DIY

DIY: Dresser Do-Over

Shabby chest of drawer with pillows

Breathe new life into that old dresser that was otherwise destined for the trash or donation pile.

After changing design styles or moving, there’s a good chance the average homeowner has a spare dresser or chest of drawers hiding in the basement. Repurposing such tired pieces can make for an enjoyable weekend DIY project.

With a change of color, removal of drawers or a few minor modifications, dressers can be transformed in many different ways. Here are a few ideas to get started:

· TV/Media Center: Sand and paint or stain the dresser to match the color scheme of your living room or family room. Remove the top row of drawers from the dresser to have cubby space to house electronics, such as cable boxes or DVD players. The remaining drawers can hold movie collections, spare remotes, gaming systems, and much more.

· Serving Bar: Paint the dresser in a fun eye-catching shade and make sure to seal-coat it with a finish that is impervious to moisture. Attach a piece of glass or tiles on top of the dresser to create a water-resistant, strong surface area. Store various serving glasses and barware within the drawers. To complete the look, add a few bottles of your favorite spirits and a decanter on a decorative tray.

· Storage Shelving: Remove the drawers from the dresser and turn it into a storage mecca by using stackable plastic containers or wire baskets in spaces once occupied by the drawers. Keep craft supplies, hats & gloves, dog collars & leashes – think mud room, craft room, laundry room etc.

· Kitchen Island: Small dressers can be repurposed into kitchen islands with a few modifications. Install casters on the feet so it can be moved around when necessary. Place butcher block wood or stone on top so you’ll have a sturdy cutting and prep area. Hooks hung on the side can hold frequently used kitchen utensils.

· Changing Table: Turn an older dresser into a changing table for a new baby. In addition, add a cushioned pad and some decorative trim to serve as a frame that keeps the pad in place. The drawers will keep wipes, diapers, onesies, and other supplies at the ready.

· Trays: Repurpose any leftover unused drawers by adding a fresh coat of paint (we like Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan). The insides can be painted in complimentary colors, decoupaged, or stenciled.

Most importantly, have fun and enjoy your new creation!

Local Resource: Check out Soldier58 in Bordentown, NJ for inspiration, Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan supplies, and workshops!

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