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Dresser ReStyle - with Canvas!

 While HOMEWARDfound is generally about seasonal decor ideas,
sometimes I like to pop in 'Fast, Cheap & Easy' TM ideas for furniture, too...
totally do-able projects for you, some from my previous business [RETREAT].

This dresser was found on the curb, for free, back in 2009.
With lines like the ones on those drawers, I couldn't pass her up!

The case was solid, but the veneer on top and on the drawers was just wrecked.
No amount of putty and paint was going to make her presentable...
she went beyond needing mere 'makeup' into the realm of 'plastic surgery'!

While I was sanding her down, I had a brainstorm...

The dropcloth that she was sitting on in the prep room had some great texture.
I looked at the drawers, and then at the dropcloth, and that light bulb went on:
I would cover the entire dresser with a new canvas dropcloth!

Dropcloths are a great way to get a LOT of fabric for a ridiculously low price
and they come in many sizes and weights. 
I used the heaviest weight for this project, which covered up all of the 'blemishes' in her complexion.

continue reading to see what i did!

To prepare the dresser, I puttied the areas where the veneer was missing,
then painted her a base coat that was a tan color just a bit deeper than the canvas, for contrast.

Then I cut pieces of the canvas dropcloth
to fit the top and sides of the case, and the front of each of the drawers.
I frayed every.last.edge. of all of those pieces.
And then I glued the canvas pieces onto the dresser case and drawers using spray-mount adhesive.
It was easy to control the fabric placement that way - I glued it on a few inches at a time,
keeping the canvas very taut as I pressed it down onto the surface.
I added a 'medallion' piece to the lowest drawer, just because it needed an extra detail,
and then sprayed all of the canvas with Scotchguard fabric protector for easy cleaning.

Her original knobs went back on again, after spraying them with white enamel appliance paint.
[my go-to for painting lamps, hardware, and glass]
I think she liked her makeover!
 [ is it just me, or does that bottom drawer look a bit like a smiling face?!]

I am definitely going to do this project again on another piece one day... 

shared online:

  Atta Girl Says | Home{work} Wednesday
Jennifer Rizzo | Fabulously Creative Friday

The Humble Brag Supporting Habitat for Humanity

One Project Closer's The Better Half | Before & After

Funky Junk Interiors | Party Junk 199

Little Miss Celebration | Best of the Weekend


  1. That's a really different technique. One I have not seen before. Hope you have a great day- xo Diana

  2. I love it! Nice to see something different and this turned out great!

  3. That is probably the most unique furniture redo I've seen in a long time. Great idea there, Deb!

    1. Thank you so much, Pam! It was hard work, but worth it for such a unique result!

  4. Wow I love it! I have an old dresser and an octagon table that would benefit from a drop cloth gluing!! Pinning!

    1. ooooh sounds like fun, Jeanette! Come back and share a link to your project photos!!

  5. That is brilliant. I have the perfect piece to do...do you know if drop cloths can be dyed?

    1. Thank you, Julie!

      Yes, canvas CAN be dyed: first, wash the new canvas dropcloth in warm water and white vinegar (full washer + 1 regular bottle of store brand white vinegar). no soap! then remove it from the washer, and place the wet dropcloth into your dye bath. let it soak until it is the color you want, and rinse. I like to dry mine halfway in the dryer and then hang them up to dry 'flat' the rest of the way.

  6. What a great idea! It really came out so cute - I may have to try that technique! Thanks for sharing.


  7. Good job on the fraying, Deb! I'm all about some frayed edges these days, and I think my MIL wants to pass out every time she sees it in my house. LOL Thanks for linking up to the B&A party!

  8. It does look like she's smiling :) What a transformation. I have never seen anything like that before. Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning to our party board. Have a wonderful week and please join us next Friday.