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Steal This Look: Painted Drawer Sides & Interiors

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.

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6:53AM PDT on Oct 17, 2014

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!

1:43PM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

Thank you.

8:44PM PST on Jan 25, 2014

cool ideas!

3:41AM PST on Nov 27, 2013

Treat of life

11:52AM PST on Nov 25, 2013

thank you

4:25AM PST on Nov 24, 2013

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

3:31AM PST on Nov 24, 2013


9:31PM PST on Nov 23, 2013

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

7:42PM PST on Nov 23, 2013

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.

6:40PM PST on Nov 23, 2013


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