With a little bit of paint, decoupage medium, paper cutouts, and elbow grease, a worn-out old dresser that's ready for the garbage or donation pile can be transformed into a beauty for just pennies. Recycling and restoring furniture instead of buying new is also good for the environment and your pocketbook.
Get inspired from the following decoupage dresser projects and learn how to turn trash into treasure with paper, fabric, and a decoupage medium, such as Mod Podge.
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A Moody Photo Transforms a Dresser
This worn midcentury modern dresser is recrafted to feature a decoupaged photo of succulents. The photo was printed as an oversized blueprint to get that moody tint. The photo was then cut and glued to the dresser front with decoupage medium which also serves as a clear coat finish.
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A Blonde Bombshell Comes to Life
If you're a fan of Marilyn Monroe, a classic movie star and icon, why not immortalize her by decoupaging one of her posters onto a dresser. This craft technique works well with any poster decoupaged onto a dresser with a flat front.
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Decoupage a Tapestry on a Dresser
Many people think that decoupage is only for paper cutouts. It is possible to decoupage fabric onto furniture, and this boho style dresser proves it. The dresser is decoupaged with tapestry-style fabric that looks like hand-painted artwork or lace from afar.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Paste a Poster on a Dresser
Create a romantic piece of furniture by decoupaging an old dresser with a large poster of Gustav Klimt's painting "The Kiss." The painting is the most famous work that Gustav Klimt designed and painted sometime between 1907 and 1908. You'll easily find prints of this and other masterpieces to fit your furniture online or even in your local art museum's gift shop.
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Turn a Dresser Into a Coloring Book
Put your kid's coloring pages to good use by decoupaging a dresser with the art. You can approach this one of two ways. Decoupage completed art. Or make the dresser an interactive piece of art like the one above. Decoupaged blank coloring pages let your child color on them using permanent markers. You'll turn old furniture that's seen better days into a favorite personalized piece that makes everyone smile.
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Decoupage a Botanical Beauty
If you love traditional botanical artwork, paint an old dresser sage green and decoupage the drawers with prints. You will be reminded of an English garden when you enter your bedroom and look at this piece of furniture. The floral dresser will promote a feeling of peace and tranquility in your bedroom, bringing the outdoors in.
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Turn a Jewelry Box Into a Treasure Box
Smaller chests of drawers such as jewelry chests can also be decorated with decoupage cutouts. Change an ordinary jewelry box chest into a stylish container with a print of a rose combined with sheet music. Unique hardware turns this jewelry chest into a one-of-a-kind beauty.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Decoupage a Surprise Indoor Garden
You don't always have to decoupage a dresser or armoire on the outside. for a twist, go inside. This adorable armoire is painted turquoise on the outside and bright sunshine yellow on the inside. It's then decoupaged with black florals that'll delight anyone when opening the door.
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Decoupage a Bureau With Fabric
This once beat-up old dresser with great bones had woeful water stains not to mention a broken backside. But it was salvaged and brought back to life with paint and paisley fabric. The top is glossy black, the sides and front rail are painted brilliant white, and then the drawers are decoupaged with bright paisley and black fabric.