Dresser Makeover

by - April 17, 2021

 When I first got this tiny dresser, I loved the distressed rustic look it had. However, my style changed over the years. The design of the furniture no longer matched the rest of the decor in my home. I decided it was time to give it a new look.  I was looking online for inspo when I spotted a two-toned dresser. I loved the design. I just had to make it, but with a twist, using sushi mats. Yes, you read right, sushi mats, and honestly, it turned out better than I imagined. If you want to see how I tackled this project, then follow along.


  • Ebony wood stain
  • Sushi mat
  • Dowels
  • Wooden knobs
  • Handsaw
  • Gorilla wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrushes
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood filler


1.) I started off by removing the hardware from the drawer. 

2.) I then sanded the entire dresser in the direction of the grains.

3.) I wiped away any remaining dust with a damped cloth.

4.) I stained the furniture with ebony wood stain, except the drawer. I waited 1-2 hours before applying the second coat.

5.) While the dresser was drying, I began working on the drawer.

6.) I measured the drawer and trimmed the sushi mat according to those measurements. (Mine was exactly half of the sushi mat.)

7.) I then glued each bamboo stick on the drawer and repeated the process until I was finished.

8.) For the trim, I used wooden dowels to frame the drawer. You can use anything you'd prefer, that's what I had in hand at the moment.

9.) I used a wood filler to fill in the gaps.

10.) Once the drawer dried completely, I replaced the old hardware with round wooden knobs.

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