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Old dresser into bench

 repurposed dresser
I found this old dresser by the curb. It had one drawer, and 2 drawer fronts. The top to it had already been removed. I used that for a window seat for the kittos.
dresser repurposed into a bench
I cut out the top 2 drawer areas. I used the 2 drawer fronts to make the back, in order to make it cohesive. I then added some trim/molding to the top of the sides.
dresser repurposed upcycled

 Lastly, I added a piece of plywood to make a seat.
upcycled dresser
I painted it (in the kitchen) with a nice brown (Espresso)repurposed dresser
I had a piece of foam that I had gotten from a friend, this made a nice soft place to sit. A nice  elderly couple bought this. They put it at the end of their bed, because the Mrs. was unable to sit on the bed to put on her shoes and socks.If you LOVE a good repurpose, check out my door into a headboard, a nightstand into a child’s desk, or a coffee pot into a lamp.Want to see more benches made from repurposed items?
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A teacher at heart, Gail relishes the chance not to show off her projects, but to help others find their inner handywoman, step-by-step. Her blog, MyRepurposedLife.com, chronicles her scrap-saving adventures and has been featured on countless DIY magazines and websites, including Women’s Day, Design*Sponge and Apartment Therapy. She is a longtime influencer for both Krylon spray paint and Gorrilla Glue. With a tribe of more than 400,000 followers, Gail is inspiring a new generation of DIYers to pick up some tools and get to work.
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  1. I’m late to this, but I LOVE this idea. I have an old clunky dresser that serves very little purpose for me as is and this is a great way to repurpose it since I need a place to sit in the room where it’s located.

    • gail@myrepurposedlife.net says:


      I have been wanting to do another one of these ever since I did this one (dresser to bench) Happy you found My Repurposed Life, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on this old post. I appreciate it.

  2. Wow! Who’d a thunk it? Not me. Thanks amazingly creative!

    ♥ .*Awesome ♥

    I love it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    WOW is the first word out of my mouth. What total creativity, you rock!! This was a first ever for me seeing something like this. Well done!

  4. I love this! I’ve included it in my roundup of 12 ways to repurpose a dresser.


    Thanks for the inspiration!!

  5. This is one of the best “redouxs” I have seen!!! I love converted furniture, and my favorites are always converted dresser. I never though of making it into a bench, LOVE IT! I am so trying this. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. -K

  6. Gail, this is great! I can see it as a baby’s bed or bassinet if snugged right up next to Mom and Dad’s bed… I can see this as a “window seat” where one can snuggle in and read a good book… I LIKE IT! :)

  7. What a great idea!! Looks awesome!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I love your site…when I saw this I thought how about a bassinet…any ideas….

  9. Hi Gail – commenting on one of your older posts because it is so clever! I am a new follower, and hope you’ll have a peek over at my (newer) blog and follow if you like what you see. Hope to see you peeking around soon.

  10. This is such a cute idea and I just love how you took the drawer fronts and put them on the back. I am so going to be looking for a cheap dresser to do this to. Thank you for the inspiration.

  11. Wow! Such a great idea and it turned out so cute! Stopped by from FJI.

  12. OH EM GEE! That is absolutely fabulous…what vision you have to re-purpose a dresser into a bench. Very clever and very useful! Thanks!

  13. Love this!! I just shared this on my facebook fan page


    I know my “likers” will love it too!! Wishing you all the best!!

    xoxo ~ kristi

  14. LOVE THIS BENCH! Great idea!

  15. I ♥ This bench! Great! Oooh I also want you to know that I given you and award!


    Have a Great Day!

  16. That is creative! This is the first time I see that. congratulation. Wonderful idea and wonderful work. I think you know I love it!

  17. That is a wonderful idea. Now if I could just find a great chest of drawers someone is getting rid of for free I’ll do the same. I love benches!! Thanks for sharing!!

  18. That is so awesome!! I totally love how it turned out!

  19. OMG…girl…that is genius!!! Way to go!

  20. I LOVE it!! I’m gonna share this link on my facebook:) I’m your newest follower..

  21. Such a creative idea!! I have a chest of drawers that is missing one of the drawers and need to figure out what to do with it!

  22. What an incredibly creative idea. And how nice that it went to that couple. Beautiful AND useful.

  23. This is so cool! I’m totally diggin’ it! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blgospot.com tonight.

  24. wow terrific idea! I love it!

    happy day!

  25. Nice job on the dresser bench. What a good idea!

  26. Wonderful! Very creative and beautiful. You are very kind to offer it to someone who needs it… I would have a difficult time parting with it!

  27. What a cool idea, it’s wonderful!

  28. Wow, that’s awesome. I would never have thought of that. And I love that you gave it to someone who could truly use it and appreciate it. What a nice gesture!

  29. What a sweet gift! I’m so glad this piece went to a good home. :)

  30. wow! Great transformation! I’m very impressed!

  31. Wow – this is a great roadkill rescue. You have not just renovated the dresser, you turned it into something else. Great idea and great vision! Love it!

  32. Love this idea! Way to think outside the box!

  33. Totally love that. How sweet that is sits at the end of an elederly couple’s bed. You amaze me with your power tools skills! I am jealous.

  34. WOW, what a great idea!
    God’s blessings,
    Sarah 😀

  35. So cool. I definitely will be looking for dressers now.

  36. Oh my gosh… that is brilliant! It turned out adorable!! :)

  37. This is beautiful! I have seen so many dressers, but could never think of anything to make with them.

  38. What a wonderful idea! You did a great job with this–you have wonderful vision. Great idea to use the drawer fronts to add detail to the back of the bench. Well done!

  39. it turned out beautiful. I’ve been wanting a bench but I never thought to use a dresser-great idea. Also that is so sweet of you to give it away. I am sure they love it.


  40. That is amazing! What a great job you did. I will now be on the lookout for abandoned dressers to turn into benches.

  41. Hi Gail!

    Jamie sent me over!!! Fabulous re-visioning!! Love the bench!!

    Stop by…. http://www.katillacshack.com

    Lets be friends!

    love, kelee

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