Staying Stylish in Suburbia

DIY Ombre Chest of Drawers for the Nursery

Monday, July 8, 2013

We've been painting a lot of furniture lately. We did a little yellow nightstand for Esmae's "big girl room" and most recently tackled an ombre chest of drawers for the baby's new nursery.

Here were the steps we took...

  • First we sanded, primed and painted everything but the drawers in white.
  • Next it was off to the paint store to find the right colors. I knew that I wanted to hang a certain piece of artwork above the chest so I looked for colors in that same spectrum. 
  • There were five drawers to the chest so I choose five different paint colors light to dark using paint sample cards. 
  • We bought sample sizes of all five colors for 3 dollars each. 
  • Then we began painting starting with the lightest color on the top and working our way down to the darkest color on the bottom drawer. The lightest ones needed only two coats of paint while the darker drawers took about four.  
  • Lastly we added the knobs which we decided to keep a light wood to go with other components in the room.

Here's how it turned out...

What do you think? All in all it was a bit time consuming but totally worth it in my opinion.

P.S. More pictures of the nursery to come soon...


  1. very nice !!! feeling inspired to work an old piece of funiture i have. didnt know you could buy small cans of sample paint !!!

    1. I know. Isn't that great! Less waist of paint and much cheaper too. Sometimes they don't have what they need to mix the color you want in a sample size. If that happens you can ask them to give you the next size up for half price. It worked for me a couple times at Lowes. Happy painting! :)