DIY Mid Century Dresser

Woodshop Diaries
by Woodshop Diaries
The best compliment I have gotten on my new DIY dresser was "that looks like it came straight out of the 70s." Why, thank you, sir, that was the point. Guess I made it well:) haha
If you've been following along on the blog, you may remember me talking about the "South Wing Project" where we will be redoing our master bathroom and bedroom. Well, the bathroom will be first, but while I am being indecisive about things for it, I decided to build a few things for the bedroom to pass the time :)
So after I made new nightstands, I wanted a retro/mid century style dresser like this one I saw at West Elm. But the price tag was $999. Umm, no. So I figured out a way to make a similar one myself.
All the details on the build can be found at the link below. First I made the legs as you can see above.
Then I used 2x3s to make the bottom frame part of the dresser.
After the bottom frame part was done, I began working on making the main part of the dresser. I used plywood to build a "box" to house the drawers.
I built six drawers, attached them to the ball bearing slides, and then stained the entire dresser and attached the bottom part to the top from the underside.

It really wasn't too difficult of a project. Seriously the hardest part was deciding on hardware. I got Danny to help me bring it inside and I left this painters tape on them (so I could open the drawers) for about 2 or 3 weeks trying to decide.
The original one that I wanted had brass hardware and had two knobs on each top drawer and long handles on the four bottom drawers. But have you looked at prices for long drawer pulls? I would literally have spent more on the hardware than I did the entire dresser!! I'm cheap. Totally not doing that.

I bought wood knobs for the top with the intention of spray painting them to look like brass and making my own wood handles. Long story short, I accidentally stained the wood knobs and kind of liked it. But my wood drawer pulls didn't work out.

So then I bought some cute brass pulls at Hobby Lobby, but I just wasn't feeling them. I didn't think they fit the dresser style. So Danny's friend at work has a CNC machine and he cut me a few wood ones. At first, I hated them. I seriously hated everything I tried to put on this dresser. I was having a breakdown every time I tried something was bad.

So I stared at my options for a while. And for some reason, I was still liking those stained wood knobs.

So, I finally stained the wood pulls and attached them just to see what I thought. I was pleasantly surprised that I really really liked them
It only took me a month, but I FINALLY LOVED my dresser...and dresser pulls:) The struggle has been real.

I am quite possibly, the only one who likes this dresser, but I'm seriously so excited about it. Like it's one of my favorite projects I've ever done.
What do you think? Does it make you feel like throwing on your bell bottoms and getting out the disco music? HAHA.

I'm currently shopping for a disco ball to replace our ceiling fan. Just kidding!! I'm actually shopping for bathroom remodel stuff because I've got to quit putting off that remodel or I'm going to end up building more furniture I don't need!

Be sure to check out the post link below for more building and behind the scenes details!! Happy building!
Woodshop Diaries
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  • Vada Vada on Jun 14, 2016
    Great job!! It's just Beautiful and I love it!! Since I have zero talent in building furniture my only question will be where did you get the owl that's sitting on the beautiful dresser?

  • Carol Stowell Carol Stowell on Aug 09, 2019

    I’ve just recently jumped on the MCMD design n love it. You did an outstanding job on your dresser. Love it. I sure hope the prices of MCM go down in price. As you stated pieces are super high including the hardware. I’m still on the hunt for some pieces where the owners aren’t trying to make a fast killing! Lol😊

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