Mod Podge fabric dresser {tutorial}

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I debated back and forth whether or not to even do this project.  I was so afraid that I was going to "ruin" a perfectly good dresser by gluing a million fabric pieces to it!  So glad I won the argument with myself and went for it!

Mod Podge Fabric dresser

This was the before.  I got this dresser for $10 at a garage sale.


I decided to jump on the Annie Sloan Chalk paint bandwagon and did Ellie's whole bedroom with that paint.  The dresser got 2 coats of Old white.  Then I used the mod podge to adhere the fabric.  I waxed the dresser AFTER I did the mod podge and didn't wax over the fabric parts.  I have a whole lot to say about chalk paint but I'm going to save it for later in the week when I talk about her bed and bookshelf.


The fabric I used was Amy Butler Love.  I am addicted to that fabric line.  It's the same fabric line I used in the craft room of our old house.  I cut a bunch of two inch squares.


I set up my pattern first and just did a drawer at a time.  Then I would just move a row, put the mod podge glue down with a foam brush and then set the fabric on top of the glue.  Very easy but took forever for the whole dresser.  Each drawer probably took 30 minutes or so.  After the mod podge dried under the fabric I put a coat of mod podge over the top of the fabric.


The little glass knobs came from Home Depot and the big pulls on the bottom I bought from ebay.


E loves it.  Says it's so pretty so I guess it was worth all the glue.

Mod Podge Fabric dresser

Done!  Total cost for the whole project was around $60.  But I'm not counting the cost for all the paint/wax just the cost of the amount I used.  One quart of the Annie Sloan chalk paint is $38 but I only used about 1/4 of the can.


  1. I love what you did with it!! So fun.

  2. Very fun. I have been thinking of painting my daughters' bunk beds and then decoupaging fabric on the drawers. I am inspired...

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  3. I think it came out super cute. Great idea.

  4. It's fabulous! I love how it turned out! Definitely cheerful and original! Love!

  5. I would've been nervous about ruining it too but it turned out amazing! I only recently discovered Mod Podge but I think that stuff is like magic now :p

  6. It looks awesome! Love the colors you chose.

  7. Your dresser makeover is awesome!! I love it!

  8. This is amazing! What a labor of love!

  9. I love patchwork and your dresser is absolutely gorgeous! Great work!

  10. I think it turned out lovely! What a happy dresser! I've been mod-podging (is that a verb? If not, it should be!) like crazy. My project this week for linky parties was mod podging fabric onto a lamp shade. Feel free to pop over real quick and peek if you'd like to.

    Big smiles to you for your efforts for this lovely dresser :)

    Visiting from MMS Linky Party tonight,
    `Suzanne in NW Illinois

  11. WOWSERS, Brook! It really is awesome, but I bet all that fabric/mod podging made you batty! Well worth the effort though:)

  12. Very bold and bright so fun for a child's room :)


  13. Wow what a project! Definitely worth all your efforts, it turned out wonderfully! I would love to have you share your talents at my VIP today =)
    Have a wonderful holiday weekend!! XO

  14. OmiGOSH, what a LOT of work!! Beautiful outcome!

    Deborah (happily visiting from

  15. Unbelievable!! What a lot of work but what impact!

  16. This is awesome! I love the checkerboard effect with the fabric! It turned out great. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  18. I love this! I have something similar I plan on doing and I'm glad I came across this post because I am a litte apprehensive too in fear of ruining it! It's turned out fantastic!!

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