Searching for older dresser makeover ideas

I have this great older style wooden dresser that i love but as you can see (in photos) needs a bit of T.L.C any ideas what i can do to upgrade or make it more better this is and will be one of my 1st d.i.y crafts how ever im pretty good at stuff. Keep in mind i do not want to paint it as the wood its self is very nice to me and im already replaceing the handles and i have added a second rod ( from broken a chair that seemed to fit inside the door but as you can see does not work well with the hangers) also keep in mind i use the closets storage space more for my daughters stuff seeing as she does not have a closet in her room. Please i need help and ideas! Thanks in advance and thank you for this website i read daily on the d.i.y that comes to my inbox. Happy crafting
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The bottem you can see the depth
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This is the whole thing
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Excuse the mess but the closets the bottem part is where i attempted to add the broken chair legs
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The bottom of the closet door note the pretty wood work
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One of the broken dressers draws handles
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The inside closet door where its suppose to keep it closed any ideas ofhow to repair these would be a nice too or what i can do to make it shut with out slamming it ( reminds me of closing a older car door lol 😁)
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  • Marianne Fraska Marianne Fraska on Oct 22, 2017
    Unscrew that thing and go to big home improvement store. They will help you find the exact one you need.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Oct 22, 2017
    If it is good wood, I would strip it and see how it looks, then if you like it you could just top coat, or stain and top coat. If you paint it you would loose all the great detail in the wood. Look around at home improvement stores, online, etc. to see if you can find the same pulls, or replace all with something similar. You should be able to replace the latches, just take one off and get how many you need from a home improvement store.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Oct 22, 2017
    I'm on a PC and really can't see/envision this piece in its entirety (blurry). It appears to be from approx. the 40's and (without seeing the outside of it) may be "waterfall" style.

    Often these were made with a very thin wood veneer which isn't good to sand as you can easily go through it. I would take a small piece (drawer perhaps) to your area woodworking stores and talk to them to learn as much as you can. Once you get some expert info on the style, wood, method of construction, etc. you will have a better base to know what options.

    The slamming door & latch: could be the door isn't hung level; the entire piece isn't level; missing pieces, etc. If all is level and working, keep in mind they didn't have soft close doors back then lol! You could put on soft close hardware if you want or see if they make a small-sized pneumatic closer like for a screen door.

    The 1st thought I have is to find a wonderful, BRIGHT vinyl stick-on wallpaper for the interior. I'd stick w/ something easily stripped in case anyone wants to change it in the future. I say vinyl so you can periodically wash it.
    Save this to put on after you've completed all messy work on the piece.

  • Sharon Sharon on Oct 22, 2017
    Thats veneer work, so I would just fix what needs fixing and let i t be the great piece it is. Lightly sand any finish along scarred areaa, glue down any loose veneer, stain if needed, and then refinish probably on this 30s/40s piece with amber shellac..... I would also stain the upright inside the cupboard where the shelves were originally attached.
    I would also get piece of trim for the lower area that look like its missing, stain and finsh, glue and use a fine finish nail to hold in place after pre-drilling with a very fine drill bit.
    To find appropriate handles, I would look for an architectural recycler, that has lots of boxes of old hardware and pick something period appropriate.
    The latch can be picked up at any hardware store.
    I don't think its high enough for 2 poles, so I would add some cubby holes/shelving at bottom for folding sweaters, bags, shoes etc.

    • Kimberly Pfeiffer Kimberly Pfeiffer on Oct 23, 2017
      I really like the idea of putting the shelves in the. Bottom half. Seems more appropriate. Thank you for that. And the help this is going to be a very intresing project i will keep every one updated as I go along and the finished results.

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Oct 23, 2017
    You could also give it a whole new look with chalk paint

    • Kimberly Pfeiffer Kimberly Pfeiffer on Oct 23, 2017
      I see that everyone is doing the chalk paint I'm going to keep it it's original color though thank you for the advise though.

  • Betty Patton Betty Patton on Oct 23, 2017
    Check out Waterfall Dressers before you decide anything.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Sep 10, 2021

    Hi Kimberly, we used old, broken suitcases to completely transform a boring dresser. You can get the tutorial on how to do it here -

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Sep 18, 2021

    There are lots of great ideas to inspire you here: Home and Garden DIY Ideas | Hometalk

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Sep 28, 2021

    I've used Restore-a-Finish and beeswax on pieces like this.

    Howard Products RF3016 Restor-A-Finish, 16 oz, Golden Oak