Steal This Look: Painted Drawer Sides & Interiors

Here’s an idea for the color shy: Dressers painted in an array of cheery colors (or in gray, for the truly color avoidant) in stealth locations, such as drawer interiors and drawer sides. After all, who doesn’t like a surprise?
Above: An all-white kid’s room dress with drawer side in bright primary colors; photography by Meg Spaeth for Apartment Therapy.

Colored Drawers from Bulle in France via Bloesem Blogs | Remodelista

Above: An array of colors are revealed when the drawers of this dresser are opened. Designed by French custom furniture company Bulle, it’s shown in the home of Céline Vernier profiled on Bloesem.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in a Stealth Colored Drawer | Remodelista

Above: A drawer interior painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, an idea spotted on the Annie Sloan blog. For more on her paints, see: Instant Patina: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Stealth Color: Gray Painted Drawers | Remodelista

Above: A single shade of gray (Benjamin Moore’s Mysterious by Ben Interior Paint, $36.99 a gallon) adds a surprise touch to a midcentury pale wood dresser spotted on Our Humble Abode.

Black Chalkboard Paint Drawer Interiors via The Yellow Cape Cod | Remodelista

Above: A white vintage dresser is updated with chalkboard-painted drawer sides and interiors for leaving hidden notes via The Yellow Cape Cod.

Fin Art Company in Colorado Blue Dresser Drawers | Remodelista

Above: From Denver, Colorado-based designers Rob McGowan and Ben Olson of Fin Art Co., a dresser made from reclaimed wood gets a stealth pop of true blue. Photograph via Tree Hugger.

Looking to paint the front of a dresser? If so, visit: DIY: Painted Dresser Drawers and DIY: Painted Drawer Pulls.


Christine J.
Christine J.7 months ago

Creative idea; thanks for sharing.

Darren Woolsey
Darren Woolsey2 years ago

We sanded down the handrail on our banister years ago, with a view to repainting it, but when we'd sounded it down, the look of natural wood, was so good, we ended up just varnishing it!

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers2 years ago

Thank you.

Susan T.
Susan T.2 years ago

cool ideas!

Fi T.
Fi T.3 years ago

Treat of life

Autumn S.
Autumn Away S.3 years ago

thank you

Gloria picchetti
Gloria picchetti3 years ago

I would only paint drawer insides if the dresser was very old.

Val M.
Val M.3 years ago


Pamela W.
Pamela W.3 years ago

Looks great, but WHO leaves drawers OPEN ?? My cats would use them either as beds, or a "staircase" to the top of the cupboard !!!!!!!!

E C.
Emma C.3 years ago

I love this idea, and think it would be marvellous in a home office! I don't have an office yet (it's a part of the living room) but when I do, I think I'll do something like this.