Double Take: Before and After Stenciled Dresser

Hello all, thanks for stopping by as always. So I’m doing this post because Kah “kindly” pointed out that my name has been missing from the last few posts. The change in seasons and temperature affected me more than I thought I would. One day it was 80 degrees the next day it was 50 degrees and raining so I kept getting sick. My body and immune system was confused!

Anyway as some of you may know we’ve been working on a girl’s room, but we’ve also been working on a little boy’s room at the same time. We purchased this dresser and nightstand set for $30. You can see it here below:

Laminate Dresser

It was brown, ugly, and laminate, but otherwise it was in pretty good shape. The style of this dresser is shall I say…plain. It has no ornate details or fancy handles. However, it was perfect for a boy. So first we painted it Gloss Navy Blue by Rustoleum and we hated it. It was dark and it did not photograph well.

navy blue dresser

See. What do you guys think? It needed something bold right? Yeah, we thought so too. So number stencils to the rescue. We stenciled his date of birth in the left corners of the drawer fronts. The stencils were purchased from A.C. Moore with a coupon of course.

stenciled navy dresserstenciled navy dresser

Talk about instant upgrade! We love the look of bold graphics. And the little boy is only four, but he’ll never forget his birthday that’s for sure. We extended the bold look inside the drawers by adding red striped wrapping paper from Ikea.
stenciled navy dresser with red stripes insidestenciled navy dresser with red stripes inside

I love the look the red wrapping paper adds. He’ll get a nice surprise every time he opens up this dresser. The wrapping paper is $4.99 and it’s a giant roll. Oh we plan to add these vintage brass handles once they are shipped. What do you all think?

vintage brass handles

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Posted on by Milla Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects

About Milla

Milla is the other half of the Design Par Deux duo. She enjoys finding design inspiration in all things creative. She has an unhealthy obsession with the color Turquoise.

54 Responses to Double Take: Before and After Stenciled Dresser

  1. Deanna

    That dresser looks great! Fantastic job.


    • Milla

      Thanks a lot Deanna.

  2. Liz Chancellor

    You two are amazing & I’m so thrilled that I found you! I have so much stuff like this & can hardly wait to tackle all of them. Thank you for the amazing inspiration…

    I’ve been writing a humor blog for 4 years but now that I’ve become obsessed with spray painting everything I own, it’s apparently no longer a humor blog, so I went with one of my *someday* blogs to reveal all my projects, good or bad.

    • Milla

      Ok wow Liz! Thanks for all of the compliments. It’s funny how DIY starts to take over your life right? I will have to go.check out your blog. Thanks for visiting.

  3. Jennifer

    stopping in from TT&J, The dresser is really cute, I love the Navy blue color and how you personalized it with the birthdate. Great job.

    • Milla

      Thanks very much Jennifer. It desperately needed the stencils

  4. Stephanie

    This is fabulous! My son has a similar boring dresser that I’ve been wanting to do in navy, but I knew it needed a little something extra. This is it! Very well done!

    • Milla

      Thanks for visiting Stephanie. Glad we could inspire you

  5. Connie @ Penny for Penny

    Wow! I love what you did with the dresser. Its amazing how a simple idea and some paint can change what was once a “fuddy duddy” piece of furniture into a piece of art. Way to go :)

  6. Sarah

    I think this turned out really nice! I’ve been into the whole numbers-on-furniture thing lately & using his birthday was a great idea!

    • Kahli

      We showed him a picture and he loved it!

  7. amy

    hey, i have the cousin of this piece hangin’ in my basement! love that mid-century style right now. i haven’t blogged about it but it’s on my website under portfolio, if you care to peek at another interpretation of it.

    love what you’ve done!


    • Kahli

      I’m going to go take a look right now! :)

  8. Debra@CommonGround

    This is wonderful, love the dark base with the white numbers, great job!! thanks for linking up with VIF!

    • Kahli

      Oh no thanks for having us Debra! We’ll be linking up more frequently. I have one chair makeover from August I think I want to link up.

