Repurposing: Dress Up your Dresser

By / Food / November 5th, 2013 / 2

The dresser is one piece of furniture with loads of potential. Next time you find yourself with an extra one – even if it’s because you found it at a garage sale – try one of these DIY repurposing projects.

Freshen Up

Freshen up the look by sanding it down and repainting. Distressing, staining or texturing will give it a bit of edge. For a more open concept look, remove all the drawers and use baskets instead.

Be a little Vain

You can never have enough bathroom storage nor mirrors in a home. Repaint your dresser, add a ceramic or tile countertop and push it against the wall with a matching antique mirror to create a secondary vanity.

No Man is an Island

But a dresser can be. All it needs is a fresh coat of paint, an easy-to-clean coating on the top and a paper towel holder on the side. Then you too could have a brand new island for your kitchen.

Take a Seat

Remove the legs of your dresser, sand down the bottom and adhere floor protectors to the corners. Then flip it back over and cover with pillows. Presto boom – a snazzy new bench complete with storage.

A Quiet Place to Work

Longer, low dressers can be converted into chic desks. Remove the wider drawers and their framework, then sand and slap on a fresh coat of paint. Use the narrower drawers for storage.

Enjoy the Show

Remove the back paneling and the top row of drawers for a unique (and affordable) entertainment unit. DVD players, gaming consoles and surround sound units fit well and wires are hidden behind the unit.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A freelance writer and editor, Lisa Hoekstra loves learning and trying new things. She can be found with her nose in a book or multiple tabs open on her browser as she researches the latest and greatest in the world of food, style and everything in between.

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