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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. We hope that you love our DIY Ombre Dresser. Take a peek!
DIY OMBRE DRESSER
- Wooden dresser (we found ours on a curb because someone was giving it away
- White paint (I prefer Rust-Oleum Painters Touch, the coverage is superior to any product I've used)
- Choice of color in chalk paint (we suggest Annie Sloane's Chalk Paint)
- Paint brushes
- White spray paint (Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover – you want something durable and this is it)
- Multiple plastic bowls for mixing (these are our favorites for painting – get them from Amazon – way cheaper than the similar at Home Depot)
- 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. We now suggest Annie Sloane's Chalk Paint in the color we linked to above for better and longer lasting coverage.
As far as a dresser, check out your own garage or local thrift spots to see what you can find. Also check NextDoor. Ours was a curb cast off that needed some love, and as you can see it cleaned up nicely.
- Begin by cleaning your piece well with soap and water. Dry it by hand or allow it to dry entirely before starting.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In the third bowl, add 3 tablespoons of white and 1 of color. Mix.
- In the fourth bowl, add 2 tablespoons of white and 2 of color. Mix.
- In the fifth bowl, add 1 tablespoon of white and 2 of color. Mix.
- In the sixth bowl, add ½ tablespoon of white and 1 of color. Mix.
- 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.
- 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! Good luck with your own DIY Ombre Dresser.