9 Apr

Before and After: Ombre Dresser

Want another little sneak peek of baby girl’s nursery?  Today, I thought I’d share photos of her sweet coral dresser, which was a DIY project inspired by this photo (which I saw ages ago and earmarked for our future nursery instantly!)…

I bought the dresser for $20 on Craigslist because it was the perfect height to double as a changing table.  Still, I knew that it would need some major upgrades in order to be nursery-ready.  I employed my mom for help and we got to work.  Check out the “before” picture, below:

First, I sanded it down so the paint would stick more easily.  Then, we used a white semi-gloss paint to cover the body of the dresser.  I bought a quart of coral paint at Home Depot to use for the drawers, but when we played with a swatch, it turned out to be much too orange.  So we added some red and white paint and created the perfect custom color ourselves!

Like the inspiration photo, we put the darkest shade on the bottom and then kept adding more white as we went up with the drawers.

Once the paint dried (most of it needed two coats) we added the sweet pink glass knobs, which were a clearance find at Pier One— score!

So far, I think this is my favorite piece in the nursery.  I love that it’s girly but not too girly and I can’t wait to find the perfect fabric to use for the changing pad so I can really complete the look.


{ posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 }


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Comments: {5}

  • Meagan writes:

    What a great idea! It’s amazing how something I would normally pass up (the plain wooden dresser) is transformed into something pretty and sweet with a little paint.

  • Cara writes:

    You did an excellent job! I had pinned this a few weeks ago as well, and it’s really cool to see an actual project come to fruition from the tutorial. Well done!

  • Tina writes:

    I love this idea, Kim! I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for a changing table, and your project is way cuter than anything I’ve seen so far! What is your plan for making it baby-safe on top?

  • Kim writes:

    @Tina: the changing pad we bought has straps with holes that are made to screw into the back of the dresser. Should be just as secure as a “real” changing table :)

  • Tina writes:

    Sweet! I’m stealing this idea if I can find the right dresser :)

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