How To Turn a Dresser Into Faux Map Drawers

Friday, October 11, 2019

Boy oh boy am I excited to share this fun project with you all today!  This is by far the most dramatic transformation I have done on a piece of furniture so far!

I have always loved those vintage apothecary cabinets, map drawers, architects filing cabinet, all of the above, for forever! So it was about time I recreate some faux map drawers to share with you guys today!


I have been wanting to do this forever but I just never found the right piece for it.  UNTIL I was purchasing an old desk (future project coming soon) from someone and she sent me a picture of this odd little dresser, and I knew I wanted it for this project!


So I told her HECK YES and scooped those babies up!

(The paint used in this project was so kindly supplied by Country Chic Paint, but of course, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own!  Thank you for supporting these awesome brands so I can continue to work with them!)


Dresser (mine is 3 drawers)
Poplar Wood Strips
Miter Box
Paint Color of Your Choice (I used Fresh Mustard)

I know this seems like a lot of supplies, but it truly is an easy project! If I can do it, so can you!

Step One:

Wipe down and remove any hardware from your dresser.  I didn't have any hardware to remove since this dresser had built in ones!

Step Two:

Measure your drawers and decide how wide you want your faux drawers to be.  I cut some strips of paper in different sizes and laid them on the drawers until I decided on a size!

I decided to go with 1 1/2 inch pieces that were 1/4 inch thick and 4ft long!

Don't forget to measure how long you need each strip, leaving a little gap at each end!  I ended up cutting mine to 38.25 inches for the perfect fit!

Step Three:

Head to your local home improvement store and grab some poplar strips!  I got mine from Home Depot and I grabbed 14 of these pieces! 

You can either get them cut at Home Depot, or take them home and cut them yourself like I did :)  Since it was pretty thin wood, cutting them was super easy!  I just grabbed my miter box and lined it up and cut them each to the length I wanted.

Cutting them at home also means if you decide you want them shorter you can just go back and adjust easily!

I also used my sander to just give them a quick sand so the paint would adhere nicely!

Step Four:

Grab your heavy duty glue, I used this contact cement to ensure it would be stuck on there super good!  Just follow the directions on your glue to apply it!

I placed each strip of wood on my drawers and got them to a place I liked and marked with a pencil where each piece was going to go!

I glued them down and also added some little finishing nails to be sure it wouldn't budge or come off over time!

Step Five:

Next up you want to drill your holes where each knob is going to go.

I place mine 3 in from each end and in the middle of each strip of wood!

Step Six:

Grab your paint and get painting!  I chose this gorgeous mustard yellow color from Country Chic Paint in the color Fresh Mustard for this piece because it is such a pretty color and I knew it would look perfect with the black hardware!

Step Seven:

Add your hardware!  Depending on how thick your drawers are, you may need to grab some long machine screws or create a sunken hole through the inside so your screw can reach the knob on the front!

I got my little jewelry box knobs from Amazon since my wood pieces were super thin, but depending on how thick your wood strips are, you may want to scout out some bigger knobs!

I sprayed mine with some black spray paint as well because I couldn't find any that were already black!

Add your label pulls to the center of each strip of wood, and you're done!

How easy was that!?! Here's some pretty shots of this fun piece!

I am obsessed with how this turned out and super impressed that I was able to completely transform this super off dresser to give it a whole new life!  I reaaaaaalllly want to keep this for myself, but we have no room in our house, so I hope it goes to a good home!

If you love this color as much as I do, be sure to head over to to grab it for yourself, or any of their other fun colors and products.  Even better, as a brand ambassador I have a code you can use for 10% off your first order!

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