Introduction: Dresser to Bench Thingy

my neighbor saw a Pinterest post and I had to get to work..

Step 1: Old Dresser

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this is what I begin with. it is a youth dresser that my neighbor gave me. his mother wanted me to make it in to one of those bench thingys she saw on Pinterest.. so here goes..

Step 2: Reinforcements

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here is were I torn it apart and added all the needed supports for the seat part and the reinforcements for the top and back and sides

Step 3: Remove the Ugly

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I torn the paper backing off to make room for some better looking bead board ..

Step 4: Bead Board

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this is the bead board that covers the back. which will get paint later. the back of this thing will be seen because it is going at the foot of a bed..

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this is a test fitting because I just cut the top to fit the seat area and so I could see if I needed to stain the top or leave it natural ..

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here I decided that it would look good just with poly on it (well the boss.. I mean.. wife told me to leave it natural) so I taped it off and ready for paint.. I got lucky and she let me paint it .. ha..

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I almost forgot to show these old pine boards that made the top of the bench.. I found them laying on the rafters of my shop.. best looking pine I've saw in a long time .. but hey.. they were laying in that shop before I was born..

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this is the painted bead board on the back of the bench and a piece of molding that I made to trim the top ..

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and these are the finished bench thingy.. the draw pulls are from the draw that wasn't used and I think they look a lot better than the handles it had

hope u like it..


Shop27vt (author)2016-08-07


CaptAmazing (author)2016-07-03

Awesome work! I start work on my ex-dresser soon.

kooler (author)CaptAmazing2016-07-04

thanks.. dressers are easy to modify .. you should make a instructable of the process..

alanhatch (author)2016-01-22


messymom (author)2016-01-22

Really nice job! I have a couple of these dressers kicking around, and I'm constantly on the lookout for nice makeovers. I don't have your skills though ;)

jeanniel1 (author)2015-12-13

Ooh, I like this idea - you ought to enter into the Leftover Contest, too. I voted for you for the Furniture Hack as this certainly qualifies! Really nice workmanship

kooler (author)jeanniel12015-12-14

thanks.. I might look at the leftover contest

MissTalon (author)2015-12-13

this is quite nice! now I know what to do with an old dresser when I don't need it any more

kooler (author)MissTalon2015-12-13

thanks, youth dressers are about 5-6 inches shorter than regular dressers so you do a lot of kool things with them..

cmbuck (author)2015-12-12

Very nice - great work! I would only add a cushion matching my curtains...

MadeByGloria (author)2015-12-11

Beautiful! Nice work!

andrea biffi (author)2015-12-11

that's very nice!

WoodPlay (author)2015-12-10

As I get a bit older and a bit stiffer, I'd love to have one of these when I'm putting socks and shoes on. Great design and execution. Well done.

kooler (author)WoodPlay2015-12-10

thanks you.. I thought of leaving the drawers out and making it to were you could put your shoes and stuff..

ClenseYourPallet (author)2015-12-10

Awesome idea!!

kooler (author)ClenseYourPallet2015-12-10


Izzypup (author)2015-12-10

Beautiful transformation! I usually shy away from painting wood but the combo of the bright white and natural wood top is perfection! A great end-of-the-bed piece and I think it would make a perfect phone station, stationery storage area too.
Your idea is definitely going in my "I'm gonna have one some day" file!

kooler (author)Izzypup2015-12-10

thanks for the nice words.. the dresser was mostly mdf and particle board so I didn't mind painting it but I didn't paint the inside of the drawers..

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