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French Provincial Dresser Re-purpose

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I had a dresser that wasn't reparable for dresser use. I wanted to do something with it because it still had good wood structure and the style is very unique.
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Here is what I started with.
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Horrible water damage to it's top and sides.
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Horrible particle board top. This dresser was both real wood and particle board.
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Lining the decorative backing was very difficult but i managed. I had to build wood sides to attach the backing to because it was all hollow.
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I wanted to do a re-purpose from a dresser to a bench for a long time and waited for the right one to convert and this one was the one. I'm sorry I didn't get many pictures as to the support system I built but it's very standard. I had actually built two layers of weight support throughout the side framing. I needed the two front sides and decided to cut out the drawers and made a curved look.
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Sanded the drawers for a nice smooth clean look and that new wood smell.
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I didn't have one large piece for the top arm rest but I decided to draw cut and create my own.
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My jigsaw works very well and was able to give it a clean straight cut.
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Here is my cut before a light sanding.
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I originally wasn't going to bother with cushions but I couldn't help myself.
Measuring and cutting the foam :)
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Bottom cushions sized and cut.
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I also made 3 throw pillows as well.
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A complete Transformation. I'm no professional in wood working but, I must say, I think I did good with this one. I have a small house, a small place to work and a small amount of tools, no pretty background & setup for pictures but I always just do my best with what I have. Always growing my knowledge for wood working. I'm sorry I didn't get many follow along pictures for this one, i tend to forget because I get so deep in to my work! I will be sharing more projects and taking more pictures throughout the process. Thanks for looking :)
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I was originally going to paint the drawers along with the frame but the wood was entirely to nice and went with a partial stain & paint.
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I made Removable/Washer safe Envelope Cushion Covers. Very easy to clean and they are very durable.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Re-purpose
  • Bench
  • Cushions
  • Mumandp
    Mumandp Canada

    OMG!!!! This is the most exquisite Bench Creation I have ever seen!!
    I now have a new obsession, to find an amazing set of draws like the sad looking wreck You began with and try to recreate something as stunning!!
    SO INSPIRED!! You have Me all

  • Nena Regalado
    Nena Regalado Roswell, NM

    Beautiful!!! You did an awesome job,I will definitely try this😉

  • Maggie Gaffney Hall

    Amazing!! UK

  • Christine Williams

    Amazing!!! What talent!!! Thank you for the inspiration!! I've been wanting to repurpose a piece of furniture but was afraid to mess it up. Now success or failure I'm going to try it. (something much smaller of course )

  • Patricia Hall
    Patricia Hall Seattle, WA

    You did something completely out of the box. Kudos.

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