The Navy Dresser with Textured Drawers

Navy blue-painted furniture is all the rage! It’s a sophisticated color, but it can also be a pop of color in your home. Add embossing to the drawers and you’ve got a navy dresser with textured drawers!

Get more ideas for DIY dresser makeovers here.

serpentine dresser before the makeover

Who else is loving the navy blue rage?! I know I am! And Peacoat from Country Chic Paint is just the perfect blue!

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We found this dresser with quite a few chips on the drawer fronts and wanted to add some texture to help cover up the imperfections.

Supplies Used for the Navy Dresser with Textured Drawers

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Prepping Dresser for Paint

As always, I started by prepping the piece (learn how to prep furniture for paint properly here) and filling the hardware holes, all of the dings, scratches, and hardware holes.

Then I drilled new holes for the new knobs. Here’s more about how to change hardware on a dresser.

Embossing Dresser Drawers

I grabbed a large stencil that would cover the height of each of the drawers and mixed up a batch of texture powder with Dark Roast paint. This was about a one-to-one ratio.

I laid the stencil down and used a flat-edged tool (an old credit card would work great too!) to spread the texture powder all over the stencil.

I made sure to use pressure and gently scrape the texture powder off for a thin even layer.

Painting Dresser Navy Blue

After all the texture was dry I painted on a few coats of Peacoat paint with my new found favorite paint applicator, the painting sponge! Check out the best blue chalk paint for furniture here.

If you’re like me and hate brush marks on your pieces, and you’re not able to spray with a paint sprayer, this is the way to go! Check out more tips on how to paint furniture without brush marks here.

Or if you want to use a sprayer, check out this dresser that was sprayed with Peacoat in this painting furniture navy blue makeover! Get more navy painted furniture ideas here.

The painting sponge makes the paint go on in thin layers, which is better for adhesion and creates a brush-free finish.

It definitely takes a few more coats than a brush, but it’s so worth it to get a brush-free finish!

For the finishing touch, I distressed the edges of the dresser and the texture on the drawer with sandpaper and then sealed everything with a few coats of poly.

Learn ALL of my tips and tricks on how to spray polyurethane here!

Navy Blue Dresser With Embossed Drawers
Navy blue dresser with embossed drawers and gold knobs

More Before And After Makeovers

Click any of these “before” photos below to view the “after” of that makeover.

side angle of navy blue dresser with embossed drawers

I’m in love with this transformation and can’t wait to bust out the texture powder again soon! If you haven’t tried texture powder or the painting sponge I highly recommend both!

The texture powder completely transforms a piece and helps hide imperfections and the painting sponge does an amazing job at creating a professional finish!

The Navy Dresser with Textured Drawers

The Navy Dresser with Textured Drawers

Add a pop of color to your home by painting your furniture navy and embossing. Here are the steps for this navy dresser with textured drawers.


  1. Prep the dresser for paint, remove hardware and fill in the hardware holes, and all of the dings and scratches. Then drill new holes for new hardware.
  2. To emboss the dresser drawers, start by mixing up a batch of paint and texture powder with one-to-one ratio. Lay the stencil down and use a flat-edged tool to spread the texture powder all over.
  3. Once the texture is dry, apply a few coats of navy paint to the whole dresser.
  4. Distress the edges of the dresser and the texture on the drawerS with sandpaper.
  5. Then seal everything with a few coats of polyurethane.
  6. Attach new hardware!

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dresser before and after painted navy blue and drawers embossed
Serpentine dresser makeover before the makeover


  1. Anne Marie Deaville’s says:

    Hi, I love your amazing textured furniture. Where do I find a painting sponge and embossing powder?

    1. Hey! Check the post up above for links to the sponge and powder 🙂 Best of luck!

  2. This one sold a while ago. Sorry

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