You'd have to be a grouch to be unimpressed by dramatic before-and-after treatments to antique dressers. Some people have a gift for taking a flea market find and totally transforming it. But this is not about them. This is about the discriminating doers — the ones who manage to transform a dresser by barely changing anything at all.
Each of these DIY projects or before-and-afters have one thing in common: They're totally achievable. The techniques in this post — changing out hardware or adding a patterned front — can be done to any dresser in your home for a near-instant pick me up.
Add Leather Drawer Pulls
Inspired by: Sugar & Cloth's IKEA Hack (at top) & Leather Belt Drawer Pulls on The Merrythought
Paint the Inside of the Drawer Pulls
Inspired by: Julia's Light Bright Dresser
Paint a Pattern on the Front
Inspired by: Henry's Herringbone Dresser
Paint the Sides of the Drawers
Inspired by: Claire Zinnecker's Dressed-Up Dresser on Camille Styles
Glue On Patterned Overlays
Inspired by: Sarah Hearts' Malm Makeover
Add Extra Trim
Inspired by: Chevron Trim Dresser from House & Home
Switch In Some Statement Hardware
Inspired by: Kim's Nursery Dresser
Glue Patterned Paper Inside The Drawers
Inspired by: Leopard and Plaid's Storage Chest Makeover
Cover the Sides of the Drawers With Fabric
Inspired by: Elsie's Dresser on A Beautiful Mess
Remove Some Drawers
Inspired by: Liana's Cheery Dresser Update
What is your favorite low-effort, big-impact makeover technique?
(Image credits: Sugar & Cloth; The Merrythought; Julia; Henry Happened; Claire Zinnecker; Sarah Hearts; House & Home; Kim R. McCormick; Leopard and Plaid; A Beautiful Mess; Liana Dimitrakopoulou)