DIY Dresser Re-Do

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One of the benefits to becoming a skilled do-it-yourselfer is the chance to embrace projects that can breathe new life into objects others might designate for the curb or donation pile. Renovating worn out or outdated furniture saves you a shopping trip (or two) and injects marvelous creativity and one-of-a-kind design into your living space.

After upgrading design styles or moving to a new home, there is a good chance you have a spare dresser or chest of drawers that is no longer up to snuff. Time to repurpose! Put on your painting clothes and set a few hours of the weekend aside to revamp your unwanted piece into a standout item. With a change of color, removal of drawers or a few minor modifications, dressers can be transformed in a number of ways. Here are a few ideas to get started.

Storage Shelving

Who doesn’t need more storage? Remove the drawers from the dresser and turn it into a storage mecca by using stackable plastic containers in spaces once occupied by the drawers. Keep craft supplies, collectibles or anything else you can think of inside.

Television Stand

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 to have cubby space to house electronics, such as cable boxes or DVD players. The remaining drawers can hold movie collections, spare remote controls, gaming systems and whatever fits your home entertainment needs.

Serving Bar

Paint the dresser in an eye-catching shade and make sure to seal-coat it with a finish that is impervious to moisture. If time or budget allows, 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 cocktail accouterments within the drawers. Place a few bottles of your favorite spirits and a decanter on a decorative tray.

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 or preparation surface 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 for your new little one.


Remove the top drawers from the dresser. Then, remove the top of the dresser. Add a piece of plywood to make a seat. Paint the entire piece or stain it as desired. Fashion a cushion for the seat, and the bench is ready for an entryway or wherever you have space.



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