Thrifted Dresser Makeover: Mod Podge and Maps … and a dresser!

Buy a thrifted dresser and refinish it!

So our youngest is getting the age to where he can dress himself.  

The Problem:  The dresser he has is hard to open and close the drawers {even for me sometimes}.

The Solution:  Buy dresser off of Craigslist for $20 and paint it just for him.

So, I’m sure you’ve been dying to learn how to put maps on a dresser, right?  

{well, you can use any paper}

Mod Podge a dresser with maps. It's so easy and makes a big impact!

Well, here’s a little tutorial for ya!

Scuff it up a bit

Here are the drawers scuffed up and ready to go

{I didn’t bother to prime it.  You can certainly prime it though}

Spray paint the body thoroughly and the drawers just on the edges and anywhere where you’re not going to cover with the maps

Get a map book

Tear out some maps.  

Get a lighter {I suggest one of these so you don’t burn the heck out of your fingers}

I used maps of places we’ve been as a family {not that a 3 year old cares right now, but he might later}

Tear random edges and light them on fire

Well, make sure to blow it out.

It makes a big mess, so you’ll definitely want to do this outside.

Just go around the edges lighting a bit at a time making sure to be quick to blow on it.

Grab some Mod Podge, a brush, and your maps

Brush on some Mod Podge on to the drawer.

Apply the map.

Try to flatten it as much as you can {a credit card would probably work well}

I made the mistake of just using my fingers and the maps didn’t lay very flat {little bubbles}

Then, slap some more Mod Podge over the map and carry on

I love peeling this stuff off my hands … NOT

{my husband took this picture!}

So, here’s part of the finished product.  I want to apply another coat of Mod Podge with a colour tint to it to age it a bit.

I think it will also seal any loose edges that I may have missed during the process.

I went ahead and went along the edges of the drawers with an Xacto knife to trim the excess maps.

It looks much neater now.

I will be sure to post the FINAL pictures when I’ve done that last step I mentioned.


You can see more great pictures of this dresser here

Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial!

xo Tara


  1. charmaine says:

    Excited to see the full finished project! 🙂

  2. This is wonderful. One of the best I have seen. I didnt get the step fire and tea. Do you first dab a teabag on to certain spots and then use the fire? which first? Thanks

    • Hi Sadi, there are no teabags used in the process. I used the fire to do the edges of the maps first and then added brown paint to the Mod Podge to make aged look.


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