Transform Your Old Dresser into an Ombre Masterpiece!

A few months back we revealed Addison’s Big Girl Room, and the ombre dresser featured in her room took off like wildfire on Instagram. Want to know an inside secret? The beloved dresser was a DIY project. Now, I am the first one to admit I am NOT a DIYer. Ask me to assemble a stroller or crib, and I’m your girl, but painting is out of my comfort zone. So if I can turn a rundown old dresser into something fabulous—you can too!


Materials: 1 can of white chalk paint, 1 can of colored chalk paint, plastic cups and a paint brush


First step is to create your colors. My dresser has five drawers, so I created five different shades, including the original color on the bottom drawer.

Next, pour a little bit of your colored paint into plastic cups. Then add white to each cup to lighten the color. Add (1) tablespoon to the first cup then increase the white paint by one tablespoon for each consecutive cup (first cup 1Tbsp, second cup 2Tbsp, etc.). You may have to adjust the amount of white paint you use depending on how much colored paint you need to cover the drawer and how much contrast you want between drawers. I suggest testing each color and allowing it to dry before completing the entire drawer.

Chalk Paint

Now it’s time to paint. Once you have the colors mixed, pull the drawers out and paint the front of each one. Once you have all the drawers completed, paint the frame. I chose to paint my frame white but you can also add a different color to really make it pop!



This project was so simple. No sanding, no taping—all you need is a little paint and a brush!


After completing this project, I am obsessed with chalk paint and want to repaint all the pieces in my house. Stay tuned, I may have more projects featuring chalk paint.


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    Kristin I went and brought raw timber dresser table and brought water pas paint in white and blue not sure if it will turn out like the one u painted

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    Love how the dresser turned out! Especially those knobs!! What color and brand of paint did you use for those?

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    Hello. I love this idea. Thanks for posting it. I wanted to know if you specifically had to use chalk paint?

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    Hi Kristin!! I was hoping you can hope me and tell me the paint color on the wall? I have been searching high and low for the perfect pink and came across this sweet room and love, love, love it :) Thank You!!

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    Thank you for the info on the wall decals..I absolutely love them…I forgot to ask you what color of pink you got to paint the walls so it matches perfect. I’m going to scherwin Williams today and need to know the color so I can paint her room today so if you could get back to me ASAP I’d really appreciate it.thank you again!

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    I so wanted to know what the main color of pink you used to mix with the white to get the first shade and to mix to fet the other shades to do the dresser! Thank you again I appreciate everything!

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    I’m sorry I didn’t even pay attention….I see what color you used for the dresser, I just need to know what color you used for the walls so I can go buy the paint..just waiting on a reply..THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH. YOU’VE MADE THIS SO MUCH EASIER FOR ME TO PICK A BEAUTIFUL GIRLS ROOM!

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    Thank you for this! I’ve just finished my bubs set of drawers and I love them! ?

    I tried to attach a picture but it wouldn’t let me – but it looks gorgeous ☺️

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    Just would like to share some advise received from my local unfinished furniture store. I was told that a interior latex, water base, flat paint could be used to achieve the chalk paint look. I was instructed to sand (400 grit), prime, sand again, then paint and sand at least 2X, then apply lacquer in whatever sheen is desired. Chalk paint in these colors is only available online and is pricey, so I’m giving this a try. Can’t wait to see the end result!

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    Where did you purchase the dresser from?i plan in doing this project and would love the same one you have for your little girl

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    Love how this turned out ! I’m going to be painting a similar dresser but also the inside and sides of the drawers . Did you have a lot of leftover paint ?

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    Much obliged to you for this! I’ve quite recently completed my babies bedroom set and I love them! ? Can I do something more for them? and if this will take enough place for it too?

    however, it looks ravishing

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