Before & After:: Caroline’s Chest of Drawers

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about a chest of drawers I was refinishing for a young girl named Caroline. Well, I finally finished it, and I love how it turned out!!

It started out solid white with cute little crystal knobs, which was perfect for a little girl’s room.

But Caroline was ready for a not-so-little-girlish bedroom.  This pre-teen was ready for something a little bolder, brighter, more colorful.  Her wish was my command, and now her chest of drawers looks like this:

Quite a difference, huh?! 

After giving the whole thing a good sanding with my electric sander, I sprayed a couple of coats of Rustoleum primer in gray.  Then I brushed on two coats of Behr interior latex paint in a satin finish.  When that was really good and dry, I decoupaged scrapbook paper onto the center sections of the drawers using Mod Podge.  Then I added very inexpensive wood knobs from Home Depot that were also spray primed and then painted with Behr latex paint.

The funny thing is that I’ve decoupaged several things before  using Mod Podge and paper, but I’ve never been pleased with the final results because I always…ALWAYS…ended up with wrinkled paper.  Well, I’ve finally learned the process.  I’ve finally learned how to get the paper to remain perfectly smooth when decoupaging.  I’ll share what I learned with you soon.

For now, here’s another side-by-side of the before and after:

I also made a coordinating headboard for Caroline’s room.  It was quite unlike anything I’ve ever made before, and the idea could be easily adapted to fit any pre-teen girl’s room.  I’ll share that with you later this week.

Update: Click here to see the coordinating headboard that I created for this room, along with the DIY instructions.

Do you have a piece of furniture that you’ve transformed with paint, fabric, paper, etc.?  Want to share it on A2D?  Send me your before and after pics!  [email protected]

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  1. I did a double take because I knew I had seen those pictures before. Turns out I know Caroline's mother. She proudly displayed the new room on her facebook page. It looks great!

  2. WOW!!! I LOVE IT!!!! That is a work of art!!! Looking forward to hearing how you got the paper smooooooth!!!

  3. Just saw this chest on Max & Isabella's bolg!!! It is sooooo cute!!! You did an awesome job, and I know Caroline will think so too!

    Connie McGill

  4. This is adorable!! i love the new colors and the mod-podged collage drawer fronts : ) Very tween/teen-worthy indeed! Great job using what you have and making it over, I wish more parents would do that and lead by example for their kids!

  5. Cool! Sent here from Amy at Mod Podge Rocks; so glad!
    Great idea; grow the furniture with the children 😀 When the temperature warms up, I may turn each of the children loose on their dresser/room.
    Thank you!

  6. I have never used the modge podge technique on furniture, I would never have thought of it!
    These drawers are so inspired, I love it!

  7. I have never used the modge podge technique on furniture, I would never have thought of it!
    These drawers are so inspired, I love it!