I'm so excited to share this media center project with you!
Gotta Love Free Furniture
I love transforming pieces of furniture, and dressers are among my favorites, especially when said dresser is free.
Inspect and Clean Dresser
I got this dresser on New Year’s Eve, and I’ve had it in storage ever since. It was in a friend’s neighborhood, and when she called me to tell me it was on the side of the road it was already dark.
I just snatched it up, and covered it with plastic till the next day. It has some issues for sure, and there was a lot of junk inside all the drawers. That is candle wax all over the top of it.
Make a Plan of Action for the Media Center
When I dug it out of storage a couple of weeks ago, I started examining the drawers. Two of the original drawers were missing their guides, so I removed the guides from the top two drawers and decided to do away with them and add shelves.
Then, I scraped all the candle wax off, and used some TSP and some sandpaper to get a good surface for painting.
Replace Dresser Drawers with Shelves
I cut some thin plywood shelves and used my edge banding on the front of the plywood to give it a nice edge. (this is just a dry fit)
How to add Faux Catalog Drawer Fronts
Do you remember when I routed the drawers on the tall black cabinet? I recently saw Diane’s winning entry in the BHG Final Four Challenge and I was inspired to change up these drawers. By adding some thin plywood, suddenly one drawer looks like two!
Then I remembered I had these small picture frames that I got from my sister a couple of years ago.
I played around with some configurations, sent jamie some pictures to ask her opinion, and we decided on this.
I grabbed one of my drawer pulls that I used on that black cabinet to see how it looks. I’m liking it!
I used Gorilla Wood Glue to attach the small frames to the thin plywood, while my combination square to make sure the sides were even all around.
I used clamps to hold the frames in place till the Gorilla Wood Glue dries.
Epoxy Secures Drawer Glides
The drawer guides were broken, and I was unable to secure them with staples or screws, so I used my Gorilla Epoxy. It stinks, but it WORKS!
I also used the Gorilla Wood Glue to hold down the top shelves. NOTE: I have removed the decorative piece on the bottom that makes this piece look like a dresser and added 1x6’s ripped to the proper size to allow the drawers to open.
Use a Sander Instead of Stripper
I sanded all the drawer fronts to remove the original finish.
Are you still with me? This is becoming one very long tutorial. I hope you’re learning something. This is where I wish I had noticed something, and made a change. Can you spot it?
I grabbed a bunch of scrap plywood pieces, and I should have paid more attention when cutting them that the grains matched better. By the way, I used my nail gun to attach the plywood and the frame to the drawer.
Stain Drawer Fronts
This is after 1 coat of Minwax Golden Oak, but I think they look too new. I was going for a more “used/aged” look.
I added some Minwax Jacobean all over, adding it a little heavier in some places, I like it better now.
Quick & Easy Painting | Media Center
It was time for the dresser to head to the paint booth for it’s primer makeover with my Homeright Finish Max Pro.
I was so excited to see how the drawers were going to look, I had to insert one just to get a look.
I bought a gallon of a white semi-gloss in Behr Premium Plus Ultra.
Don't you love the white and wood tones together?
Choosing Hardware for Faux Card Catalog
I got these three options of hardware from my friends at D Lawless Hardware. The top left is Antique Copper Cabinet Label Holder, the top right is Matte Chrome Cup Pull the bottom right is Antique Copper Cup Pull with Screw Heads.
Again, I sent the picture to Jamie to get her opinion. We were both in agreement, that the Label Holder one best suits this piece.
I drilled tiny pilot holes and installed the pulls with some antique copper screws using my tape measure to the distance.
How to Add Wheels To Dresser Media Center
In order to add these wheels to the media center, I attached a small piece of 2x4 on each corner and used 1 ⅞” drywall screws to secure them. If you look closely, you can see that I drilled a pilot hole before inserting the screw.
Can you believe that it is the same piece as that free dresser? It was such a fun project to work on, I can’t wait for it to find a new forever home.
Free Dresser Repurpose | Media Center
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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.