Create This Stunning & Affordable Bar For Your Dining Room

Alicia W
by Alicia W
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.

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