DIY Blue Ombre Dresser Tutorial

Today’s contributor is Patricia from The Wood Spa and she is a sharing a tutorial on how to paint an ombre dresser.  All posts contributed by Patricia for Grillo Designs can be found HERE.



 

I’m always pinning and saving pictures of ombre dressers from the Internet, but I had never painted one until recently. They make me smile with their fun colors and beautiful shades and I think they look especially nice in children’s bedrooms.

 

Gorgeous blue ombre dresser for a boys bedroom / Grillo Designs Blog www.grillo-designs.com

 

I will show you step by step how I painted this blue ombre dresser for a little boy’s bedroom. The original piece had been in his father bedroom since he was a little kid and after all these years it was still in very good shape.

 

This is how it looked before.

 

A before picture of the drawers that became the beautiful ombre dresser / Grillo Designs Blog www.grillo-designs.com

Before it was an ombre dresser

 

 

SUPPLIES USED TO CREATE THIS OMBRE DRESSER EFFECT:

 

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HOW TO:

 

I started by cleaning the piece with TSP diluted in water and paper towel, then light sanding it with a 120 grit sand block.

 

sanding down the dresser to turn it into an ombre dresser / Grillo Designs Blog www.grillo-designs.com

 

Next I cleaned it again then sprayed Rustoleum gray primer over the entire piece.

 

This is how it looked after I primed it.

 

how the ombre dresser looked once it was primed / Grillo Designs Blog www.grillo-designs.com

 

This chest had very few scratches, and since I could hardly see them in the original finish, I chose to fix the imperfections after it was all primed. I applied wood filler using a putty knife, and after an hour sanded the filled spots with a 220 grit sand paper. I then cleaned and sprayed the primer only on those spots.

 

The main color I used was Benjamin Moore Hale Navy (satin). I sprayed two coats on the main body of the chest using my Homeright paint sprayer.

 

spray painting the ombre dresser with homeright spray painter / Grillo Designs Blog www.grillo-designs.com

 

Next I got to the fun part! Mixing paint to make the other five shades of blue to paint the drawers.

There was no exact recipe to make the other shades. I chose to make very subtle variations of the main blue because I wanted the final look to be mostly dark. It is a personal choice. I’ve seen ombré pieces where the shades have a higher contrast among themselves and the last drawer is totally white. Also very beautiful!

 

 

To make the darkest shade I added a little bit of white paint (Benjamin Moore Super White) to the Hale Navy blue.

 

mix paint colours together in this diy ombre dresser tutorial / Grillo Designs Blog www.grillo-designs.com

 

I mixed it well and painted a small piece of wood. I used little pieces of wood to compare each new shade to the other ones. If I thought it was too dark or too light I did the necessary adjustments by adding more white or more blue to my paint, always trying it on the little piece of wood FIRST before moving to the actual drawer.

 

mixing a darker shade of paint for this ombre dresser tutorial / Grillo Designs Blog www.grillo-designs.com

 

I also kept a small container with each shade of blue I used, so they can be used in case some touch-up is needed during the project or in the future.

 

When I was happy with my first shade, I rolled two coats on the bottom drawer using my very favorite foam roller.

 

the best rollers to use for this ombre dresser tutorial / Grillo Designs Blog www.grillo-designs.com

 

This roller makes a very smooth finish and it’s the closest you can get to a spray painted finish.

 

painting the ombre dresser with this roller/ Grillo Designs Blog www.grillo-designs.com

 

I repeated the process for the other four shades, always painting small pieces of wood before painting the drawer, and saving a little container of each shade.

 

different ombre paint effects used in this ombre dresser tutorial / Grillo Designs Blog www.grillo-designs.com

 

I sealed the finished piece with Polycrylic spray, satin.

 

 

And here is the final result!

 

completed blue ombre dresser tutorial / Grillo Designs Blog www.grillo-designs.com

 

another look at this diy ombre dresser / Grillo Designs Blog www.grillo-designs.com

 

Have you got a similar piece? Are you planning to do your own ombré dresser? Let me know if I can help! Also, here are some of my other painted furniture transformations from my blog.

 

DRESSER MAKEOVER FROM MY BLOG: 

 

HIGH BOY BEOFRE AND AFTER

 

dresser makeover by The Wood Spa

 

 

NAVY BLUE SIDEBOARD FOR A NURSERY

 

sideboard-makeover-by-the-wood-spa

 

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Thanks for reading!

Patricia Rios @The Wood Spa.

 

IF YOU LIKED THIS POST YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE THIS TUTORIAL ON HOW TO APPLY NAIL HEAD TRIM TO A DRESSER

 

Another painted dresser makeover similar to the ombre dresser / Grillo Designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

OR THIS POST ON HOW TO REPAIR DAMAGED VENEER ON FURNITURE

 

Ways to repair damaged veneer

 

HOW TO GET THE GLAZED EFFECT ON ON A DRESSER

 

how to get the glazed effect in this dresser

 

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Comments

  1. This is such a beautiful transformation! We have a few old dressers in desperate need of tlc, but I’ve always been too scared to attempt painting them. I’m pinning this tutorial so I know exactly how to do it when I’m ready. Thank you! 🙂

    1. Thanks Emily!
      No need to be scared. This is easier than it looks. Good luck!

  2. Jodi

    Absolutely beautiful and inspiring! I’ve got several pieces that I need to do something with and had never considered painting it until I saw your work. Thank you so much for sharing with the rest of us !

    1. Thanks for your kind words Jodi! Good luck on your painting projects.

      Patricia.