  9. Cindy

    Your navy dresser is gorgeous now! The idea of stenciling white numbers was genius.
    Hugs, Cindy

    • Kahli

      Aww thanks Cindy! We really appreciate your comment and thanks for the hugs!

  10. andrea

    The numbers are bold, crisp, and eye-catching! andrea@townandprairie

    • Kahli

      Thanks for visiting Andrea! Off to visit your site :)

  11. Rosemary

    I love your bold makeover. The color and numbers are very dramatic, as well as the interior. Nice job.

    • Milla

      Thank you very much Rosemary. We love the bold look too

  12. simple home life

    This is such a gorgeous dresser! You guys always do lovely work!

    • Milla

      Aww thanks for always stopping by to check out our work

  13. Korrie@RedHenHome

    A love it! Numbers make everything a little better 😉

    • Milla

      That is so true! Thanks for visiting.

  14. Lindsay

    I LOVE this little dresser! Oh my goodness girl, you totally rocked it out! I love the color, the stencil, all of it really! Great job!

    • Kahli

      Thank you for visiting as always Lindsay! We love having you!

  15. debbie

    Fantastic job! I love the color too. thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

    • Kahli

      Thanks for visiting Debbie! I just linked up one more project. That was my first time visiting your site :)

  16. Honey

    You turned this into a sleek and stylish piece! Good job!

    Thanks for linking to Potpourri Friday. You are appreciated.

    • Milla

      Thanks a lot for always visiting and leaving comments Honey.

  17. Suzy

    I just painted a similar dresser in Rustoleum Blue. I love the shiny finish! But, I LOVE how you added the bday and the striped paper in the drawers really makes it special.

    • Milla

      Thanks a lot Suzy! I think the stencils makes it much better

  18. cassie

    another awesome makeover over here! LOVE the colro combo, the style, and the numbers- a grand slam! :)

    • Milla

      Hey Cassie! Thanks for the lovely comments as always! Did you use that fabric yet?

    • Kahli

      Hey cassie! Thanks for the sweet comments as always? Doing good?

  19. Cottage and Broome

    Love the dresser, I might have passed by it when shopping because it was plain. But you turned it in to something that looks fresh and new like it came from Pottery Barn. Great job, Laura

  20. Jill

    Love the stencil look – and that you personalized it!

  21. laxsupermom

    Love the dresser! At first I wondered what the random numbers were, but I love that they’re his birthdate! What a fantastic personal piece! Thanks for sharing.

  22. Karen

    Love the color, turned out gorgeous. Thanks so much for linking up!

    • Milla

      Thanks a lot for visiting!

  23. Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating

    Super cute! Great color palette with the dark blue, then the red/white stripes in the drawers. Love your stenciling too. I did a similar project on a file cabinet but haven’t shown it on my blog yet. Some day your son will appreciate all your hard work!

    • Milla

      Lol thanks Hollie this is actually for our godson if we didn’t mention it. I would love to see what you project looks like. Thanks for visiting

  24. abeachcottage

    The dresser turned out gorgeous! Thanks so much for dropping by and joining the Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

    • Milla

      Thanks for dropping by. And thanks for hosting

  25. Kristine

    SO SO SO awesome!! Love the new look! Great job!

    Featuring you and your cute blog tomorrow :) Feel free to grab a featured button and get you brag on :)

    Thanks again so much for linkin up J&M’s Eye Candy Hope you come back and visit us and share more again soon :)

  26. Nikki

    I featured your dresser on Everything Under the Moon! Feel free to stop by and grab a feature button :)

  27. Jenna

    Visiting from POWW and I just had to click on this because 9-15-07 is my wedding anniversary! Love the makeover.

    • Kahli

      Happy Belated Anniversay! :). Thanks for your sweet comment :)

  28. Sherry

    Very nice! Thank you for joining me at HSH Fall Open House! I’m late getting around, last week internet troubles.:)

    • Kahli

      No prob. I visit every week :)

  29. Marilyn

    Double the talent, how nice! I really like your blue dresser, clever with the birthday numbers and your knobs will look great. Also noticed you have a kitty helper as me!

    • Milla

      Hi thanks for visiting! Aren’t kitty helpers great? And being able to put our talent together makes for some great projects too

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