These directions will help you make a functional but not so pretty dresser into a great toddler or child’s dresser. By using wrapping paper for decorating its possible to make your child’s dresser into any theme or their favorite cartoon characters.
Mod Podge is a product that can be used to glue the paper onto the dresser. It also is used on top of the paper to seal and protect it. It can usually be found in the crafting section of a variety store but you may need to go to a craft store or order it online.
Supplies needed for this project are; wrapping paper, Mod Podge, small paintbrush, pencil, ruler, tape measurer, and scissors You will also need a dresser that is in working condition, it does not need to look nice, but it will when you are done. The paper will be the main decoration for the childs dresser. If you do not already have appropriately sized or colored paper visit a local dollar store. One main paper should be picked for the drawer fronts and other matching solid colors can be used for the sides, front, and top of the dresser.
If there are any cracks or holes in the dresser they should be properly filled and allowed to dry. Remove the drawers from the dresser. Remove handles or knobs also. Cut the paper that will be used on the front of the drawers to the appropriate sizes. One piece per drawer front. Don’t not wrap the paper around to the back of the drawer as the product Mod Podge will stick to itself. In this case it will try and stick to the front of the dresser. If the front edge of the dresser drawer is curved you may need to cut a small triangle out of the corners to get an exact line up. If each drawer is using the same paper you may want the design to line up from drawer to drawer. Make sure the paper fits perfectly before you start applying the Mod Podge.
Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the entire drawer front. Make sure your paper is right side up depending on the design. Line it up on the top lip first and run a ruler or other flat surface across it to evenly apply the paper. It is possible to readjust it slightly right away, keep in mind the Mod Podge makes the paper easier to rip. Apply a first coat to the top of the paper. A few more coats will be needed but allow each coat to dry completely after the paper is on. Before your Mod Podge has dried be sure and use a pencil tip to clear the holes for any knobs or handles.
Continue adding Mod Podge and paper to all surfaces that show on the dresser. When all your project is completely dry replace the knobs and handles. Replace the drawers. This is a permanent decoration that would be very difficult to remove.