Hello and Happy New Year MRL Readers! It’s Mindi, and I am happy to be back this month! Today I am sharing a Repurposed Storage Bench, but this one is special because…
How to repurpose the top of a dresser
Cut legs to size
Pocket hole construction is easy
With all four apron pieces cut I drilled pocket holes into each end of the 1×2’s with my Kreg Jig, and proceeded to build. I attached them to my legs with wood glue and pocket hole screws. This gave me my repurposed storage bench base.
Need more details on using a Kreg Jig? See my article How to use a Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System
Dresser section repurposed with legs
I set my dresser on top for a dry fit, and thought it looked too top heavy. Then I decided that the best way to fix that problem was to balance it out with a lower shelf.
I measured, cut, and drilled pocket holes just like I did for the top, except these ones were to support the shelf. On the left you can see I used a scrap of wood as a spacer so all my shelf aprons would be the same height.
Add lower braces
It is starting to look 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… 🙂
I used my last big scrap of plywood for the bottom shelf. So sad!! I ripped it with my Kreg Rip Cut and Ryobi Circular saw to the correct size. Which was the length and width of base.
I then added the shelf to the repurposed storage bench with glue and finish nails.
Once I had the shelf attached to the legs, making the base complete, I flipped over the dresser top and glued and nailed the base onto it.
Patch and paint
To hide all my seams I used spackle, and then a thin 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 my repurposed storage bench was ready for paint!
I used Gail’s DIY Chalk Paint recipe again, since I had such great results with it on my last bench. This time I chose a dark grey and used this as my primer, then I painted it with Behr Shipyard in satin, a pretty blue. Sorry Gail…yet another BLUE project. I can’t. help. myself.
Repurposed storage bench made from part of a dresser
I really love how the bottom shelf turned out! And these baskets I had fit perfectly, which was awesome.
Not bad for a hodge podge project? You would never know it was pieced together by looking at it, which is what I wanted.
I think it is SO cute and I am thrilled that I was able to get two awesome projects out of my cut up dresser!
Looking for repurposed dresser project ideas?