DIY Herringbone Dresser

First off, let’s take a minute and acknowledge two things.

1. Herringbone is different from Chevron, and definitely different from Houndstooth. While looking for an actual Herringbone pattern on both Pinterest and Google, the number of incorrect images was surprising! I will say that Herringbone is the most open to interpretation. There are lots of options of stripe thickness, and some people put a seam between the stripes. However in no way should you confuse Herringbone with Houndstooth, as they really look nothing alike. Get it together Pinners!

I made ya’ll this little cheat sheet for fun!

2. This is the trendiest thing I have ever made. I pretty much made this exclusively for Pinterest. Kidding…kind of. It just encompasses all of Pinterests favorite things:


      -Grey and Peach

      -Dipped gold details



You read that right! This project in total cost me $8. Total.

The dresser I found in an ally with a free sign on it. I made Mr. Gaunt strap it to the roof, as it wouldn’t fit in the trunk or back seat. DAMN I NEED A MINIVAN! The Peach paint was leftover from the Laundry Room. The white paint was leftover from the house trim, and I already owned a sander and all the painting equipment. The only things we bought were a $1 can of OOPS paint (the dark grey) and a can of Rustoleum Gold Spray paint for like $7. Obviously this project would not be this cheap if you were not a paint supply hoarder, or a back ally furniture scavenger (in which case, we have nothing in common)

Time wise this project took an embarrassing amount of time. I did spread it out over about 4 days, to let each coat really cure before painting more. That’s really important when doing a lot of taping off. I started with washing, lightly sanding, and painting the whole dresser peach and the drawer fronts white. I removed the knobs and the feet (which unscrewed with ease).

Next was the taping off. Oh lordy this was tricky. You may not know this about me, but the only thing I hate more than math, is measuring. Remember the stripes I just eyeballed in the spare room. However I knew that if I picked a geometric pattern on a small space, I really needed it to be accurate. And really I just shouldn’t be so lazy.

I looked online for a pattern for a while but couldn’t find one. Then I just sat down and drew out what I wanted on a piece of cardboard, then started measuring. I did this wrong twice before getting it right. I didn’t want to have to tape twice, so I had to make sure I calculated both the white and grey areas accurately. I wrote “G” in the grey areas so I wouldn’t get confused. It was tedious, and probably took me a solid hour just taping. ): ALSO: Frog Tape is soo much better than blue tape.

While it dried I painted the feet and knobs all metallic gold.

When it was all done, I was so in love! I made Mr. Gaunt come out to the garage to stare at it with me! I have plans to put a polyurethane (waterbased) coat on it too, but its like $15 for a can, and I’m poor. Plus no one will really be using this dresser. It’s been placed in our spare room, and will belong to future babies…lucky bastards.

37 thoughts on “DIY Herringbone Dresser

  1. Before I started reading the post, I was wondering what the difference between herringbone and chevron was! Ha! Thanks for clarifying it for me immediately! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed. 🙂

  2. Can I come borrow our backyard to do our dresser? I just want to sand and paint it a solid color. 🙂 Don’t think it would work to try and do it on our back porch!

  3. Super cute. Nice work. I thought you had used gold leaf on the knobs and feet when I first looked at the pictures. That would be way more work than necessary, something I would do. Spray paint…brilliant!

  4. Looks awesome! You’ve got me thinking about herringbone patterns now. I’m in the DIY frenzy too. I’m working on the guestroom first, then going to try out a few other rooms. Now I just need to find some awesome back alley / craigslist finds. 😉

  5. Great job! Love the cost too. I think you need to find a venue to sell some of your “art”. I did this for a while and on some occasions turned a “free” find into a $150 price tag. Look forward to seeing some of your new creations. You Matter! Smiles, Nancy

  6. Awesome job on the dresser re-do! I LOVE things like this and you did a great job…not to mention, your lines are straight too! LOL LOVE IT, LOVE IT! What are you going to paint next?

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