Moroccan Dresser with International Flair

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A furniture piece with international flair like this Moroccan dresser adds worldly charm to any space.  Even if you’ve never been to Morocco (neither have I), it adds that colorful pop of texture and pattern that every room needs.

I got this very sturdy solid wood dresser off Facebook Marketplace for $25.  I originally wanted to use a Moroccan tile decoupage paper, but when I realized I didn’t have it on hand I went to Plan B, a stencil.

moroccan dresser before

Before I jump into all the details, here are the supplies I used.

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Rustic Red with Collard Greens

Doesn’t this finish look authentically aged?  With an old-world look like this, you don’t want it to look freshly painted.  It’s so simple to do too!

First, paint 2 coats of the base color, Rustic Red.  Then, dry brush the edges with Collard Greens.  Dry brushing means you dip your brush in paint, wipe off most of the paint on a paper towel, and lightly brush onto your furniture.

moroccan dresser taller

Morocco Stencil

For the stencil you see on the top 2 drawers, I wanted it to look like colorful tiles.  I chose a variety of bright Mediterranean colors and used small artist brushes to paint each section.  Once I established a color pattern, I tried to keep it consistent all the way across.  

I demonstrated this technique on this video.  Don’t be dense like me and place your stencil vertical when it obviously fits better horizontally!  A few viewers of the video were kind enough to set me straight before I got too far.

Once it was thoroughly dry, I added 2 coats of Copper Bronze glaze to just those top drawers. It adds a subtle sheen and sparkle with the light.

moroccan dresser closeup

Colonial Black Gel Stain

For the top, I went right over the existing brown stain with No Pain Gel Stain in Colonial Black.  I apply it thinly with the applicator pad, so it comes out looking very dark brown versus black.

Plus it has some streaking similar to wood grain.  I almost always seal my tops with Clear Coat satin.  I hadn’t done that yet in this picture, but I will do it before it’s sold.

moroccan dresser top

Amber Gemstone Mousse

Don’t let the “amber” name fool you, this is a beautiful shiny copper.  Also, if you haven’t tried the mousse, you totally need to. I love this stuff!  It’s easy to use, water-based (not stinky), and so bright and brilliant.  It makes my heart happy.

I not only painted the hardware with the Amber, but I also accented the corners of the drawers.  It pulled the piece together and tied the bottom drawers in with the top drawers.  Sometimes those little choices make all the difference.

moroccan dresser wider

Lastly, I sealed the frame and bottom 2 drawers with Clear Coat flat.  

Here’s one last look at the before and after of this Moroccan dresser.  Please Pin!

moroccan dresser pin

If you enjoyed this project, be sure to grab your supplies, and give it a try yourself.  If you need more inspiration, check out these other colorful projects.

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6 thoughts on “Moroccan Dresser with International Flair”

  1. Great transformation! Never heard of the mousse, sounds like something I’ll have to try. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. Pinned! xo Kathleen

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Kathleen! Yes, you should try the mousse! Shannon

  2. Chris Ann says:

    Wow this turned out great!! Thanks for sharing all your steps 🙂

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Chris Ann! I appreciate your positive vibes! xo, Shannon

  3. Julie says:

    I have a dresser that needs some work. I will have to try this out.

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Julie! I hope you have fun and enjoy the end result! xo, Shannon

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