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Dresser Makeover Using Peel and Stick Wallpaper and Paint

Does Peel and Stick Wallpaper work on furniture? It sure does and the beauty of it, you can easily peel it off without damaging the surface beneath.

Finished antique dresser after using peel and stick wallpaper and Heirloom paint

I have redone this antique dresser twice and this by far was the easiest of the two DIYs as well as my favorite.

Antique dresser vintage 1800's before painting

I'm sharing this affordable DIY as part of this month's Thrifty Style Team.

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You can head to the bottom of this post to see all of the other amazing shares from the talented team!

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Resources - The Peel and Stick Wallpaper and Paint I used

Heirloom Traditions Paint Colors Used

  • Cathedral - Cathedral is a steel, dark gray.  That means it is a charcoal with blue undertones. Low luster matte sheen, smooth finish
  • Colosseum - Off-white with a slight gray/taupe undertone.  No yellow. Low luster matte sheen, smooth finish

The Inspiration for This Dresser Makeover

I love when something just 'comes together'.

Almost two years ago when the stores started to reopen I went to Joann's and bought the grey faux cow fabric below. It was bold. I had cabin fever. I bought it.

I wasn't really sure what I was going to do with it so it sat in my craft room.

Then, I bought the Heirloom Traditions paint with hopes of redoing some furniture (not this dresser!) and had that on hand.

And, on a trip to Home Goods I found the shabby chic drawer pulls and on another trip out, I found the Peel and Stick Wallpaper at Target.

Inspiration for a dresser makeover - peel and stick wallpaper, shabby chic white drawer pulls, Heirloom Traditions Paint and Gray white and gold faux cow skin fabric

I had them all stacked near each other and that's when it hit me....let's throw them all together and see what happens!

I plan on redoing two of my dining room chairs with the fabric so stay tuned for that.

Peel and Stick Dresser Makeover using Opalhouse Wallpaper and Heirloom Traditions Paint

Once I was sure that everything would go together, I just dove in and did it!

Let's Start This Peel and Stick Wallpaper DIY

The Easy Way to Add Peel and Stick Wallpaper to Drawer Fronts

Collage of photos showing how to add peel and stick wallpaper to dresser drawer fronts

The drawers for this dresser are old and not even by any means.

I was going to use a straight edge ruler to measure the cuts but realized that that was just not going to work so I switched to this method.

I instead rolled out the peel and stick wallpaper, placed each drawer individually on top of the wallpaper and, using an xacto followed the natural flow of the drawer.

I did this for each of the drawers and then applied the peel and stick wallpaper to them. It was SO much easier than applying Contact paper (which I've tried in the past) and once I get tired of this particular pattern, I can simply remove it.

Painting the Dresser

Mid process dresser makeover using peel and stick wallpaper and Heirloom Traditions Paint

I used the deglosser first.

I can never imagine painting furniture again without that step. It totally eliminated the need to strip the furniture or to sand it.

After the deglosser dried - which was super quick - I started painting. I finished the dresser on a Saturday night and put it all back together the next day.

The Before and After

Antique Dresser Makeover with Paint

Above is the dresser before this most recent makeover (I use it as a pantry of sorts in my kitchen and you can see that makeover here).

Peel and Stick Furniture Makeover - antique dresser updated with Heirloom Paint and Peel and Stick Removable Wallpaper from Target

And, here it is now!

This was the first time I tried Heirloom Traditions and it's now my very favorite paint! It covered everything so well and I only needed two coats.

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20 Comments

  1. Laurie @ Vinyet Etc says:

    It's so wonderfully thrifty reusing a beautiful piece like this, I love the many looks she's had.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Laurie!

  2. Paula@SweetPea says:

    You have given this dresser great looks over the years.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Paula! xo

  3. This turned out so cute and it looks perfect in your kitchen. Love the paint color!

  4. May Beth, this is such a clever way to change the look of a dresser! Love your creativity!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Cindy! xo

  5. Tricia Kemp says:

    Cabinet looks amazing! I love Heirloom Traditions paint! I have been using it on everything for 3 years! The deglosser and paint are amazing!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Tricia! I just started using the Heirloom Traditions and I love it.

  6. I shared this in my IG stories and everyone loved it! Such a great way to add a punch of pattern!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much for sharing, Amy!

  7. Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod says:

    Love all of the looks of this dresser. Using removable wallpaper is a genius idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. What a huge difference MB! It looks like a completely different dresser! Great job girl!

  9. Kristi Dominguez says:

    What a fantastic makeover, Mary Beth! The wallpaper looks wonderful. And I've been wanting to try that brand of paint...I really appreciate the review. xoxo, Kristi

  10. Lora Bloomquist says:

    Amazing makeover, Mary Beth! How fun to look at it everyday! Fun to learn about new products, too.

  11. I just discovered peel and stick wallpaper and I love it! Your dresser turned out lovely 😊 Thanks for sharing the post on Tuesday Turn About link party this week!

  12. Mary Beth this dresser turned out so good! Love the new look!

  13. This is a beautiful makeover and I am excited to feature it on Tuesday Turn About this week! Hope to see you at the party this week 😊

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Cindy!