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DIY Ombre Dresser

DIY Ombre Dresser

Ombre style coloring is all the rage in home décor. Ombre colored pieces give a water color effect, where the color starts off light and trickles down to a bolder hue. You can add the look of ombre easily to your space by using a simple painting technique. Take a look below at how to paint this DIY Ombre dresser using ombre coloring. It is easier than you may think and the finished result is something that looks of boutique quality. Take a peek!

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Supplies needed:

  • Wooden dresser
  • White paint
  • Choice color paint
  • Paint brushes
  • White spray paint
  • Screwdriver
  • Multiple plastic bowls for mixing
  • Wood craft sticks

A few notes about supplies:

We found the paint used for our project at Target. They have a new line of home décor paint out called Devine, and the colors are beautiful. You can buy sample sizes (8 oz.) for $5, which is the perfect amount for this project. You will want one color and one white container. As far as a dresser, check out your own garage or local thrift spots to see what you can find. Ours was a curb cast off that needed some love, and as you can see it cleaned up nicely.

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  1. Begin by cleaning your piece well with soap and water. Dry it by hand or allow it to dry entirely before starting.
  2. Remove the hardware when you remove the drawers from the dresser. Paint the dresser base your base color, which is white. You will also want to spray your hardware the color of your choice at this time and set them aside to dry.
  3. Lay out your containers for paint mixing. Suppose you have 7 drawers, you will need 7 containers. In the first container, place the white paint. In the last container, place the color of your choice. You now have your first and last color and will need to fill in the hues in between.
  4. In the remaining bowls, you want to create a ratio of paint that will create the various hues. In your second bowl, add 4 tablespoons of white and 1tablespoon of color. Mix.
  5. In the third bowl, add 3 tablespoons of white and 1 of color. Mix.
  6. In the fourth bowl, add 2 tablespoons of white and 2 of color. Mix.
  7. In the fifth bowl, add 1 tablespoon of white and 2 of color. Mix.
  8. In the sixth bowl, add ½ tablespoon of white and 1 of color. Mix.
  9. Begin applying the paint making the top dresser drawer the solid white. Paint the next drawer from bowl two, the next drawer from bowl three, and so on. Paint your way down until the final drawer is the solid color.
  10. Replace the hardware and place the drawers back into the base of the dresser.

A few helpful tips:

Trust your eyes. If your colors are not drastic enough of a change for you just add more of the color or the white paint to get the hue of your choice. Always apply two coats to each drawer so you can get an idea of the true color. You can always add additional coats to darken the color if you wish.

When your paint is dry, you can apply a clear coat for protection or distress it slightly with sandpaper for an antique look.

Painting your own ombre dresser can be fun and easy. Give this technique a try and you are sure to come up with something fun!

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  1. Hi Stacie- this looks fantastic! I love ombre and this color is beautiful. Visiting from i heart naptime and pinning – have a happy weekend!

  2. Nicole Dziedzic

    You picked a great DIY project! Awesome beautiful color and i love the Ombre effect on this! Great makeover that adds character to the room.

  3. I ♥♥♥ the dresser, it is such a unique piece of furniture…great color, one of my favorites!
    Enjoy the weekend.

  4. I love how this turned out, I love looking at beautiful furniture makeover projects but rarely actually have a go myself, maybe one day (as this is very tempting to try out) in the meantime there is always pinterest to save all these gorgeous ideas!

  5. Julie Wood

    I really love your Ombre Dresser and how it looks. This would be a great way to make bedroom dressers stand out and look so fresh and new. I have an old dresser that I need to do this to. Thanks for the idea, and I am going to look at Target’s paint.

  6. Leigh Anne Borders

    That is very pretty. I have never heard of this style of painting before. I like the dresser you choose too.

  7. Your ombre dresser is just beautiful! I have pinned this to my crafty furniture board! I saw it over at Happiness is Homemade’s link party. I would love it if you would stop by and share it at my very first link party!

  8. Melissa S

    I love this look and have a piece it would look great on. I love the colors you chose.

  9. This dresser looks great! I love ombre colors!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

  10. I love how it turned out- what a great idea! It’s always awesome to see that various way people make old items new again!

    I stopped by from Inspiration Monday.

  11. so fun, love the turquoise color shades.

  12. Ohhh I love the colors! Great job!

  13. I love everything about this dresser! I wish it was hanging out in my house. The blues are just beautiful! I hope you’ll share this project over at Motivational Monday this week:

  14. What a wonderfully useful chest… and it is so beautiful after your transformation. 🙂

  15. I think my favorite part of this project was the knob effect. How clever to use two different types! You kept the funky thing going.

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

  16. This turned out just beautiful! Blue is my favorite color, so this grabbed my attention right away. PINed it, and will be featuring it at the Friday Frenzy party tonight. Thanks so much for sharing with us, and I can’t wait to see what you bring to the next party.

    April @ Angels Homestead

  17. I love it! The colors came out georeous! I just did the same thing with my daughters room, not ombre but used a couple shades of same color. I bought samples too, to mix with the white. $ tip- I only paid $3 at Lowe’s for 8 oz. It was Olympia and Valspar.
    I saw this @ CreativityUnleashed. Pinned and followed.
    Kristine 🙂

  18. I am loving this furniture project and would love to share it on my weekend features post with all credit back to you. It’s just gorgeous. Hope that’s ok 🙂

  19. WOW that Is stunning, I love how you made it “OMBRE”

    you have a true talent!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Elisabeth

    I love that you could buy a dresser at a thrift store and then make it look this good!

  21. I’m in love with this! Thank you for sharing this with us! Pinned and tweeted! I hope to see you at tonight’s party. We are always so impressed with your creations and can’t wait to see them! Lou Lou Girls

  22. Mai T.

    What a beautiful idea! I’d love to be able to do this to my current boring looking drawers!

  23. Cheri Oggy

    This dresser is absolutely gorgeous!

  24. Starla B

    This is beautiful! I wish I could talk myself more into being crafty but I feel like my stuff would never turn out that pretty, lol. It’s awesome that Target carries paint in a sample size- so convenient!

  25. Stacie- I love this! Great color choice! Thanks for linking up at The Handmade Hangout- I will be featuring you on my blog this week when the new linky goes live today at 6pm ET. Hope to see you there!

  26. Hi! Love this! Vote for you at Creativity Linky and pinned and followed!

    Kristine 🙂

  27. Linda Manns Linneman

    I really like this idea. This piece is so bright and cheerful. Thank you so much for sharing how to do this

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