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9 Gray and White Painted Dresser Ideas

Are you looking for gray and white dresser ideas? This classic color combination is a surefire way to add style to any room, and the timeless shades of gray and white work well with many different design styles. Whether you want a farmhouse look, modern vintage, or something completely different, a gray and white dresser is a great way to change up your space and give it a fresh new look.

Here are some gray and white painted dresser ideas to give you some inspiration for your next project.

Gray and white painted dresser drawer

Gray and White Dresser Ideas to Inspire You

Take a look at these gray and white dresser ideas and see what stands out to you!

1. Updated Antique

Repurposing old furniture with a fresh coat of paint is a great way to bring new life to old, worn-out pieces. This vintage gray and white dresser is the perfect example of how something as simple as paint can create a whole new look.

The soft gray paint gives this old dresser a modern makeover with a lovely and timeless shade. The handles also got an upgrade with a fresh coat of white paint.

Replacing hardware is always an option, but keeping the hardware is a good way to preserve more of the original look. By simply changing the color, old hardware looks fresh and new.

2. Paint a Design

Adding a design is a unique way to add personalized style to your gray and white painted dresser. This particular dresser is made with an inlay technique, but you could achieve a similar look using paint.

If you have the skills, you could freehand a beautiful design using a pencil. Once you’re satisfied with how it looks, use paint and small brushes to finish the project.

You can still achieve this look if you don’t want to draw your own design! Reusable stencils make pulling off a professional look easy, with no artistic skills required.

3. Gray with White Hardware

You can’t go wrong with a neutral gray dresser for a simple and sophisticated look. A classic, medium shade of gray provides the perfect neutral backdrop for decorating. The neutral shade is easy to incorporate into virtually any design style.

grey and white painted dresser

The white hardware on this dresser adds interest and brightens up the whole look. With such a classic and simple design, this dresser would look great just about anywhere.

4. Two-Toned Painted Dresser

Here’s another antique dresser with an updated, modern look. This gray and white dresser uses both colors to create a modern two-toned look. The white handles preserve the antique look, while the two-toned color scheme gives it some modern flair.

The white areas of the dresser have been lightly distressed, especially on the edges. This adds a bit more interest and gives the piece an authentic look.

5. Gray and White Stripes

Repainting furniture is a great way to update your child’s bedroom as they grow. It’s much cheaper than buying all new furniture, and it gives your kids a chance to express their personality by giving input about what they’d like to have in their room.

This gray and white striped dresser was updated for a child’s bedroom. The new design keeps the previous nautical theme but in a much more sophisticated way.

To create a striped look yourself, use painter’s tape, a ruler or measuring tape, and a level to create straight, even lines. Paint the base color first and let it dry fully. Next, add your tape to paint the stripes on top. Remove the tape before the paint is fully dry to keep the paint from peeling.

6. Distressed

Distressing is a trend that has been around for a while, and I don’t think it’s going anywhere soon! This distressed gray and white dresser is mostly gray, with hints of white peeking through.

grey and white distressed dresser

You can easily achieve a distressed look yourself by using two different paint colors. Paint the first color on the dresser and then let it dry. Next, choose a second color to paint over the first. After painting both colors and allowing them to dry, lightly sand the top color to reveal the color underneath. You can sand as much or as little as you like to get the perfect custom look.

7. Modern Vintage

It’s amazing what some fresh paint and new hardware can do. Before repainting, this vintage dresser looked old, worn out, and just plain shabby. The piece has a whole new life with some bright paint and attractive hardware.

The light gray and white shades of this dresser are bright and cheery. A bit of distressing preserves the vintage look and gives the piece authenticity. Distressing is a great technique to transform a piece from shabby to shabby chic.

8. Layered Gray

This distressed gray and white dresser is actually just multiple shades of gray, but the top shade is so light it looks white.

Distressing is a simple technique that can be used in many different ways. Light distressing adds a bit of a vintage feel, while heavy distressing creates a totally different look.

The nice thing about distressing is it doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, it’s the ideal technique to give new life to a damaged or severely scratched-up dresser.

9. Repurposed Dresser

When it comes to repurposed furniture, sometimes you have to think a little outside the box. This repurposed dresser is really a cabinet, but it can be used just like a regular dresser.

Grey and white modern minimalistic dresser

The bright white doors look fresh and clean, while the gray top hides dust and provides the perfect neutral base for decorating on top.

A piece like this would work well in a bedroom, living room, or anywhere else you need some attractive storage.

Wrapping up Gray and White Dresser Ideas

Wow, isn’t it amazing how many ways you can paint an old dresser? Seeing an old piece transform into something beautiful and new is always exciting. Which gray and white dresser did you like best?

To learn how to paint your own furniture, don’t miss the painting furniture section on the blog. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crafter, there are articles filled with tips, tricks, and ideas to help you with your next project.

Denorah Burk

Sunday 24th of May 2020

Its beautiful! Your finishes always are:) The hardware doesn’t go for some reason, maybe too brassy for that colour scheme?

Thea Osborne

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

Hi Denorah! I may be inclined to agree in a different situation. However the owner of this piece has several bold pops of that gold tone in the space this will go it, so this was an intentional effort especially given that they will tone down over time. :)

Shirley Lange

Monday 18th of May 2020

So pretty. The colors you chose are perfect for this piece, also. When my youngest daughter was about nine years old we found a dresser that was something like this one, she loved it. I painted it white and she had it until she got married. Pieces like that are hard to let go of. Thankfully, you gave this dresser a beautiful new lease on life.

Thea Osborne

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment Shirley! I appreciate you!


Saturday 9th of May 2020

I've been reading and watching and learning from you forever but don't think I've ever commented to let you know how much I love your work and admire your skill. Thank you for sharing your talent and tutorials with the world. This piece is absolutely amazing! You brought out all that gorgeous detailing without going overboard and detracting from the natural beauty of the piece. you've done it justice!

Thea Osborne

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

No worries! It likely took me just as long to reply to your comment! (I apologize and also completely understand! ha!) Thank you so so much for taking the time to respond. <3


Monday 4th of May 2020

Nice work! Where do you purchase your Rad Pads?

Thea Osborne

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

Hi Terry! So very sorry for my delay in responding!! I get all my sanding products over at Surfprep! You can find them here (aflink)


Sunday 3rd of May 2020

It turned out beautiful! The gray and white paint is perfect! The hardware did adorn it like jewelry! Wow, wow, wow...

Thea Osborne

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

You are so kind!! Thank you!! <3