Small Dresser

Submitted by Smokeydog on Wed, 03/18/2015 - 16:31

I made this dresser for a young lady who has never had any furniture unless it came from IKEA. Time to mix it up a little.  She was very delighted. The bulk of the dresser is poplar plywood with decorative birch trim.  I had trouble matching the paint color she wanted so I experimented by buying paint as close as I could find to the shade of grey she wanted and then mixed it with paint I had in the shop until I got the desired result.  I'm  no master at mixing paints.  I simply got lucky.  I traced out the decorative top using my wife's China serving platter and then routered the edge. Turned out OK and my wife was none the wiser.


Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Poplar Plywood, Birch Trim
Finish Used
Satin Paint
Recommended Skill Level



Thu, 03/19/2015 - 13:00

The finish turned out amazing. How did you get the two toned effect on the drawers? Did you paint the grey face and the white molding separately? Also, is the molding flush with dresser frame?


Thu, 03/19/2015 - 14:04

Thank you for your nice comment. The drawer face and trim were painted separately. The drawers are flush with the frame but the trim is not. The trim is attached to the drawer face and protrudes out from the frame. I liked the shadow effect that this created. I also decided to put white quarter round on the base of the dresser. This additional trim really makes it pop! I'll update the photo when this is completed.

Thanks again!

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