Did you see yesterday’s Recent Finds post? Let’s see if you guessed right? I bought this dresser ($20) and two pieces of the bead board paneling for $4 each. I know, $20 is way over my $5 limit….more about that in a minute.
The dresser had some bad veneer issues.
I already knew that I wanted to repurpose another dresser into a bench. I did one years ago, and I’ve been wanting to do it again.
I got busy cutting it apart with my Jig Saw . I should have used tape, that would have cut down on the splintering. If you look closely, you can see where I cut the dresser apart—into two pieces. See? Now this repurposed dresser is good for TWO projects, so $20 is now $10 per project. The trim I have isn’t quite wide enough to cover the bad veneer, so I cut a little bit of the dresser’s feet off. The first support I decided to add was across the bottom (back). I used a 1x for that. I got this very wide piece of molding at one of the Peddler’s malls for $2.75—what a bargain! It was easy to find now that I have all my lumber pieces organized in my new work bench. This is the bare bones of a repurposed dresser—it’s going to need a lot of supports. I started by adding some braces on each side. I used my Kreg Jig to make pocket holes to give a really nice fit. That gave me something sturdy to attach the side seat supports. For the bench seat I used some 1x’s to get the right width. I used my Kreg Jig to drill the pocket holes to make my seat nice and sturdy. In this picture you can see the bench seat rests on the side supports. In this close-up you can see all the supports I added to make this repurposed dresser strong enough to hold people. I kept inserting the drawers to make sure I wasn’t interfering with their movement. Because the back of this dresser was cardboard, I needed to add some braces in order to attach my bead board. I used 1x’s attached with more pocket hole screws. See the middle stile? There is that nice sturdy brace behind there to support the length of the seat. I was very fortunate that I had enough scrap bead board pieces to complete this repurposed dresser into a bench. I used my Ryobi BRAD NAILER to attach all the bead board pieces. See how there is enough “meat” on the sides and back to attach the top trim? I used window casing to trim out the top, making it flush with the bead board so that it will be comfortable. This is how it is put away at the moment. I ran out of time, and the weather turned TOO cold to work outdoors. This repurposed dresser is the perfect size for a bench for the kiddos, yet strong enough to hold me. I was smiling ear to ear as I put the finishing touches on this little beaut! I love how it all came together.
Bonus: I still have this part of the dresser for project #2!
What do you think it wants to be?
What color do you think I should paint the bench and hardware?
Edited to add on 12.5.13
EDITED TO ADD:
I took the easy way out and painted the hardware white.
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