I totally love the project I am sharing with you today, How to turn a Dresser into a Bench!
There are many ways to do this, and lots of other great ideas, but this one is pretty simple. So lets get started!
The story of this dresser is sort of long. I got it for free on craig's list and was planning on refinishing it. It lived on my back porch for a while until I decided to try and use it for my Teen boys bedroom makeover...
Ryobi Circular Saw I simply went around the whole dresser and cut on my line. It was easy to cut one side, flip the dresser, and cut the next, until I had cut all the way around. I stopped my saw each time I would flip the dresser.
At this point I tried to fit the two dressers together for my boys room but I could see it was NOT going to work. I decided to store this dresser on my back porch, again, and extend my other dresser with scrap wood, which is now in my boys room.
In the right photo I decided to add a middle support piece with a scrap strip of plywood at the top. Then I tucked it away on my porch...until it was winter...
My saw couldn't cut all the way through, so I made one pass and then flipped the board over made a second pass to get my full cut. This tool combo is perfect if you don't have a table saw to make rip cuts.
Kreg K5 Pocket-Hole Jig and then used glue and pocket hole screws and glue to attach the boards together. See how I extend the bottom piece? Just using up scraps people!
I realized quickly that the screws were too long for the plywood and I was apparently too week to screw them in farther, so I cut some smaller plywood scraps to screw onto them to make them fit better. I sanded everything down to prep for staining.
Hanging Storage Shelf I had made, which this bench will be sitting under. While I stained and added poly to the top and feet I painted the dresser and drawers white. Unfortunately I totally forgot to get a photo of that, but I primed first with Gail's DIY chalk paint recipe and it worked great!
peppermint wreath is still going strong after all these years!
So do you have any out cast dressers? Maybe you should give this a try!
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