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Do you ever get an itching to paint something? I do. A lot.
Prepping a project like this is 100% CRUCIAL to having a fantastic outcome.

First things first, I lightly sanded down the dresser, removing the shiny finish, scuff marks and pen marks. Then, I gave the whole thing (except the drawers) a few coats of glossy, white paint. I didn't sand down the drawers (more on this later).

Then, I got down to business. The business of making perfectly square, squares.

Posted by thehowtogal from South Jordan, Utah, United States • Published See thehowtogal's 7 projects »

  • How to make a dressing table. Geometric Dresser - Step 1
    Step 1

    Measure your dresser drawer from top to bottom and across. Let's pretend this giant black rectangle is my drawer. Because it is 5 inches down and 15 inches across, you can make 3 perfect squares out of it. My actual drawer didn't have perfect measurements like this, so I had to add a little extra on each end to split it into 4 even squares. But you get the idea.

  • How to make a dressing table. Geometric Dresser - Step 2
    Step 2

    Make pencil marks every 5 inches (or whatever your drawer's height measurement is). Remember, you may have to add a little on each square to evenly divide your drawer.

  • How to make a dressing table. Geometric Dresser - Step 3
    Step 3

    Then, pick a triangle you want to start with and start taping off your drawer.

  • How to make a dressing table. Geometric Dresser - Step 4
    Step 4

    This example shows us starting with the bottom triangle. Notice how the tape moves to fully outline a specific triangle while covering up some of another.

  • Step 5

    I did one triangle at a time on each drawer. It was faster this way since I didn't have to switch back and forth between paint colors. After each triangle was dry, I carefully peeled off the tape and started outlining the next triangle. Also, because I didn't sand down the dresser drawers beforehand (wanted to keep the original white, glossy finish on the one white triangle), I lightly sanded each triangle after it was taped off so the paint would stick better.

  • Step 6

    When I had finished painting all of the triangles, I let them dry an additional day before applying two coats of polyurethane. I then installed new, shiny handles for a finishing touch.

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