I have a new repurposed furniture project to share with you today. It’s a hall table (sofa table) made out of a dresser. Do you remember last month when Mindi shared her blue dresser made into a bench? We were actually working on the same kind of project without even knowing it.
You know I love cutting up furniture. Although this one wasn’t really too hard, it was a little harder than I expected.
Here’s how it all started . . .
I picked up this $10 dresser at a yard sale last Fall. I didn’t really have a clue what I was going to do with it. Then last month I had an idea.
Designing the Upcycled Dresser into a Hall Table
I felt like it wanted to be a hall table, but I didn’t want to build a base for it. So, I started by removing some of the drawers.
I LOVE what I do! There’s something about furniture demolition that is really fun!
Cut the Sides from the Dresser
First, I used my jigsaw to cut out each end of the dresser. Not the best execution of a design…. but it’s all good!
These were the pieces that fell to the ground as I was cutting the sides to make a new hall table.
To do this, I drew a line right on the edge of the support pieces, then drilled a hole in order to allow my blade to start the cut.
Can you See the New Hall Table taking Shape?
This is what I was left with. Do you think it's looking like a hall table (sofa table)?
I used a scrap piece of plywood to create a bottom shelf.
There were definitely some veneer issues.
Time for Painting!
Next, I mixed up some DIY chalky paint primer using some blue oops paint from Home Depot.
This was the strangest oops paint I have ever used. When I opened the can, the color (see the lid) did NOT resemble the fingerprint on the lid. This can was very full, and I had a difficult time stirring it. You’ll see the messy can in the picture below.
EDITED TO ADD: On the top of the can, it says the name of this color is Dark Denim.
I had to stir, and stir, and stir to get the pigments to blend to make the correct color. Oops! I made a huge mess! But I finally got rid of the really bright blue paint, and got the prettiest blue ever!
I gave everything a light sanding and prepared to paint the new hall table with my Homeright Finish Max.
Using the Plaster of Paint mixture as a primer, I did two light coats of blue. I also did a primer coat of blue on a cabinet door that I was making into a But First. Coffee sign.
Sanding & Patching
I prefer to patch my pieces after the primer coat, so I can see exactly what is really showing up. I did two coats of spackle, sanding in between.
Then we had a couple of snow storms and this project was waiting patiently to be finished. Over the weekend, we had some pretty weather, and in between working on the DIY picket fence arbor, I was able to put two coats of paint on the dresser hall table.
I almost always paint the underneath side of my pieces—for a more finished look.
TIP: to get the best coverage on the top of a dresser or table, lay the piece down so you’re spraying vertically instead of horizontally.
This is after 2 coats of the chalky paint primer.
I was considering these great handles, but they were too big. for the small sections.
I know the drawers are in wrong here, but this is the way they fit best.
To get a nice smooth surface, I like to use some brown craft paper to sand the surface before spraying the top coat of paint.
Pretty Handy Girl loves this project!
I added some pulls on the former dresser, new hall table that I purchased from my friends at D. Lawless Hardware .
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Upcycled Dresser into a Hall Table
After seeing how Mindi painted the outside of her drawers, I decided to try it with this project. I typically don’t like to do this because the drawers tend to stick. I only did one light coat of the chalky paint on the sides of each drawer.
What do you think? I’ve made a lot of dresser projects, and I currently have one more “dresser in waiting”.
This dresser is in the queue for projects, what would you like to see me do to it?
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.