The in-laws are coming, the in-laws are coming! Watch the video above and see how we prepped our guest room for Joey’s parents. We DIY an old thrift store dresser and create a cozy, decorated space for our impending guests.

This dresser had been DIY’d a few times before we bought it at the thrift store and it was ready for another one! I went for a two-tone look and used a textured spray paint on the drawers to cover the flaws and used rope for the handles!

Prep It:

  • an old dresser (we found ours at a thrift store)
  • a drop cloth
  • sand paper
  • natural rope – we used 3/8″ diameter
  • paintbrushes
  • spray paint primer in white if you’re going light or grey if you’re going darker
  • x-acto knife or scissors to cut rope
  • contact cement (optional, to secure the rope knots)
  • gray paint (we used Valspar’s Man Cave)
  • white textured spray paint
  • wood putty – optional if you need to fill in any holes from the previous drawer pulls
  • drill with a 1/2″ drill bit


  • Remove old hardware and plug up any unneeded holes with wood putty, let dry and sand smooth.
  • Drill holes for rope handles – either drill the existing holes larger or create new ones. We used 3/8″ rope and drilled 1/2″ holes.
  • Sand down any super rough areas on surfaces you’re not painting with the textured spray paint and white clean with a damp rag
  • Spray the body of the dresser with the gray primer, and the drawers with white primer.
  • Paint the body the color of your choice, and use the textured spray paint for the drawers. Let dry.
  • Cut lengths of rope for the handles – make sure to give yourself enough slack to tie two knots. Tie a knot on one end and feed the rope through the two holes, creating a loop in the front of the drawer and tie a second knot on the inside of the drawer. Trim the rope and you can use contact cement to secure the knot if needed.

Hope you liked this episode and DIY! Comment and let me know what you think!