I have seen so many of mirrored dressers in the stores, but with many of them, the price is always an issue. Believe it or not, you can create one all on your own if you’d like to save some money or have the time. As high-quality pre-made mirrored lingerie dressers can range in the hundreds of dollars without even adding additional shipping costs, you can save yourself a ton of money and follow this easy tutorial.
Here is a summary image of the project. All thanks go out to the project creator, Tamara, on Instructables.com. The finished lingerie chest is simply divine!
- Spray paint
- Spray primer
- 000 steel wool
- Mirrors cut to size
- Gunther mastic
- Drawer pulls
- 1” rounded mirrors (optional)
- ¾” acrylic gems (optional)
- Hot glue (optional)
Step 1: Find The Lingerie Dresser
You can find a lingerie dresser just about anywhere. If you want new, try Ikea. They have a vast selection of beautiful chests at low prices. If you have an old one laying around, it might take a little more elbow grease to prepare it for mirroring. You can also try second-hand shops or find one on a local classifieds website.
Step 2: Prepare The Furniture Piece
In this step, you’ll be sanding, masking and priming the lingerie dresser. First, sand any surface that you will paint. If you’re in a hurry, use an oscillating sander. If you use this, use it with 150 grit sandpaper the first time and 220 grit the second time and then mask any area you don’t want to be painted. Next, prime the dresser with your choice of paint. For mirrored chests, metallic paint looks nice. Follow the instructions on the primer and when it’s dry, move on to the color.
Step 3: Paint
The metallic paint look on this type of mirror underwear dresser is beautiful. To make it look right, however, test a piece of scrap wood first to get a feel for how it goes on. You should spray the can 10” to 16” away from the dresser. Put however as many coats as it takes for it to get the look you want. After three layers, it’s probably going to cure in 24 hours, maybe more. If you find that there are imperfections, rough them up with 000 steel wool and repaint.
Step 4: Add The Mirrors
You can use two types of mirrors here. Either use acrylic, which is cheaper and less shiny, or you use more expensive options that are more sparkly. Measure the parts of the dresser where you want the mirrors and order them up from your local glass shop. If you’re skilled and have the right parts, you can cut them yourself. A suggestion if I may order your pieces ⅛” from the width and height smaller than the actual dimensions. This will prevent the edges from scraping together.
Next, attach the mirrors with Gunther mastic. Apply dollops around the size of a quarter at least 3” away from the mirror edges. Place the mirrors and add spacers if necessary and weigh it down while the mastic cures.
Step 5: Knobs & Decoration
Once the mirrors are applied and dry, it’s time to add the knobs. Those fancy glass knobs can cost an arm and a leg. However, you can create your own for a fraction of the cost. All you need are knobs of your choice, some glue and acrylic gems.
And that’s all it takes to create your own mirrored lingerie dresser!