Mudroom Storage Bench

Howdy friends!  I hope you are having a fabulous week!  Today I am happy to my mudroom storage bench, that I repurposed from a dresser top and some old table legs.

I shared this at My Repurposed Life last year as one of my contributor posts, and I am excited to finally share this project on my own blog!

DIY Mudroom Storage Bench made from a dresser top and table legs tutorial at MyLove2Create

I love it!  You can tell I built this last winter because of the snow on the ground.  We haven't had snow yet this year...and I am sooo good with that! :)
dresser before
It all started with this dresser...I showed you how to turn a dresser into a bench in September, but lets back up a bit more and see how this dresser repurposing all began...
dresser cut in half
Last year in October, I cut the dresser in half to extend a dresser for my boys bedroom makeover, but it didn't work out, you will have to read the posts to see why...longish story. :)

Since I didn't use the cut dresser in my boys room I ended up taking the bigger portion (on the right) and made it into a bench.  I was left with the top of the dresser (on the left) which was lost on my back porch for quite a while.
using a dresser top and old table legs to make a mudroom storage bench
I wanted to do something with this dresser top, and another bench seemed like the perfect solution.  When I went outside to look at it I spotted these table legs that I had taken off of a table my friend gave me.  In fact, I used part of the old table top in my Kitchen Island with Pantry Storage post, now it was time to use the legs.  Repurposing is so much fun!
cutting table legs and making aprons
To cut the legs, I measured the height of my dresser top, and subtracted that number from how tall I wanted the bench to be.  I was excited to see that the left over leg pieces are long enough to be repurposed for another project! (top right)

I must admit in hind site, I totally could have used the full length of the legs and turned this into a console table instead of a bench, wouldn't that have been cool!  Either way would work, and I love the idea of a sofa table as well!

I used my dresser top, flipped on it's side, and set the legs flush with each end.  I measured the distance between and cut a scrap of 1x2 to connect the legs together. 
building bench base
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I measured the rest of the apron pieces against the bottom of the dresser top and then I drilled pocket holes into each end of the 1x2's with my Kreg K5 Pocket-Hole Jig, and proceeded to build.  I attached them to my legs with wood glue and pocket hole screws, leaving me with a cute little bench base.
dresser top on diy base
When I set my dresser on top for a dry fit, I thought it looked too top heavy.  The best way to fix that problem was to balance it out with a lower shelf.
adding bottom shelf supports for storage bench
So I measured, cut, and drilled pocket holes just like I did for the top aprons into some 1x2 boards to make shelf supports.  When I added the shelf support pieces I used a scrap of wood as a spacer so all of them would be at the same height.  Work smarter not harder!
storage bench adding bottom shelf supports
Looking much better!  I still needed to "chunk" up the bottom a little bit, so I opted for a plywood shelf instead of doing slats, my thought being that it would look "heavier".  Hopefully that makes since... :)

All of the 1x2's I used were scraps that I had on hand, and even some plywood strips that I had left over from ripping plywood.

Speaking of ripping plywood...
cutting out storage bench shelf out of plywood
I used my last big scrap of plywood for the bottom shelf.  So sad!!  I ripped it with my Kreg Rip-Cutand Ryobi Circular Saw to the correct size.  Which was the length and width of base. 

Next, I measured the width of the legs and marked where to notch out each corner (top right) on the plywood.  Then I quickly cut out the notches with my Ryobi Jig Saw (bottom right).
Next, added the shelf with glue and finish nails using my Ryobi nail gun.
attaching plywood shelf
I had the shelf attached to the legs, making the base complete.  Then I flipped over the dresser top and glued and nailed the base onto it.

I also added screws to the top and the shelf as well, for extra strength.
filling cracks with spackle and caulk
I used spackle to fill all my seams and cracks, followed by a think layer of caulk.  Sometimes the spackle cracks so I added the caulk to prevent that, or you could just use caulk.  After sanding it all down I was ready for paint!
using diy chalk paint primer
I used Gail's DIY Chalk Paint recipe, which is awesome.  I picked a dark grey and used this as my primer, then I painted it with Behr Shipyard in satin, a pretty blue color.  #iamobsessedwithblues
Mudroom Storage Bench, MyLove2Create
I painted the sides of the drawer, I am glad I did, it just looks more finished when it is opened.
Mudroom Storage Bench, MyLove2Create
I really love how the bottom shelf turned out, especially because it balanced the piece out.  

I got the vintage knobs from a box of hardware at an estate sale for $1 and I seriously think they are awesome.  They were slightly tarnished, but I liked the look so I didn't clean them.
Mudroom Storage Bench, MyLove2Create
Not bad for a hodge podge project?  You would never know it was pieced together by looking at it, which is what I wanted.
Mudroom Storage Bench, MyLove2Create
I think it is so cute and I am thrilled that I was able to get some use out of my cut up dresser!
two storage benches from one dresser
So what do you think?  Are you up for repurposing one of your old dressers into something else that you need more?

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  1. Mindi this bench is super cute! I love the extra details that using upcycled furniture adds to a project. I can't believe you got 2 benches from that one dresser. Awesome job.

  2. You always amaze me with your creativity! Both benches are so cute!

    I would love to see a tour of your home sometime to see where and how you use all these awesome projects you post!

  3. This is an amazing transformation. You have really done your selves proud. Thanks so much for the great ideas, Sandi

  4. What a great transformation! I would never have looked at that dresser and imagined that. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  5. You did an amazing job on this. Until I read the post I never thought it was all pieces from different things.


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