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I thought I would make a simple Mother’s Day gift with the things my mom loves the most – her kids and her grandkids.  I turned a simple mini wood dresser into a custom work of art with custom pulls and a little spray painted color blocking on the drawer fronts.  This gift is easy to make and what mother can’t find little trinkets to put inside the drawers?  Think of the joy it will bring to see the knobs turned into pictures of her loves!

color blocking mini dresser


Mini 3 Drawer Wood Dresser

Rust-Oleum stain in Kona

Tim Holtz Custom Knobs

3 new screws (#4 3/8” screw)


Drill/drill bit

Krylon Spray Paint – I used Coral Isle, Catalina Mist and Island Splash

Krylon Spray Primer

Painter’s Tape

old t-shirt for staining

pre-wood conditioner

1” hole punch

Mod Podge

paint brush

white cardstock

color printer



1.  Start by lightly tapping, with a hammer, the knobs that came on the dresser.  Tap from the top and the bottom in order to get a clean break in the glue.

wood mini dresser mini wood dresser drawers

2.  Give your dresser a coat of pre-wood  onditioner (buy it all your local home store) since it is made from pine.  Pine is a soft wood and won’t take stain evenly without it.  Let it sit for 5 minutes and wipe clean.  I used old t-shirt scraps to rub the stain on.

3. Give your dresser a coat of Kona stain. Tape off drawers for a nice clean line. Let it sit for 5 minutes and wipe clean.  Let dry for 8 hours.

mothers day dresser

4.  I was going to leave the dresser like this but it looked too plain so I decided to jazz it up a little with some color blocking.  So I gave the three drawers a coat of primer.

mothers day mini dresser

5.  Once dry I used the painter’s tape to tape off the dresser into a random color blocking pattern.  Once dry I re-taped a new section and sprayed again.  Repeat until you have a pattern you like.

painting a mothers day mini dreser

mini wood dresser painted

6.  While the dresser is drying upload the children’s pictures to PicMonkey to cut them out in a circle.  First crop your picture into a square.  Then under frames click on shape cutouts.  Select the circle.  Then save your picture.  Make sure you do this for three images.

circle images

7.  Bring your 3 pictures into any Word processing program and size them to 1.1”.  Print in color onto white cardstock.

circle images of kids

8.  Next we will be tweaking the Tim Holtz Custom Knobs.  Using a 1” hole punch cut out your circle images of your kiddos.

custom drawer pulls

custom drawer pulls

mothers day dresser with custom pulls

9.  Using a paint brush, smear Mod Podge onto the back of your cardstock circles and glue them inside the custom pulls.  Let dry.  Then pop the bubble that comes with the pulls on top.

mothers day mini color blocked dresser

colorblocked mini dresser

color blocked dresser with custom pulls

custom drawer pulls for mini dresser

10.  Drill holes in your drawers using 1/4” bit.  Add the custom pulls with your new screws.

mini wood dresser painted

I got my screws from a local hardware store.  This is the bin I grabbed them from.  Screw them in place.


I didn’t even realize until after, that I matched the colors of the drawers to what we were wearing in the pictures.  It just goes to show which colors I am obsessed with lately. {giggle}

mini wood dresser color blocked

This is a perfect gift for my mom for Mother’s Day because she is always looking for places to store stuff. This would be great on a desk with extra staples, paper clips, blinder clips, erasers, etc.  Or on a nightstand with chapstick, extra kleenex, hair ties, lotion, etc.  I am sure I don’t need to give you ideas of what to store in it.  The point is you have a custom sweet gift with photos of the people your mom loves the most.

mothers day personalized gift

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the amazing women out there!

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