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12th Apr 2020

Easy DIY project: Transform an old chest-of-drawers into this ombre beauty

Stuck inside with little to do?
diy ombre chest-of-drawers

The ombre hair trend had its hey-dey a couple of years back – but did you know it is not only your tresses that can be given the multi-tone make-over?

We found this amazingly cute ombre dresser over on, and are now mentally giving our entire houses a bit of an ombre treatment.

This dresser in question (PERFECT for a little girls’ room I am sure you’ll all agree?? Or boys even if you just switch the colour scheme a little!) was a DIY project, and so easy peasy to do that we are certain even the most paintbrush challenged of us can manage to copy it.


Here is how:

This is what you need:

1 chest of drawers (the taller and more drawers it has, the more of an ombre effect you will get – naturally)

I can of white chalk paint

1 can of coloured chalk paint

Plastic cups



Here is how you do it:

The first step is to create your colours. In this case, the dresser has five drawers, so five different shades were created, including the original colour on the bottom drawer.

Next, pour a little bit of your coloured paint into plastic cups. Then add white to each cup to lighten the colour. Add (1) tablespoon to the first cup then increase the white paint by one tablespoon for each consecutive cup (first cup one tbsp, second cup two tbsp, etc.).


Note: You may have to adjust the amount of white paint you use depending on how much coloured paint you need to cover the drawer and how much contrast you want between drawers. It might be a good idea to test each colour and allow it to dry before completing the entire drawer.

Now it’s time to paint. Once you have the colours mixed, pull the drawers out and paint the front of each one.


Once you have all the drawers completed, paint the frame. Here white was chosen, but you can also add a different colour to really make it pop.

Now all you have to do is wait until it dries before you can pop it into place and fill it with clothes, toys or whatever else you need to contain in (beautifully painted) drawers! Officially. Ombre. Obsessed.


Did this inspire you to do some DIY of your own? Or have you any great children’s’ rooms DIY projects you would like to share with us? Please send me an e-mail at