A friend of mine gave me a beat up old dresser that was in need of some serious love.
The finish was chipped and gouged all over and there were various parts that were either loose, broken, or missing. But the dresser case was well-built, as were the nice dovetailed drawer boxes, so I thought it was a great candidate for a makeover.
My goals with this dresser were to: 1) restore it to its original functionality, and 2) make it unique and much more awesome.
I'm happy with how it turned out. Thanks for taking a look.
Step 1: Drawer fronts with character
The external wood portions of the dresser were finished with stain and polyurethane, and the drawer fronts were covered with pieces of old road signs. I like the way the finished wood surfaces contrast with the ratty sections of old signage. Each scrape, crack, and mar on the signs add a bit of character.
The flat black handles were chosen because they were simple and inconspicuous, and they allowed the colorful drawer fronts get all the attention. I think they fit the piece perfectly.