From Old Dresser to Bench Seat!

by Colleen
6 Materials

Don't throw out that old dresser! Repurpose it!

Dusty, old dresser BEFORE....

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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!

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  • Kathryn Sanderson Kathryn Sanderson on Jun 24, 2017

    How did you remove the top of the dresser? Pry it off? Saw it off?

  • User User on Jul 23, 2017

    Any project ideas for the leftover dresser drawers and top?

  • Diane 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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