When I first set out to paint this piece, I had some inspiration from a photo that I took at the dentists office (you’ll see it below) – of a brightly colored bird in blues, purples, oranges and pinks. It was going to be amazing, I thought! And it would perfectly match the colors in the decoupage that I had added to the top 3 drawers. Well things didn’t go quite as planned with this dresser makeover so I had to step away and come back again with fresh eyes to be able to see what it was missing. When you watch the YouTube video you’ll see exactly what I mean. So let’s get started on this dresser makeover with decoupage and distressing techniques.
Supply List: What you’ll need for the Dresser Decoupage and Distressing Techniques
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Step 1: Cleaning the Dresser before the Makeover
This was a dresser that I already had in my art room and had previously painted for someone, but it was too big. So I kept it and have been using it, but it was missing the color that I love for all of my pieces and I decided now was the time to fix that. Since I was the one who had painted it and I knew what products I had used, I just gave it a good cleaning with White Lightening but if you’re new to painting and you come across a previously painted piece, it’s a good idea to stay away if you don’t know what is under that paint. I stress the cleaning every time I write a blog post because it’s not something you can skip! We can’t get to the Dresser Makeover with Decoupage and Distressing Techniques until the prep work is done.