for me and i desperately need to know where it is from! or maybe it is handmade?


SF the knobs were just basic home depot knobs….@Snowsuit it is handmade the DIY is on my blog check it out! Thanks everyone for the feedback. I too thought I should keep the tops drawers yellow at first…and after the bottom two drawers were done it just didn’t look right…..;.)


Cute before….fabulous after! I love the way you alternated the chevron on the two drawers and I think the top drawers in white is spot on! Gotta love craigslist….and your arrangement on top of the dresser is great too.


So perfect. I am actually painting my daughter’s dresser in a similar fashion. Thank you for the inspiration. And I LOVE the top drawers white. Good choice.


This is adorable, BUT would it be too much to ask to see that whole wall? Or maybe it’s already posted on your site somewhere? I love the arrangement of photos you have above the dresser. I was hoping to see how it all looked together, pretty please? Thanks, Shan

Evelyn M

I’ve seen many dresser refreshers, but the Chevron truly rules. It is a classic, simple, easy to do, and boldy refreshing. It can be done with one new colour as the original base can be the background colour. Definately a winner!


Hi I want to do a DIY project similar to this one. It will be my first attempt at this. What grit of sandpaper do you recommend when sanding the furniture? Thanks!