Someone Else’s House… Making 2 Vintage Dressers a Set!


This young couple recently got married and each brought their dressers from their childhood into their new union. Today I’m going to show you how they transformed those 2 oddball dressers into a set of dressers!

This pair of dressers, like the young couple that own them, are each from their individual families. The taller dresser, is the husband’s from when he was a boy and before that belonged to his dad from when he was young. Likewise for the other dresser, it was the wife’s from when she was a little girl, but now they’re together.

In the picture you can see the grainy ‘before’ pic… yep, one of the dressers came into this family orange, the other was a white-ish color.

But now that they’re together, it was time to coordinate them. So…

First the ‘frame’ of the dressers and everything that wasn’t going to be papered was painted, being careful to paint the outside edge of the drawers as well. (This is an important step so that the paper doesn’t come all the way to the outside edge, protecting it to stay nice and flat on the drawer fronts.)

Isn’t the wallpaper she selected so pretty? I love the linen texture with the subtle white outline on it.

Each dresser needed to be treated a little differently due to the unique shape of each. His dresser got the wallpaper treatment on the sides as well as the drawer fronts.

Her dresser was wallpapered only on the drawer fronts. Notice how careful the paper pattern is centered and continuous on both the fronts and sides?

I don’t know, maybe it’s just because I love this couple so much, but there’s something symbolic to me about how these two dressers came from two completely different furniture sets, and as they joined into this newly formed family, even though unmatched, they are now a coordinated beautiful unit.

Here’s a great wallpaper choice for a project like this!

Want to read more? Click here to see more Before & Afters

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  1. Donnamae says

    What a great way to unify two separate dressers! And the symbolism is perfect! Did you do the transformation or did they? 😉

  2. K J says

    Really a beautiful effect with the dark coffee colored base with linen drawers. Would you share the paint color and paint finish that you used? Is it a glossy? How many coats of paint should you give a dresser to cover it well? Thanks for sharing!

    • says

      The paint is a heavy duty latex in a semi-gloss. and it typically would only take 2 coats. The color is from a Hirshfield’s line called Pebble Mosaic. And I agree, she did a wonderful job with the combination, they are so beautiful!

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