Dresser Bench Upcycle

8 Materials
$50
5 Hours
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This dresser came to me needing some love. I wanted to make her SPECTACULAR and stand out from all the other ordinary dressers. And she had the PERFECT BONES for this transformation.....
She was pretty beat up, but SOLID. I knew I could make her into a great, functional storage bench for an entry way or even, a bedroom, still!
I pulled out the two drawers that were not needed (I'll make those into pet beds!) And removed her top.
Using my JIG saw, I cut the two cross bars that held the drawers to make space for the bench.
Next I cut out the bottom board for the drawer.
Then I removed the back off the dresser and using the two cross boards I just cut off, I added them (one in front and one in back) to raise my bench height to 18 inches. I glued and screwed them in place. By having the back piece in place, it gave me the PERFECT level seat for my reclaimed wood to attach to.
I measured and cut the 3 reclaimed wood boards that would create the bottom of the seat.
I applied glue to the edges and used my nailer to attach them to the cross boards. I then measured and cut the boards for the sides and back and attached them the same way....
One more to go for the back....
Now that the bench portion was done, next I added Reclaimed Wood for the Top and to trim out the top of the bench.
Reattached the backing to the dresser....
Now she was all done and ready for Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paints and Wood Stain.
I used Pure Home Paints in White Linen, Distressed and Matte Protective Finish for the body......
And Pure Home Paints Wood Stain in Teak for the top! All Pure Home Paint Products are 100% Non-Toxic, Made in the USA and BABY Safe!
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  • Carolina
    on Nov 5, 2017

    Wow love how it turned out. Did you change the hardware or did you just paint it?

    • J Elaine Baker
      on Nov 5, 2017

      Looks like handles are the same shape but have been painted with pewter or silver spray paint to go along with the grey seating area.
  • Dl.5660408
    on Nov 5, 2017

    How stunning it is! I actually have 2 questions, did you sand the reclaimed wood pieces? Is that your preference in jig saws(I’m looking to buy one) and is that a shop that you own? Oops, guess that was 3 questions...
    • Jerri
      on Mar 4, 2019

      I am always amazed at the furniture transformations. I often question the project as the photos show the progress. And then the final reveal blows my mind. Beautiful!

  • Holly
    on Mar 3, 2019

    Did you just glue the new top on, or how did you attach the new top?

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  • Sunshine
    on Mar 18, 2019

    Inspired to do it! What a stunning idea!!!! I now have a gorgeous sitting bench WITH storage also!! Thank you. If I could figure out how to send a picture of it, I would.

  • Donald Jason Gonzalez
    on Sep 21, 2019

    I love this Idea. I plan on doing this with an old dresser for my moms new house. I'm mostly concern with it being strong and sturdy. would you recommend any extra supports being added?

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