I’ve done it again! I’ve transformed another dresser. In addition to Jaye’s chalkboard dresser, my sister Lucy and I turned a boring Salvation Army dresser into an incredible comic book dresser.
Here’s the best “before” shot. Just imagine a plain honey-colored 5-drawer chest of drawers. Not hideous, but super B-O-R-I-N-G. We started by hauling the drawers and the dresser out to the backyard, where everything got a coat of spray primer and then red spray paint. I’m a huge believer in primer, after the chalkboard dresser required 5 coats of paint. I’m also a new convert to spray painting furniture, because this dresser was easy-peasy and looks amazing!
Once the spray paint was dry, we plopped the drawers down on the kitchen counter and got to work with our trusty Mod Podge. Using the comic books was my sister’s brilliant idea. We were sorting through lots of crap in her room, and as we were about to toss her old comic book collection into a Goodwill donation box, she said, “We should use those to decoupage something.” Ka-ching!
We wanted the pages to be all jumbled up and random. We cut some edges and tore some. The best method I found was to cover the entire drawer front with larger pieces of comics, but not perfectly side by side, some upside down or sideways, etc. Then I used more smaller pieces on top of my first layer. I think this helped ensure full coverage on the front, but also give it a layered, jumbled look. Also, by using a second layer, I could make sure to put some of my favorite images on top, like Richie Rich!
As you can see, we didn’t worry too much about smoothing out every wrinkle. We just did the best we could and then moved on. At the end, we did one last coat of Mod Podge across the entire drawer. And now, the finished product!
I love it! And more importantly, so does Lucy!
We found these cool knobs at World Market and used them to replace the boring wooden ones. I love the way the multicolor inside the glass goes with all the colors in the comics.