Create This Stunning & Affordable Bar For Your Dining Room

8 Materials
3 Days

I had this old dresser and I used two of the drawers for another project so I was left with a dresser with one drawer. I'm always up for an up-cycle project so I decided to turn it into a bar.

Step 1: Remove the drawers

The dresser originally had three large, bottom drawers but I only had one left.

I also removed the top drawers and the decorative back piece.

Step 2: Add Legs 

This dresser needed to be taller so I wanted to add legs to the bottom. I began by laying the dresser on it's back.

A - I measured the width of the leg top plate

B - I cut a 1" pine board into four squares using the measurements I had taken. I then found the middle.

C - I placed the leg top plate in the center of the board

D - And screwed it into place

E - I screwed the board with the leg top plate onto the bottom of the dresser

F - And attached the legs

Step 3: Remove drawer runners

I removed the drawer runners from the inside of the dresser for the drawers that no longer existed. I also removed the molding from the front of the dresser.

Step 4: Finish inside back

I sanded and stained the inside back of the dresser

Step 5: Add shelf

I wanted to add a shelf to the inside

A - I measured the inside width and length

B - I cut a piece of 1/4" plywood to length

C - I painted the shelf

D - I then measured the inside corner

E - And cut the corner out of the plywood

F - I nailed the board to the inside of the dresser

Step 6: Fill Holes

There was some damage to the dresser so I filled any holes with wood putty.

Step 7: Sand

I sanded the entire dresser then I used a tack cloth to remove all the dust then wiped clean with a damp cloth.

Step 8: Paint

I painted one coat of paint. Once the first coat is dry, I lightly sanded using fine grit paper, then added another coat of paint.

I used Valspar Chalk Paint in "Her Delicates"

Step 9: Sides & Drawers

A - I sanded the drawer fronts

B - Taped off the raised wood and painted the drawers. Once the paint was dry, I stained the raised wood using Minwax "Early American"

C - I taped off the recessed panels on the sides of the dresser and painted

D - Once the paint was dry, I removed the tape and stained.

E - Once the entire dresser and drawers were dry, I waxed all of the pieces using Valspar Sealing Wax.

Step 10: Reattach Removed Pieces

I reattached the molding that was removed and the drawers on the top of the dresser.

I placed the bottom drawer back into it's space.

And here she is!! I added a wine rack to the shelf (which I made and painted to match).

No one believes that this was once an old dresser.

This video file cannot be played.(Error Code: 102630)
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

15 Kitchen Updates Under $20
30 Reasons We Can’t Stop Buying Michaels Storage Crates
21 Totally Terrific Things You Can Do With Doilies
30 Brilliant Things You Can Make From Cheap Thrift Store Finds!
16 Creative Ways To Upcycle Pallets
11 Unexpected Ways to Use Spices in Your Home
22 Ideas To Make Your Terra Cotta Pots Look Oh-So-Pretty
31 Space Saving Storage Ideas That'll Keep Your Home Organized
17 DIY-Inspiring Kitchen Backsplashes
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
17 Faux Brick Ideas For Your Home
31 Coastal Decor Ideas Perfect For Your Home
Creative Parents Share These Brilliant Kids' Project Ideas
16 Creative Ways To Upcycle Pallets
31 Coastal Decor Ideas Perfect For Your Home

Have a question about this project?

1 question

Join the conversation

2 of 28 comments
Your comment...