How to update a dresser

Traditional dresser, £70, eBay

We spent a long time searching eBay for the perfect kitchen dresser at the right price. Our patience paid off when Ben spotted this wooden dresser, and we managed to get it for an extremely pocket-friendly £70. We wanted something that needed a bit of fixing up. Originally we planned to paint it, but the battered wood of the cupboard section is so lovely, I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Instead, we added colour and pattern using wallpaper.

  1. The dresser didn’t have a back (either on the shelves or the cupboard underneath), so we bought some hardboard and cut it to size.
  2. Before attaching to the dresser, the hardboard to go behind the shelves was wallpapered using Bella Stripe from Harlequin. We used ordinary wallpaper paste.
  3. Once the paper was dry, the hardboard was stapled to the back of the dresser using a staple gun.

Hardboard back stapled to dresser

Bella Stripe wallpaper from Harlequin

Easy dresser update done

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9 Comments

  1. May 5, 2012 / 6:29 am

    Looks fantastic. Loving the Harlequin wallpaper touch, really gives it a modern updated look.

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      May 30, 2012 / 8:04 am

      Thanks Jen!

  2. May 6, 2012 / 2:30 pm

    I heart your dresser. Muchly. Also heart the old school radio. Looks gorgeous!

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      May 30, 2012 / 8:04 am

      Old school radio came from my Nanna’s house. I wish we could get it to work!

  3. May 8, 2012 / 9:16 pm

    I love the stripes, really gives a funky touch to the traditional look.

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      May 30, 2012 / 8:04 am

      I knew I wanted a stripe and I loved the colours on this paper!

  4. May 23, 2012 / 3:29 pm

    I love the idea! Actually I am currently doing the same and been keeping an eye on dressers too. I will remember the tip 🙂

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      May 30, 2012 / 8:05 am

      Good luck Peggy! x

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