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How to Make an Old Dresser Into Media Cabinet or Buffet

I spotted this old dresser with a missing drawer covered with junk in a thrift shop. What if I took that drawer guide out , and called it a media cabinet or buffet instead? Why not? Even I can do that!
After getting it home I cleaned it up and sanded the top. I was pleased to find it high quality Drexel and sturdy with the exception of the missing drawer.
Removed the drawer guide and cut a board to fit in the missing drawer space. Found some old trim and added it to finish the edge.
After covering the stained top, primed it all over.
Applied a base coat of a light blue all over too.
After the base coat dried, used two other colors to blend into the paint to add depth to the finish. I worked in small areas so I could blend the paint before it dried.
Painted the trim gold around the base of the cabinet as well around the doors.
Painted the door insets gold too.
Stained the top with General Finishes Java Gel
Added semi gloss Poly topcoat over the Java stain and Satin Poly to the rest of the cabinet
Drilled holes in the drawers and added new knobs. Reassembled the cabinet hinges, and hardware. Makes a nice new buffet!
Or if you'd rather, a great media cabinet with plenty of storage.
What would you prefer?

Materials I used for this project:

  • General Finishes Java Gel Stain   (Woodcraft)
  • Modern Masters Gold Paint   (Benjamin Moore)
  • Sherwin Williams Pro Classic   (Sherwin Williams)

Before You Try This Project...

  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Jul 20, 2016

    OOOH! Its gorgeous! Love the color! The gold highlights the details. Superb Job!

    • William
      William Burbank, IL
      on Jul 21, 2016

      I'm currently working on three projects right now. I'll be posting in soon. Thanks.

  • Dawn Pren
    Dawn Pren Kalamazoo, MI
    on Jul 20, 2016

    Nice buffet. Very beautiful

  • Trixie63
    Trixie63 Waverly, OH
    on Jul 21, 2016

    That is marvelous. I wouldn't have thought gold but it's perfect.

    • Pamela Field
      Pamela Field Tulsa, OK
      on Jul 21, 2016

      well, you know, I wasn't sure what to do with the door details? But it seemed to work out.

  • Mary Bergman
    Mary Bergman Brunswick, OH
    on Jul 21, 2016

    I so enjoy your art! Each is more fabulous. Can't wait for the next..tho I have been looking for possibilities...

  • Leida R
    Leida R Tampa, FL
    on Jul 21, 2016

    Oh, this is gorgeous. What a great job you did.

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