Jul 9, 2010

Upholster your dresser in Vintage Sheets

Enjoy this fun tutorial from Melissa at Under Construction Blog.   
Before (boring):
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After:
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Directions:
Choose a piece of furniture without any engraved or textured elements. The drawer faces are curved on this piece but a contoured drawer edge would be difficult. Also, choose something with drawers that overhang the front of piece (as opposed to inset drawers).

Gather your supplies: sandpaper, large paintbrush or foam brush, mod podge, scissors and pieces of lightweight fabric large enough to generously cover the drawer faces. I used scraps of vintage sheets for a cheap and cheerful option that matches the vintage sheet quilt on the bed.
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Remove the drawer pulls or other hardware and take the drawers out of the dresser.
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Lightly sand your drawer faces. Four-year-old assistant is optional (and not all that helpful) (no idea why this photo is sideways)
**NOTE: if you are working with a lightweight or light background fabric (like a sheet!) and you intend to paint your dresser, paint the drawer faces at this point. I learned from my mistake--the wood grain shows through my fabric and is quite obvious against the white paint.**

Cut rectangles of fabric to the size of your drawer front plus a few extra inches on each side. You’ll trim it later.

Roll a tube of scrap paper and stuff it into the holes from the hardware. You don’t want to fill the hardware holes with glue!
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Brush the entire drawer face with a thin, even coat of mod podge. (pretend those paper plugs are already in the holes in this photo--I was learning as I worked).
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Pull the plugs and lay the fabric over the drawer face using your hands to smooth out any bubbles. Do not leave this task to a four year old.

I found that adding another coat of mod podge on top of the fabric led to an unpleasant, rough texture. Therefore left the fabric uncoated which means the dresser will be easy to stain and hard to clean but the fabric feels nice.
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Once the front is smooth, trim the fabric so it wraps around and meets the drawer sides without bunching up. Notch the corners to remove bulk.
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Spread mod podge on the back edges of the drawers and wrap the fabric around folding the corners to make them look tidy. A binder clip can help hold the fabric in place while the glue dries.
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If you’re going to paint, paint the rest of the dresser and the hardware. Allow to dry.

Once the mod podge is dry on the drawers, you’ll be able to feel a dimple at the hole for the hardware. Use something pointy (scissor tip?) to poke through the fabric and replace the hardware.
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Enjoy your beautiful new dresser!


Thanks Melissa!

31 comments:

Jeanne said...

OMG, that is TOOO CUTE, in a little Girls room and a quilt to match. :)

fabriquefantastique said...

Too adorable....always a great blog

Ashly said...

This is just wonderful! I've been on the lookout for a non-sewing project for my VSs. I'm so excited! Thanks!

Bridget B said...

like that dresser!!

Kelly said...

so sweet - I'm so tempted to do this!

Craft Matters said...

Oh wow - brilliant idea. It would be great to find cartoon/action character sheets/covers and use those too.

FuNkY MoMmY said...

What a fabulous idea!!!!!!

wendyvee said...

That is so cute! Did you make the ruffled bedspread too?

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Wow! That is so cute! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "Featured" button.

Jenglamgirl said...

sO SweET and adorable! LOVE THIS IDEA. love the fabrics too! very CREATIVE. I mod podged fun colorful paper to my daughters table to match her room, but never would of thought of sheets. Thanks Jenn

ShadowCase said...

Just found you while blog hopping--what a unique idea! I've been wondering if one could Mod Podge fabric onto a dresser, but haven't had the guts to do it yet. Now I know!

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

That is truly amazing... would have never thought to do that. Thank you for sharing such a neat technique.

Warm Hugs Design said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing.

Cecily said...

OMG, love it! Totally great idea and it looks so good in the room - awesome job.

Danielle said...

Melissa, you're too clever. I just scored 9 vintage sheets today, which rocks. Tell me, though-- some of these are 50/50 blends (but they feel like soft, cool cotton sheets). Are your sheets blends?

Danielle said...

Very cute, Melissa. Hey, question for you--I just scored 9 vintage sheets (so now I can start my ruffly quilt), but I noticed on the tags, that some of them are 50/50 blends. Is that what you use? They feel like soft, cool cottons.

Gail :) said...

Super Cute!!! I love the ruffled quilt showing on the edge of the bed! So inspiring :)

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

AWW! That is so, so sweet! I am loving your blog! Blue Bird Lucy's emailed me about it and I'm so glad she did. She was right- it's right up my alley! I would love to link to this if you didn't mind.

trish said...

Oh my sweet heavens! That is absolutely adorable! :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia
Ps. I have a new little page on my blog titled "bartering" where I have quality handcrafted jewelry that I am hoping to barter for fabric. Please drop by when you can. I'd love to have you over! :o)

erica said...

this is ridiculously cute! What a great tutorial...thanks for sharing :)

Bethany @ The Paper Pony said...

GOR-GEOUS! Love the florals all together- very sweet!

bethanylbirch said...

Scotch guard would probably go a long way in keeping this lovely piece clean. I like that it doesn't leave a crunchy feeling.

bethanylbirch said...

Scotch guard would probably go a long way in keeping this lovely piece clean. I like that it doesn't leave a crunchy feeling.

Fatticus Finch said...

So cute! Even cuter? That comforter(blanket? ruffly piece of beautiful awesomeness?)!!! I LOVE it! Did you make it and if so please please PLEASE tell me there's a tutorial! I'm pretty sure I need 10 of those right now.

Alicia said...

Oh this is amazing! I redid a dresser for my daughter with wrapping paper, but I bet sheets will hold up better!

Wonderful!

Kharlie Bug said...

GORGEOUS! I'm redoing my craft area and this would be perfect in my room! I love all things romantically vintage. Thank you for sharing this idea!

Vintage Treasure Hntr said...

What a great way to re-do a dresser! I love it!

Rachel said...

This may be somewhere on your blog, but did you make that blanket??? That is beautiful! I'd love to see a tutorial if it was made...

Great dresser too- I have some sheets that need a purpose. :)

craftytammie said...

how am i just now seeing this?! adorable!

Stephanie and Carlos said...

Very yummy indeed...

xo Steph

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Thanks for this tutorial! NOW I know what I did wrong with trying to cover my suitcase with light colored fabric. I should have painted the suitcase white first! ♥