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How to Make an Old Dresser Into Media Cabinet or Buffet

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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!
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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.
  • how to make an old dresser into media cabinet or buffet, how to, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
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.
  • how to make an old dresser into media cabinet or buffet, how to, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
After covering the stained top, primed it all over.
  • how to make an old dresser into media cabinet or buffet, how to, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Applied a base coat of a light blue all over too.
  • how to make an old dresser into media cabinet or buffet, how to, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
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.
  • how to make an old dresser into media cabinet or buffet, how to, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Painted the trim gold around the base of the cabinet as well around the doors.
  • how to make an old dresser into media cabinet or buffet, how to, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Painted the door insets gold too.
  • how to make an old dresser into media cabinet or buffet, how to, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Stained the top with General Finishes Java Gel
  • how to make an old dresser into media cabinet or buffet, how to, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Added semi gloss Poly topcoat over the Java stain and Satin Poly to the rest of the cabinet
  • how to make an old dresser into media cabinet or buffet, how to, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Drilled holes in the drawers and added new knobs. Reassembled the cabinet hinges, and hardware. Makes a nice new buffet!
  • how to make an old dresser into media cabinet or buffet, how to, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Or if you'd rather, a great media cabinet with plenty of storage.
  • how to make an old dresser into media cabinet or buffet, how to, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
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)
  • Jill Dermer
    Jill Dermer San Antonio, TX

    Awesome! I like be it for both uses. Excellent job!

  • Brodrick Nadia

    I love what you've done! The result is just breathtaking! Bravo!
    J'adore!

  • Nancy B
    Nancy B Roseville, CA

    I love the color choices. I especially like the gold trim around the table top.

  • Trish Davenport
    Trish Davenport Edgewater, FL

    Stunning outcome.

  • Annette Campbell

    I keep coming back to this project you have made a stunning job of. I have found a lovely old dresser to try and copy yours, hope you dont mind. Just wondering if you have used chalk paint and what you think of it?

    • Pamela Field
      Pamela Field Tulsa, OK

      Thank you so much, Annette! I'm so flattered!
      Yes, I've used chalk paint many times, and started out painting furniture with chalk paint.
      I still enjoy it and use it often. It depends upon the look I'm going for. I think if you click on my

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