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Blue Ombre Whale Dresser

This Blue Ombre Whale Dresser is the furniture piece that pops. Learn how to paint a dresser for your child's room with this adorable and easy-to-follow tutorial. Many little children dream of the sea and adventuring on grand ships. Give your child the stuff dreams are made of with this shipshape painted dresser idea. Complete with a friendly whale and a blue ombre color scheme, this piece will give his or her room some fun and soothing colors to enjoy.

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Blue Ombre Whale Dresser


Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint

  • Escape (ADC20)
  • Everlasting (ADC01)
  • Legacy (ADC21)
  • Serene (ADC18)
  • Treasure (ADC19)

Americana® Decor™ Varnishes

  • Soft-Touch Varnish (ADM03)

Other supplies

  • Water container
  • Palette or plastic plate
  • Pencil
  • 3/4" flat brush
  • #8 round brush
  • Paper
  • Sponge
  • Drinking glass
  • Clean cloth
  • 3" flat brush
  • 2" wide painter's tape
  • Child's wooden dresser
  • Pattern 1
  • Pattern 2


Let paint dry between steps.

  1.  Remove the drawers from the dresser and wipe clean, making sure everything is clear of dust, dirt, and debris.
  2. Using a 3" flat brush, paint the drawers with two coats of each color, from the top lightest to darkest: Serene, Escape, Treasure, and Legacy.

  3. Using a 2" wide painter's brush, paint the dresser with two coats of Everlasting and the "legs" in Legacy.

  4. Trace and cut out the whale and water spouting pattern to desired size (fit the drawers)
  5. Use the bottom of the whale to create your wave stencil. Trace and repeat wavy pattern on to 2" painters tape the width of the drawer. Place and adhere your wavy tape pattern to bottom drawer (the one painted in Legacy - the darkest blue) and use a sponge to swiftly dab on 2 coats of Everlasting. Immediately remove the tape slowly. This will ensure crisper lines.
  6. Place whale/water spouting pattern on drawer and trace using a pencil. Using a #8 round brush outline the whale and water spouting in Everlasting. Fill in using a 3/4 flat brush.
  7. Using 3" flat brush seal dresser with 2 coats of Soft Touch Varnish. (or varnish of your choice - Ultra Matte or Satin)



  • When using a sea sponge to stencil on waves, dab off excess paint by blotting on paper towel or paper plate before dabbing on your surface.

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