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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.
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Step 1: Drawer fronts with character

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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.

Step 2: Acquire some signs

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If you would like to refinish a dresser in this same manner, you will need to acquire some road signs.

Don't go out and steal road signs. That's just idiotic, and there are legal ways to get old road signs. Ask your city or county road department if they have any old signs you can have. Signs get replaced regularly for many reasons, and while some cities and towns are good about recycling, others just throw the signs in a pile and let them sit for years. Just ask around, and be polite.
bo88y6 months ago

Jacobean is pronounced "JACK uh BEE un" with the strongest accent on the "BEE." See

Click on the little speaker icon to the right of the word itself, to hear it pronounced.

Cutting aluminum definitely requires goggles. It's a relatively soft metal, but a sharp shard of it won't feel soft if it gets in your eye.

seamster (author)  bo88y6 months ago
gpettis1 year ago

Can I do this without a saw?

seamster (author)  gpettis1 year ago

No, you'll definitely need a saw. If you don't have one, maybe you know someone you can borrow from?

kderevan1 year ago
This is GREAT!
seamster (author)  kderevan1 year ago
Glad you like it, thanks!
Oh my god this is awesome
cdog5571 year ago
I like it my self!!!!Add license plate on there.I think it would look cute!!!!!!
Hmff1 year ago
very nice
WorkingGunn2 years ago
that is beautiful
This is very off topic, but where did you get that fantastic Darth Vader? I have a nephew who would adore it!
M3G2 years ago
Awesome! Now I just need to get some signs...
BarginsTech2 years ago
I Love this!!! And i love the donut thing! Great idea when you work at a donut shop like mee haha :] Is there anyway to seal the signs? Dont they chip sometimes?
seamster (author)  BarginsTech2 years ago
Good question. I sealed the sign pieces with polyurethane just like the wood (I actually addressed this in step 7).

Glad you liked it. Thanks for the comment!
vincent75202 years ago
Is it part of a contest ??

I vote !…
Dude this is soo cool
benpic102 years ago
I really like this 'ible and hope i could get around to doing something like it at some point, my only question would be; where did you get the signs from?
seamster (author)  benpic102 years ago
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Oh awkward haha, serves me right, should have read further
lowky2 years ago
That came out really nice. I also like the drawer configuration, never seen a dresser quite like that with the "mini" drawers, but they would sure come in handy for things like socks etc.
seamster (author)  lowky2 years ago
Thanks! Yep, I'd never seen one like it either. I've got two of my boys sharing it, and they kind of fought over who got the odd extra drawer for a while!
Attmos2 years ago
Very creative and well done, as usual.
seamster (author)  Attmos2 years ago
Thank you for the compliment!
Ninzerbean2 years ago
This is so gorgeous. What blade did you use on your circular saw and did you have to go through a few of them? Did you cut from the top-side or bottom-side of the signs?
seamster (author)  Ninzerbean2 years ago
Thank you. I used a standard circular saw blade, but it was an older one--still sharp but not brand new. I made cuts from both the front and back sides of the signs. I was concerned about chip-out on the sign faces, but it didn't happen at all.
Was it a metal cutting blade? Was it a blade for wood and metal? For aluminium? I don't think the guy at HD is going to know what a standard saw blade is because they like to be difficult. How many teeth per inch (just an aprox.)
seamster (author)  Ninzerbean2 years ago
Oop, sorry. By standard, I meant a 24-tooth wood framing blade. (It's the most common circular saw blade.)

Are you going to makeover a dresser like this? If you do, be sure to post a photo here when you're done!
This looks so cool! Voted!
wold6302 years ago
Wow! Really great work. The dresser is fantastic!
Creativeman2 years ago
Great concept and function!
timm.tanner2 years ago

Great job on everything. the repairs look good, the photos and explanations are great, even the sections of sign you used and the orientation is just perfect. Well Done.
seamster (author)  timm.tanner2 years ago
Thank you very much. I really like the way it turned out.
mikeasaurus2 years ago
That looks great! I like the weathered look of those old signs.