How to Add Vintage-y Texture to Your Dresser

Did you have a happy Valentine’s Day?  We took a Valentine detour yesterday.  Today, let’s give this refurbished dresser some texture and detailing.

How to Add Vintage-y Texture to Drawer Sides

The design on the paintable wall paper drew my attention right away.  (Click picture for ordering details.)

Fresco Paintable Wallpaper

Super Fresco Paintable Wallpaper

The minute I saw the vintage detail, I knew exactly where I wanted it for everyday enjoyment.  🙂

How to Add Vintage-y Texture to Drawer Sides

Do you like the lacy look?  Tell me I’m not the only one!  Please!

If you’d like to give the paper some color, you could paint it a solid color.  Or, accent the print like the XO I made on the Facebook Live video (link in Monday’s dresser reveal post).

Valentine XO DIY

It’s a dry brush method.  Dab your brush into the paint, then scrape your brush along the edge of the paint can.  Drag the sides of the brush lightly over the surface to color the raised stamping in your color(s) of choice.  Swish it back and forth, up and down, all around – until you like the way it looks.  You can use a roller, but that wastes a lot of paint.

Painting Wallpaper

If you prefer the clean white, skip the painting and move to the pasting.

Here’s the Facebook Live video, or you can read on and see the close-up pictures.

When I painted my drawers, I tried to be neat along the sides.  When I placed the paper to the drawer before pasting, I realized I wanted white behind the edges so no dark would be exposed.  I quickly painted the drawer edges to give the paper a white background.

Painting Drawers

Yeah, you’re right…it doesn’t look very neat, but it’ll be covered, remember?

Measure the distance inside the drawer.

 

Measuring Drawer

Cut a piece from the wallpaper roll to your measurement minus half an inch for ease.

Wallpaper Prep

The full width is perfect for two drawer sides, so fold and cut in half.

Wallpaper Prep

Place pieces over the sides, and trim around the point where the drawer front meets the side.

Wallpaper Prep

Trimming Wallpaper

Trimming Wallpaper

Run paste over the wallpaper pieces.

Pasting Wallpaper

Follow the instructions on your wallpaper paste.  It may say to fold your paper onto itself and let it sit for five minutes.

Pasting Wallpaper

Attach pieces to drawer sides, aligning the trimmed areas.  Then run a tiny clean, dry roller over the paper from bottom to top in a diagonal direction, over the edge and down to the inside.  This works any air bubbles out.

Pasting Wallpaper

You should have a few inches of paper on the inside, which is enough at my house because the drawers will be full in no time!

Finger-press to secure areas with curvatures.

Pasting Wallpaper

Stand back and admire the luscious-ness of that paper!

Papered Drawer Sides

There you have it, folks!  Wasn’t that easy?

Blessings~

I’m sharing this DIY at Metamorphosis Monday.  Follow the link and join us!  🙂

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Comments

  1. Sharron says

    Oh Kim, I love that paper on the side of the drawers!!!:) I am going to start real soon on my parents old dresser and chest !! I had already thought I would just paint them because I didn’t want to see the dark sides .. l love this idea. Your dresser looks so pretty!!

    • says

      Thank you! The papering really is easy to do, and pretty quick, too. Good luck with yours. I hope it turns out the way you like it (and as much as i like mine)! 🙂

  2. Belinda Longwith says

    So love this idea. I have a chest that belonged to my grandparents I’m going to try this on. I’m going to paint it with homemade chalk paint. If I don’t use the wallpaper I might paint the sides then stencil a design. Thanks for the beautiful idea.

  3. robin says

    OOOOH I love that!!! I have visions of paintable wallpaper dancing in my head!!!
    I am thinking …..an old end table or nightstand….maybe doing the drawer FRONTS like this!!!

    Oh man….I am gonna HAVE to do this!!!

    See what you have done…..hahahahaha

    Here is a good laugh for you….I was in one of my fave thrift stores today. It was 50% off the entire store ALL day. They usually do a 50%-er once every few months and it’s usually only 9:30-12 noon.

    I got there a lil late…about 9:50…Q needed a walk and dilly-dallied. (Yeah, blame the DOG cuz ya didn’t get out of the house earlier.LOL)

    Now today was my “sleep-in” day but I got up for this sale. I don’t give up sleeping in for ANYthing!

    I saw some big fabric “thingys” and picked one up. I saw Pottery Barn on the tag. I said to the lady shopping near me, “I don’t know what it is but it’s Pottery Barn, so I want it!” hahahaha

    Hey, Pottery Barn is $$$$$ so I know I can sell it on eBay. They were Euro shams…quilted…in a burgundy-ish rust-ish color. So for a BUCK….HELLO!!!!

    I also saw this olive green dress….I could tell it was expensive just looking at the fabric. I was right! New…this Lafayette 148 NY dress was $595!!!! It’s wool. I laughed. You couldn’t PAY me $595 to wear it (if it were my size). Wool and linen make me itch like a loon! LOL Ok so maybe I would wear it just to get the $$$. But not ever again. LOL

    The dress doesn’t even look worn. Poshmark is selling it used for $149. I paid $3.

    CHA-CHING!!! I also found some springy dishes that will sell …as replacements for somebody who needs them. 50 cents and a dollar. I got a few other (ton of) things including a pastels picture that someone had made of their 2 dogs. On the back it said it was for dad for his bday in 1971 and signed by his wife and kids. Cali LOVES that kind of art…unknown artists. And it’s dogs….so…it was a great deal for a buck.

    A sequin party dress for $3. I am selling that, too. Some old old old knitting magazines…half off a quarter. I got some baby things to sell and some for Dakota, my lil chickadee.

    Q loves to sniff in the bags…lots of interesting smells! LOL

    It was a good shopping day!!!

    • says

      I’m sorry, Robin! That’s the problem with hoping to inspire others. Sometimes we can wreak havoc in others’ lives! I know you’ll squeeze it into your busy schedule. 🙂 You hit the jackpot that day! I’d love to know how much you made from selling the haul from that one day on-line. 🙂

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