DIY Dresser – Nursery Step 1

I’m a big fan of decorating and DIY blogs and last year I redid a craigslist old dresser find to a turquoise dresser for our bedroom.  In preparing for our nursery, I’ve been scouring pinterest (I’m under jenworman) and blogs for inspiration and came upon this beautiful nursery.


It’s my inspiration for our boy’s room and I’ll tweak some things to make it my boyish and modern, but I love the feel of this room.  

First step:  taking an old modern dresser to a high gloss black finish to match the chevron carpet I’ve purchased (which is the carpet in the pictures above).  

This is the dresser BEFORE:

The tools you”ll need are pretty simple:

  • Paint Brush and Roller Brush
  • Used 50 grit sandpaper
  • Benjamin Moore Primer (tinted dark)
  • Benjamin Moore High Gloss Black Paint
  • Screwdriver and Bolt Cutter for knobs
  • Knobs of your choice, I purchased mine from

1) Remove knobs and drawers and sand down every part of the dresser.  Last time I borrowed an orbital sander from a friend, but this time my husband did it by hand.  An orbital sander definitely helps if the dresser has a lot of paint that needs to be sanded off and is much quicker.  You definitely want to sand off any gloss or paint on the dresser so that your not painting on paint.  

2) Prime it (one coat) – we had the Benjamin Moore store tint the primer darker since we were painting the dresser black.  As you can see, we didn’t’ get too fancy and left the sides undone. . . you can definitely go the extra mile and paint the side of the drawers as well as the inside, but we decided not to.  In addition, I didn’t want paint inside the drawers once I fill it with baby clothes.

3) Painting (3 coats) – I wanted a high gloss look, but with high gloss paint you have to be careful with paint strokes and making sure things are done evenly.  My husband did 3 coats of the high gloss black paint, rotating the dresser and drawers.  Due to drying time and wanting to make sure we didn’t nick the black paint, the priming and painting steps took about 3 days

4)  Knobs – I kept the same knob holes and the amount of knobs which also made it easy (since I didn’t have to fill any holes or create new ones).  I’m going with silver finishes for our boy’s room and love the look of the ring pulls; we purchased 12 for $56 which is a pretty good deal.  The knobs we got were perfect in the holes and all my husband had to do was to cut the bolt to fit.

This is the finished product!

I love the look and the dresser will definitely be enough room to fit lots of clothes!  Onto the next project – choosing a color for the room and we recently purchased a craigslist wingback chair that we are having upholstered.  If you love these postings, I’ll try to show more of how the room is coming along.  

*Don’t forget to check out my jewelry line and the fantastic January markdown sale!  Items marked at 50% and 70% off!!



  1. vigilant lense
    January 11, 2012 / 7:13 am

    beautiful blog!!!

  2. Girlie Blogger
    January 11, 2012 / 7:25 am

    EXCELLENT job! Removing knobs is such a good idea. Your little boy will have a decked out room

  3. Label me Addict
    January 11, 2012 / 8:26 am

    yes !!! love DIY blog and their style ideas.i have a 6 drawer just like yours in black and i just added knobs that i found at a store to give it a more feminine look!Anyways HAPPY NEW YEAR babe…Let me know what your favorite gift this year is!!!♥ Label me ADDICT ♥

  4. Lisa
    January 11, 2012 / 9:08 am

    omgosh jen the new baby dresser looks AMAZING!!! i love that you went with a high gloss look for the black dresser so chic and elegant! can't wait to see what the rest of your nursery will look like :)!

  5. Adele
    January 11, 2012 / 9:35 am

    Love your inspiration, the colour scheme is gorgeous xoxo

  6. Lily
    January 11, 2012 / 9:48 am

    You guys are so good at this! I could never imagine myself doing anything DIY without spilling paint all over the floor… Great job!I love black dressers, I lave a black lacquered dresser from my mom's old bedroom set that she got when she got married. So heavy but absolutely gorgeous and minimal.

  7. Heather
    January 11, 2012 / 12:01 pm

    This is darling – I so love that eggshell blue color!

  8. simplyvonne
    January 11, 2012 / 1:08 pm

    I am so excited to see what you come up with for the nursery jen!!! SUPER EXCITED! I love home decor and DIY! you found that dresser at Craigslist? The after is amazing and can't wait to see what you do next! Your baby boy is going to have one awesome lil nursery!

  9. Erica
    January 11, 2012 / 2:16 pm

    Aww Jen I LOVE these posts! You guys did a really nice job on that dresser! Your inspiration nursery is so nice…I love the rug! – My first giveaway!

  10. Jessica
    January 11, 2012 / 2:25 pm

    Fantastic job! I love the way it looks now. And those nursery photos are super cute. :)xx Jessica

  11. Schnelle
    January 11, 2012 / 2:31 pm

    Great inspiration photos! The dresser came out really nice! Can't wait to see the finished room.

  12. Elise
    January 11, 2012 / 4:01 pm

    I love the nursery inspiration photos! Excited to see how yours turns out!Cheers, Elise

  13. LC
    January 11, 2012 / 4:09 pm

    i love diy projects, but always end up procrastinating so all the materials are stashed in a box. i love where you`re going with the nursery, it`s going to be so unique and cool! i especially love the chevron rug!

  14. Jill
    January 11, 2012 / 4:57 pm

    The dresser looks great, Jen! The inspirational nursery is very you. I can't wait to see more.

  15. Kenya
    January 11, 2012 / 5:35 pm

    Wow somehow I missed the exciting news ..Congrats to you both. You did a great job on the dresser as well. Kenya

  16. DiamondsandTulle
    January 11, 2012 / 5:44 pm

    GREAT JOB Jen (and hubby!) I have been OBSESSED with baby stuff and nursery inspiration for the last couple of months. I'm definitely ready for all the cuteness stuff! Check out my pinterest boards too if you want. I just started following you too!'t wait to see the rest of the nursery come along and more baby stuff. gah – it's gross how I'm becoming one of those people – all obsessed with baby stuff hahah!xx Vivian @

  17. Kim (A Very Sweet Blog)
    January 11, 2012 / 7:13 pm

    I totally missed the memo that you were having a boy! I'm so happy for you. I super love that dresser and carpet! It's definitely a winner. I love a dark dresser. It looks good Jenn! You think of everything. 🙂

  18. CessOviedo
    January 11, 2012 / 10:58 pm

    How amazing! I'm so excited, I've always been fascinated by babies and all related!Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  19. Josie
    January 12, 2012 / 2:30 am

    You guys did GREAT! And I love that your baby boy will be able to use it through the rest of his life!xo

  20. Grace
    January 12, 2012 / 4:31 am

    Ooh! I DO like the first set of photos. That is such a cute baby room! Your baby boy is SO lucky ;)xo

  21. Fabulously Thrifty
    January 13, 2012 / 12:38 am

    Ooh I love DIY! My new fave blog is The Nest Effect!

  22. Ada Gonzalez
    January 16, 2012 / 4:12 pm

    Ohh what a great job on the dresser! Looks much more elegant and chic. Can't wait to see how the rest of the nursery comes along!

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