Posted by / 2/19/2016 / 5 Comments / ,

DIY Apartment Kitchen Dresser

This restyled dresser makes the perfect home for your kitchen gadgets & spices! (was that too punny?)

Well, anyway, I bought this dresser for less than $10 at the thrift store to put in our kitchen to hold my many boxes of tea, spices, etc. I wasn't sure how I was going to paint it until I was looking at a magazine at our library and saw a piece of furniture that was painted to look like an apartment building and loved the idea.

So here is my apartment dresser:

You can download the pattern for the windows, doors, etc on DecoArt's website here.


  • Americana Decor® Chalky Finish Paint in Carbon, Relic, and Yesteryear,
  • Americana® Acrylics in Lamp Black, Leaf Green, Naphthol Red, Navy Blue, Snow White 
  • DuraClear Matte Varnish (DS60)
  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • painter's tape
  • paint brushes
  • dresser
  • pencil
  • container

 NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

1. Create a custom color (a medium grey) by mixing both containers of Yesteryear and Relic together into a container. Stir well until completely mixed.

2. Use a 2" flat brush to paint the front and sides of all the dresser drawers in the mix from Step 1. (Paint only the drawer front and leave the handles unfinished.)

3. Paint the wooden drawer handles in Carbon using a 1/4" flat brush. (If using metal handles, paint using Black Tie.)

4. Following the pattern, sketch the windows underneath all of the handles except the one on the bottom drawer. Paint the windows in Snow White. Let dry. Once dry, outline in Navy Blue.

5. On the bottom dresser drawer, there will be one door and one window. Use a pencil to lightly sketch on the door, using the pattern as a guide. Paint in Naphthol Red; let dry and outline in Lamp Black once dry.

6. Use the pattern as a guide to sketch on extra features in the windows, such as curtains, railings, and hanging baskets. Paint them in Lamp Black and desired colors.

7. Using the pattern, sketch on the bicycle and bushes onto the bottom drawer. Paint the bicycle in Lamp Black with a #1 round brush and the bushes in Leaf Green.

8. Use painter's tape to tape off the top of the dresser and the bottom 6" of the dresser. Paint both sections with two coats of Naphthol Red.

 9. Apply a coat of DuraClear Matte Varnish to all painted surfaces.

10. Once dry, put all of the drawers back in the dresser.

On the wall next to it is my Pegboard Organizer, which I love. You can find the tutorial for that here.

Have you ever thought about putting a dresser in your kitchen? It actually comes in really handy for extra storage and I have 2 drawers for nothing but tea. I love tea.

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I'm Katie, the artist behind the blog Punk Projects. I love everything crafty, I drink tea all day long, I'm a bit of a nerd, and I usually have ink or paint on my hands.

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