Decalicious Dresser Makeover

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June 24, 2020

Decalicious Dresser Makeover - painted three drawer dresser with large rose decal.This was an unwanted, inexpensive dresser someone had set out in front of their house. I took it home and decided since it was free, I could be a little adventuresome with it. And this is what my husband and I did!


Total Time: 5 hours


  • 2.5 Tbsp plaster of paris
  • yardstick
  • 1 can paint
  • 1 can Varathane water based spray varnish
  • 4 sponge paint brush
  • 1 can base coat paint "Kilz"
  • 1 decal
  • 3 pieces sandpaper
  • razor blade knife
  • pencil
  • craft stick for smoothing decal


  1. Clean dresser thoroughly and remove any hardware if necessary. Paint with a base coat of "Kilz" to even out the surface and so the decal will adhere more easily to surface.
  2. Decalicious Dresser Makeover - drawers removed
    Decalicious Dresser Makeover - dresser before makeover
    Decalicious Dresser Makeover - drawer fronts
    Decalicious Dresser Makeover - applying primer with a foam brush
  3. Make chalk paint with 1 cup latex paint, 1 1/2 tablespoons water, and 2 1/2 tablespoons Plaster of Paris. Paint. Let dry for 48 hours.
  4. Decalicious Dresser Makeover - plaster of Paris and paint to make chalk paint
    Decalicious Dresser Makeover - applying paint over the primer
  5. Apply decals according to instructions on decal. We had three decals for four drawers, so we had to measure and cut the decals to fit accordingly. We also had to work the design around the hardware "hearts" in the middle of each drawer.
  6. Decalicious Dresser Makeover - three part decal sheet
    Decalicious Dresser Makeover - applying the decal

  7. Apply Varathane varnish to the entire dresser, including decals, and let dry.
  8. Decalicious Dresser Makeover - can of spray Varathane
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