From Old Dresser to Bench Seat!

Don't throw out that old dresser! Repurpose it!
Dusty, old dresser BEFORE....
Take all the drawers out and keep only the two bottom drawers - a six drawer dresser like this is ideal but not necessary. You could get creative with just about any dresser!
Using a hand saw and/or Skill saw, remove all the drawer framing and backing of the dresser. Then strip and sand off any paint if painted..
Add plywood
Measure 1/4" plywood to fit the back, bench seat and inside sides to fit exactly and glue into place (use clamps as needed).
I used a brad nailer to add a stronger hold, but if you don't have one, you can just use a hammer and small finishing nails.
Add finishing rail
Use 1x3 boards to finish the edging along the plywood.
Next, paint your piece the color of choice and poly or wax to finish
Finishing touches...
Put the 2 bottom drawers in.
Add some throw pillows - and if your super crafty and can sew, you could make a cushioned bench seat!

Suggested materials:

  • 1/4" plywood  (Lowes)
  • 1x3x8 pine boards  (Lowes)
  • Wood glue
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3 questions
  • Kathryn Sanderson
    Kathryn Sanderson
    on Jun 24, 2017

    How did you remove the top of the dresser? Pry it off? Saw it off?
    • Jacqueline Bouvier Mertins
      Jacqueline Bouvier Mertins
      on Aug 23, 2018

      I have used the top of the dresser as the back. Then you don’t have to use plywood. Also the drawer fronts can be used for the bench tops. This way you don’t have to purchase anything and it is truly up cycling.

  • User
    on Jul 23, 2017

    Any project ideas for the leftover dresser drawers and top?
  • Diane
    on Jan 11, 2019

    Where or what did you use for the front under the drawers. The front piece closed to the floor

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  • Linda Abate
    Linda Abate
    on Feb 6, 2018

    A fantastic way to refurbish a tired and well used dresser. Great for a front porch, mud room or even a bedroom. Nice job.
  • Linda Abate
    Linda Abate
    on Aug 9, 2018

    I like the way you turned this dresser into a bench. I definitely can see this in a bedroom at the foot of a bed or in a child's room not only to be used as a bench, but also for storage. Nice job.

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