Chantilly Lace and a Pretty...Dresser

If you follow me on Facebook, then you probably saw my recent picture of this lovely dresser we picked up for less than $20 on Craigslist-
Yep, it was yellow and white with sponge painted flowers on the drawers.


Anyway, it quickly got coated with Kilz Primer. I actually did 2 coats of primer because the flowers still bled through quite a bit with just one coat.
And then it sat in our garage for a week. It was like I had writer's block...for decorating. I considered painting it a bright glossy red, than thought about doing ombre drawers, even just all white. Because this piece is for our master closet, it can be seen from our master bedroom and bathroom. I just couldn't commit to a crazy color. So, I finally decided to try a new technique...lace!

I picked up half a yard of lace from Hobby Lobby for $3. I already had some gold-champagne spray paint on hand, so I grabbed that and got to work. There's no real specific method. I just placed the lace over each drawer and sprayed an even coat over the front.
Don't let my glamorous painting outfit intimidate you

Once I covered the entire front, I let it dry for a few seconds and then quickly pulled it off.
I used the same piece of lace for all 5 drawers without problem. I also spray painted the existing hardware with the same gold-ish color. The rest of the piece got 2 coats of glossy white paint I had on hand.

 Close-up of the painted lace design-
Isn't it cute?! I love that the pattern gives it some texture.
The top of the dresser also gives me ample space to stow some of my jewelry.
Ceramic egg crate from Anthropologie
DIY painted/stained wood bowl, details coming in later post

Gold jewelry stand from Home Goods

DIY framed concert tickets
I love that the dresser looks funky but doesn't compete with the surrounding white built-in shelves. Plus, it adds much needed storage. I'm planning a full closet detail post soon, so stay tuned to find out how I squeezed every square inch of storage from my tiny closet.
xoxo, S


  1. Another awesome transformation! Love it!

  2. Crystal6/21/2012

    That looks great. What a neat techinque! It's perfectly girlie without being over the top...love.

  3. I love the framed concert tickets. I have accumulated many over the years and have often wondered what to do with them.

  4. Too cute! I love the dresser. May have to do something like this for Eloise someday. Thanks for the lovely idea.

  5. Did you have problems with the paint bleeding under the lace? I'm planning to do this and I'm very nervous about it.. was there a lot of touching up involved?


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