We completed our first DIY project in our new house, proving that even the unartistically inclined can create something pretty sweet. Since our babies didn’t have their own room in our old house, we decided to start our home improvements with making their nursery a priority. We broke the project into multiple steps over several days. It was a ton of work, but it didn’t feel like it because it was a ton of fun.
I searched Pinterest for inspiration, but in the end we designed this one ourselves. Since we didn’t copy another pin and had no instructions to follow, it counts as 3 points on the challenge. (For more information, click here.) Here I will share the steps we took so that you can personalize and adapt your own dressers for any room in your house!
We started off with an old dresser that we received from somebody for FREE! It was in decent condition, but as you can see, it needed some work.
Step 2: Clean it! We scrubbed and wiped down every nook and cranny to ensure a clean slate both literally and figuratively.
Step 3: Paint the entire dresser one color. We chose a very light gray- it looks more white, but we decided we were okay with that. We used a rolling brush on the large flat surfaces and a regular rectangular paintbrush to get inside the divots, sides, and harder to reach areas.
Step 5: As everything dried over night, we focused on our design. This is a multi-step process:
- Choose an image. We used Google Images to find one that we liked.
- Download the image to your computer.
- Open a new canvas in photo shop. We made ours 20 x 20.
- Create a “new layer” in Photoshop and paste the image. Your image will appear very small. Transform/cut/adjust the image to fill the entire canvas.
- Save your new image as a pdf.
- Open your pdf. in Adobe reader.
- Click on File, Print, and select “poster size”. This will print the image over multiple pages out of your printer.
- Cut out the individual pieces and tape them together to create a large 20 x 20 image.
- Tape this large image to the dresser and use it as a stencil to trace your image.
Step 6: Reattach the handles.
Step 7: Paint the images. We chose to do pink and blue for our girl/boy twins’ nursery. Be sure to paint the handles as they fit into the image. As you can see, some of our handles are half white, half pink. Do two coats.
Step 8: Add the details. Since this design was very basic, all we added was an eye. Our giraffe (coming soon) is more in-depth.
Step 10: The piece de’ resistance if you have young children- INSTALL DRAWER LOCKS so the kids stop pulling all of their finally organized clothes out of the drawer!
BONUS: This dresser also doubles as a great changing station for the babies. Attach a changing pad, organize a basket with diapering supplies and you are good to go!
Stay tuned for the rest of our twins’ nursery DIY projects!