Before & After: Dated Dresser to Ombre Sideboard

updated May 5, 2019
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(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Well hello there, ugly old dresser. You have some mighty fine bones but oooh boy are you a dated mess. Time to grab the paint and transform you into something more modern!

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

The folks over at Young Nesters were in need of a sideboard for their dining room. After searching in vain for an affordable option, they spied this old dresser in a grandmother’s basement and, since it was free anyway, decided to try their hand at an ombre makeover.

The first step in the makeover was to remove all the hardware and decorative trim. The entire piece was then sanded, cleaned and primed. Once primed and ready to go, the frame of the dresser was painted in the darkest color – Olympic’s Lava Gray. To create the ombre effect, each level of drawer was painted in a different shade, starting with the darkest at the bottom and lightening up on the way to the top. To finish off the dresser, the old hardware was spray painted black and re-applied.

For all the details on this project, including paint color names, check out Young Nesters.