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DIY Dresser Ideas You Can Make with Mod Podge

Have an old dresser than needs a bit of an upgrade? Learn how to decoupage a dresser! Here are 15 unique DIY dresser ideas . . . these will inspire you to get started!

Scroll down to the bottom of the post to get a video of a dresser project in action. Cathie and Steve will show you how to paint and cover a dresser with a post, using Mod Podge.

15 Unique DIY Dresser Ideas made with Mod Podge

Have you ever decoupaged a dresser? I’ve only done it once – but it was one of my favorite Mod Podge projects of all time! Making over a piece of furniture is very rewarding.

And I know that many of you have that dresser you’ve been eyeing at the Goodwill but you don’t know what to do with . . . or one that is out in the garage that you haven’t brought inside because it looks ugly.

DIY Dressers

Before you jump in to revamping a dresser, you should know a few things. Two articles that are important for you to read are how to prep furniture for decoupage and Mod Podging fabric to wood furniture.

The first post is a must, and the second one is good even if you aren’t using fabric (but especially if you are!).

In addition to the tips in those posts, I’ve got some other important things I think you should know:

  1. If your dresser has an existing finish that’s already smooth, sand with a 220-grit sanding sponge and then wipe clean with a moist cloth. For slightly rough surfaces, sand with 180- and 220-grit sanding sponges, and wipe clean.
  2. Remove the drawers and tape off the furniture to paint. I like to use FolkArt Home Decor Chalk to cover my furniture pieces. It goes on smooth without a lot of prep work.
  3. Use a roller (as opposed to a brush) to get the smoothest finish. Even with chalk paint, I like the way the roller finish looks. It’s pretty flawless!

Are you ready to jump into the DIY dresser ideas? Learn how to decoupage a dresser with one of the projects below!

How to Decorate a Dresser

It’s time to grab your Mod Podge and decoupage a dresser! It’s hard to know where to begin, so I’ve found 15 ideas for you. Don’t wait any longer to revamp that dresser.

I know this sounds like an infomercial, but I’m passionate about Mod Podging furniture – as you might be able to tell. Scroll down to see the inspiration!

Book Covers

Mod Podge DIY dresser with book covers

Use old book covers (or color copies) to decorate drawer fronts for a child’s room.

Image source here

Antique Dresser

Mod Podge book page dresser

Marian used sheet music to make over the dresser that she got from an auction for $6. If I were going to decoupage a dresser, this is how I’d do it!

Learn how she did it at Miss Mustard Seed

Painted Geometric

Geometric painted dresser ideas

This dresser by Stacie was a labor of love – she painted the entire thing and then sealed with Mod Podge.

Learn how she did it at Stars for Streetlights

Black and White Damask

DIY damask drawer set

I love the contrast of the black and white damask with the painted turquoise of this dresser revamp.

Learn more about the project at Fussy Monkey Business

Modern Facelift

Polka dot dresser decor ideas

See how Chris made over his dresser with polka dots – he even includes a video.

Get the how-to at Curbly

Drawer Edges

Cover dresser drawers with Mod Podge and paper

This tutorial shows you how to use funky papers to decorate drawer fronts – AND get around the tough edges!

Learn more at Garage Sales R Us

Map Dresser

DIY dresser covered with map

Pick a set of maps from a special place or your favorite trip to customize a dresser.

Find the step-by-step at Refresh Restyle

Family Photos

DIY dresser covered with photos

Use your favorite family photos to cover a dresser – the black and white looks really sophisticated.

Find the how-to at See Kate Sew

Comic Books

Comic book DIY dresser

This dresser re-do is perfect for your favorite geek or in a kids’ room.

Learn more about the project at Real Life Notes

Pretty Floral

Floral paper covered dresser with Mod Podge

You’ll be amazed when you see the before pictures of these dressers – the colors and papers that were chosen are really pretty!

See how they were made at Garage Sales R Us

Children’s Drawings

Use your kids' artwork to re-do a furniture piece in this fun dresser makeover. You'll love decoupaging as much as your children love the drawing!

Use your kids’ artwork to re-do a furniture piece in this fun dresser makeover. You’ll love decoupaging as much as your children love the drawing!

Dresser makeover here at Mod Podge Rocks

Scrapbook Paper

Scrapbook paper Mod Podge dresser

You can re-do a dresser with just a few pieces of scrapbook paper – making this revamp cost pennies!

See how it was done at Kindershop Online

Wallpaper Birds

Mod Podge wallpaper dresser

Fabric and paper are not the only thing you can use to Mod Podge a dresser – you can also use wallpaper.

Learn more here at Mod Podge Rocks

Fun Fabric

Fabric covered DIY dresser

Choose your favorite fabric and add to the fronts of dresser drawers using Mod Podge.

Photo by Flickr user Sara Rodgers

Paper Butterflies


Use a selection of butterfly punches and your favorite papers to decorate the front of this dresser.

Learn more at Fiskars

Vintage Postcards

Vintage postcard Mod Podge dresser

David carried over his love for vintage postcards into his revamped dresser project. Wouldn’t it be fun to decoupage a dresser to commemorate your travels?

Learn how he did it at Cheltenham Road

Are you ready for your bonus project? Learn how to apply a poster to the front of some dresser drawers (using Mod Podge, of course!). Cathie and Steve show you how – just press “PLAY” in the center of the video in this post.

If you like these DIY dresser ideas, you’re going to love these 15 decoupage furniture projects as well!

Ever tried Mod Podging furniture? It's a great way to upcycle a piece on a budget! Check out these 15 decoupage furniture projects to get started.


Sunday 9th of February 2014

Decoupage is such an underrated craft - I love these examples - I've seen quite a few where the outer has been quite plain, but the decoupage has been done on the inside of the drawers - I quite like that too.


Friday 24th of January 2014

came across your site searching for an answer to re-doing some laminate booths at our restaurant. i am entertaining the idea of covering them with fabric and mod podge, but it has to be really durable and cleanable. do you know if this could work? anyone ever done a seat on a chair? thanks!


Friday 24th of January 2014

Hi Jennifer! I've actually seen a restaurant do it here in Atlanta with wood chairs. They used Fabric Mod Podge, but then they urethaned over the top so that the Mod Podge wouldn't get sticky when people's buns warmed it up. They used SEVERAL layers of urethane. And it worked great! My only concern is cleaning. I would ask that question when you buy the urethane from Home Depot or whatever hardware store - how should it be cleaned? Mod Podge is waterbase and not waterproof, so you can't spray it with cleaner over and over and have it hold up. You would definitely need something on top!