ombre dresser redo

I heart ombre. There’s just something about all those shades of the same color that is so gorgeous! I already knew I wanted to paint our nursery dresser, which was pretty plain jane white…a walmart special we bought when we were getting ready for Sadie. (aka really cheap aka we were poor) I saw my friend Melanie paint her dresser drawers like this and I knew I had to do it too!

Please ignore the random stuff on top of the dresser! It’s not exactly “styled” up yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s just cheap laminate, so I primed the drawer fronts first (with two coats and lots of air flowing, don’t worry), then rolled on three coats of each color.

At first I wanted to get the paint color matched to my fabric, but the guy at the paint counter wasn’t feeling helpful, so instead I checked out the paint samples and found one that matched pretty closely. Then I just got sample sizes (around $3 each I think) of the four colors. (I got the four in the middle of the pic above…)

Never mind here’s a better pic, with the end samples chopped off for clarity’s sake. These are the Valspar brand in case you’re wondering and hopefully you can read the names if you want to know!

I found these gorgeous octagon glass knobs on Ebay (they don’t have anymore but these are similar) and they were a steal. I paid about $28 for all eight of them, including shipping. Score!

And here’s my little photo bomber. Little Miss C thought this was a photo shoot for her so she kept jumping in the shot. LOL! She is well trained, what can I say?

So the cost breakdown:

Paint: $12
Rollers: $6
Knobs: $28

Total for facelift: $46

The knobs were a splurge but hey-not too bad, and she looks soo purty now!


  1. oh that is so pretty. I think I had that dresser as a kid, in the 70s, but mine was not that pretty. Great job!!

  2. This is gorgeous Jess, I would love one!

  3. It looks so pretty and neatly ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the colors you’ve picked.

  4. This is exactly what I want to do for Squishy’s room!

  5. Very nice. I painted my hubs old baby dresser for our son a few years back and it gave it a whole new life. Paint does wonders.

  6. I love ombre too!! Great makeover. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. This looks so pretty! I’ve been wanting to do something similar for a while – thanks for the inspiration!

  8. This looks great. Love the colors and your little photo bomber!

  9. Oooh what a great way to do this (not self-mixing like I expected)! Now to find a dresser to ombre…it’s a verb now.

  10. OMG this is EXACTLY what I needed for a little dresser we picked up on the side of the road (yes, on the side of the road, but it’s hard wood! Just a little scuffed). I’m going to do a blue ombre – I’ll link back when I get it up. Thanks, Jess! I’m a big fan. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Yes, those little knobs take the cake. I really love how it is pink but not quite PINK. Yay for cheap dressers not looking cheap anymore!!

    And I just realized your post title font might be the same as my header font, so we’ll just let that copying thing continue for a while ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Cute! I love the knobs too, they really add a lot.

  13. pretty!

  14. Love this!!! Thanks for sharing. You did a great job. I also like Charlotte’s photo bomb ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Utterly gorgeous! The knobs are beautiful and I love the shades you chose. The photo bombing is just hilarious!

  16. That turned out so gorgeous! I’m pinning this now so I remember it for my baby girl’s nursery ๐Ÿ™‚

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