My DIY Dorothy Draper Nightstands

Monday, July 02, 2012

These have been done for quite awhile.  Again, my lack of picture uploading is to blame.  Actually, I'd like to pass the blame along to my prehistoric creature of a laptop that takes 45 minutes to load a page.

Anyways, if you follow me on Instagram (<-- if you don't already, do it!) then you already saw the before and after...

We started with an IKEA Rast dresser, which costs $34.99

You will also need:
  • About 4 or 5 cans of Krylon gloss black spray paint (no joke)
  • 2 or 3 cans of primer (I'd use black.)
  • Stencil sheet
  • Exacto knife
  • Krylon gold leaf paint pen
  • Drawer pulls. (I could only find them here. Mine are medium Burnished Bronze.) 
  • Stencil. I found one here.

Please, when spraypainting, don't do what I did. ^ Buy a tarp. They are around $3 and so much easier. 

The drawers we spray painted before they were put together. 

Once you have printed your stencil, tape it to the stencil paper, and use the exacto knife to cut it out. 

This may be an obvious tip, but be sure to leave space in between that you don't cut out so the stencil stays in place on either side. 

Tape it on, and you're ready to gold leaf. 

 You can find this pen at your local craft store for around $6.99.  I got mine at Joann's and used a 40% off one item coupon so it was much cheaper than that.  AND it lasted for both side tables, the lamps I re-furbished, and there is still plenty of life left in it. 

Z being the camera hog she is. 

My sweet boy helping :)

Once you paint the pattern on, you can put the drawers together and add your drawer pulls.

J's side. 

My side.

I love them. They are the perfect size and now home to my jewelry and pajamas. 

Happy Monday everyone! I am so thrilled to have half of Tuesday and all of Wednesday off of work!  Hope you all have some days off this week as well!



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  1. You did an awesome job! They look great!

  2. This is amazing! You did a stellar job.

  3. Awesome! These are gorgeous,and definitely look way more expensive than they were. Keeping this one in mind! :)

  4. this is beautiful... i am so impressed!! want to make some for me?? ;)

  5. They turned out AMAZING! Great Job.

  6. oh my gosh so perfect!!! I would love to try something like this soon.

  7. Hi Hannah! Came over to say hi from {what you fancy}! Great job on the Rast... I need to tackle one of those someday, there would definitely be gold involved :)

  8. this is amazing! you're so creative!!

  9. Wow- this looks amazing1 Loving all the DIY you're doing lately!


    holly foxen wells

  10. they looks amazing!!!! great DIY!

  11. I am in love with this, it turned out so pretty. What is the paint color on that wall? It is gorgeous!

  12. Love them! Way to go on the stencil! And love the black and gold

  13. Looks absolutely amazing! You've inspired me! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Come back and follow! I'm your newest! Xo

  14. Such a great job! I've been looking for a small, well priced dresser to makeover!

  15. Oh my gosh - this is amazing! It looks so fantastic!
    ♡ Lexi
    FASHION: Glitter & Pearls
    WEDDINGS: Glitter Weddings

  16. I am obsessed with this DIY! I love an Ikea hack. Great blog :)

    Best, Lindsey

  17. wow! im impressed! they look amazing!

  18. What a great idea. Love it!


  19. omg i am in love with your dresser! <3 you're so creative :))

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  20. These look awesome!! I am considering a DIY on mine so thanks for sharing!


    Dominique @

  21. gorgeous! i'm so impressed. also love your jewelry holders! xo J

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  23. Very nicely done! I'm an instant fan of your blog :)

    Quiet Luxury

  24. they turned out so great! thanks for the tutorial!

  25. You are seriously amazing. I wish I had even half of your craftiness. My house would look 1 million times better. They look awesome!

  26. So glad to see such stunning transformations! Pinning this!

  27. These are awesome! I've been searching for a great deal on CL for matching dressers to use for nightstands and coming up empty. I think I'll switch gears and consider these instead! Thanks for sharing-came over from Better After.

  28. I absolutely love this! It's so chic and expensive! I'll definitely be trying something like this out once I move into my own place.

  29. You are pretty much my DIY hero. These are AMAZING!!!! I'm going to have to try this!

  30. I had to laugh when I saw this! My elderly aunt had the exact same dresser, but white, straight out of the 60's!


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