Dresser Makeover With Shutters

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I had this old dresser sitting in my garage for years. I could not get rid of it because it was my husband's grandfather's dresser, and it was sentimental to him. I decided that I had to do something amazing to the dresser and use it in my home so that I could have more room in my garage.
I removed the drawers and gave the dresser a good cleaning. I had seen a beautiful dresser with shutters at my favorite furniture and home decor store but the dresser was out of my price range.
I saw some old thrifted shutters that I had in my garage and I thought that I might could add the shutters to the front of the dresser. I held them up and they fit in height perfectly but they were not quite wide enough.
I measured and cut two boards to add to the side of the dresser. I nailed the boards onto the front of the dresser so that my shutters would fit correctly.


I primed the dresser and the shutters with two coats of primer. After the paint dried overnight, I painted the dresser and shutters with two coats of my taupe/gray color.
I wanted this piece to be a light color instead of dark and weathered color. Plus, the picture of my dream cabinet with shutter doors is light colored so I went with a white wash over my paint and I LOVE it!  You can view the white wash paint technique .
I reattached the doors and the shelves inside are a perfect place to store my table linens and my plate chargers. I think that this dresser looks just like the one I wanted from the high-end furniture store.

Suggested materials:

  • Primer and Paint
  • Two pieces of wood

Sherry@Savvy Apron
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  • Bevy Bevy on Apr 26, 2020

    Hi Sherry! Do you think it was by chance the height of the shutters fit perfectly? Or maybe lots of shutter doors are the height you needed. Anyway adding those 2 pieces on each side was awesome idea! Pics don't show enough wood on the dresser to nail the boards to? When the drawers were removed, we would see there was ample size of wood to nail boards to. Wondered if glue could be used instead. I have old oak sideboard - bottom piece only that does not have the bottom 2 swinging doors. The lady that gave it to me had made 2 small curtains from muslin cloth which she gathered tighton onto tiny rods. I may remove bottom drawer if I find the size like you used. I am wondering how it would look with 2 small shutter doors?

    OH! Got to start measuring to see if that is possible with my sideboard! Thanks for helping me start a new project! Your piece turned out great! Bev.

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  • Tinkerbellabell Tinkerbellabell on Oct 07, 2020

    Your dresser is beautiful. I have some shutters that the Habitat Store in Hot Springs gave me one day when I was looking at them.I was thrilled to get them but still have nitbdobecanythingvwithnthem. Today I was at my sisters and noticed a hutch in her back room. I asked her about it and she told me it was yours you gabpve it to me and you can have it back if you want it. I telling her yea and my husband was saying no. Tomorrow I’m going to show him your beautiful art work and ask him if he will(Eli me with it. Thanks for the idea. yours turned out gorgeous. I know you are proud of it. janice

  • Sherry@Savvy Apron Sherry@Savvy Apron on Oct 08, 2020

    Thank you so much!

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