There are plenty of quick and simple, tried-and-true hacks to give your space an instant facelift: toss a few throw pillows on the couch, swap in a fresh print on your gallery wall, fill your windowsill with houseplants. And today, we’re officially adding “wallpaper your furniture” to that list. We know what you’re thinking: Quick and simple? Wallpaper? But it’s true! Not just for walls anymore, today’s colorful crop of peel-and-stick options allow you to easily add character to almost any flat surface, transforming everything from backsplashes to cabinets into attractively patterned focal points. And because most of these papers are removable, this low-commitment craft is perfect for serial redecorators and temporary living situations (looking at you, dorm dwellers)!
To show you how it’s done, we’re walking you through how to customize a dresser with wallpaper (and top it off with snazzy new drawer pulls), creating a stylish, one-of-a-kind accent piece to anchor your room. Click play to see the peel-and-stick magic in action, then read on to follow the steps and shop some of our favorite wallpaper and drawer pull picks.
How to wallpaper a dresser
At a glance:
Time: 1 hour
You will need:
- Removable wallpaper
- Measuring tape
- Pen and pencil
- Smoothing tool
- Drawer pulls
Step 1: Ready your drawers
Emptying the contents of your drawers will make them easier to handle. Depending on your dresser, it might also be helpful to take the drawers out and place them on an even surface while you work. Once your dresser is empty, use a screwdriver remove the hardware from each drawer.
Step 2: Pick a paper pattern
If you want to be able to see the wallpaper’s full design, choose a print that’s small enough to fit on the front of your drawers. Consider how the colors will play with both the finish on your furniture and the overall vibe of your space. A bright and busy pattern adds a pop of contrast to a more neutral room, whereas designs with clean lines and soft, organic shapes make a great choice for modern homes. Feeling bold? Choose a different wallpaper for each drawer in complementary shades and create your own maximalist moment.
Step 3: Measure twice, cut once
Measure the length and width of the front of each drawer. Remember: Drawers from the same piece of furniture may be different sizes, so be sure to measure each surface individually! Use a ruler to plot the dimensions out on the backside of your paper, marking in increments with a pencil. Cut each piece to length.
Step 4: Simply peel and stick!
Starting at a corner, carefully remove the backing of the wallpaper to expose the sticky side. Line up the short end of the paper with the corners of your drawer and stick, pressing down slowly from one end of the drawer to the other.
Step 5: Smooth out air bubbles
As you affix the wallpaper to the drawer, use a smoothing tool to eliminate air bubbles, working in the same direction that you’re laying the paper.
Step 6: Upgrade your drawer pulls
For a final flourish, swap out your old drawer pulls for a new set. Try playing with different colors and shapes, and consider unexpected materials like crystals and leather. You can even mix and match for added impact. Simply puncture the paper with a pen to create holes that line up with the drawer holes, then screw your new knobs in tight!
Step 7: Decorate with your favorite things
Reassemble your dresser, and style it with a curated collection of treasures. Some of our current faves? Vintage vases, mini planters, and personalized jewelry boxes.
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