Dresser Set Makeover

About: I'm just a guy that likes to do woodworking in my spare time in my basement. I also have created a blog: http://www.woodworkingfourdummies.com Ian

Intro: Dresser Set Makeover

My wife and I were using a 1970's dresser set which was constructed of cheap particle board wood with a laminate teak exterior. I decided to revamp them to match our bed. Instead of simply painting, I decided to use solid wood (pine) and removed the cheap mdf drawer fronts and replaced the tops as well.

Wood Type: Pine (dresser drawers fronts and top)

Finish: Water based polyurethane, Minwax conditioner , dark walnut stain and white paint

Hardware: Drawer Handles

Step 1: Destroy Dresser Drawer Frons

I didn't like the original handles and wanted to replaced them. I quickly realized, that I couldn't replace the handle without replacing the entire front of the drawer (see photo). So I took apart the drawers and built new ones out of pine.

I cut my drawer front panels to length with mitre saw and then made a dado on my table saw. There was a dado groove on original drawer front which secures the front to the drawer base (see photos).

Step 2: Build Dresser Tops

I then started to work on making a new top for the night stands and dressers. I made pocket holes and screwed and glued the boards together.

I then used a router to make a decorative edge along the top of the nightstands.

I had to plane the top of the dresser because it was not flat since I will screwing a new pine top onto the existing one.

My wife helped me out and painted the original sides white. I then screwed on the new top. I stained the top and front panels with a Minwax dark walnut stain and applied a few polyurethane coats.

Step 3: Final Steps - Finish Drawer Fronts

The final step was to glue the drawer fronts and attach the new handles.

These pictures are of the final results of the nightstand and Dressers.

I hope this inspired some of you.






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    6 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Only it's a particle board(chipboard), not MDF (which gained popularity only in late 80's).

    1 reply

    2 years ago

    Thease are beautiful. Love the stain choice.


    2 years ago

    Good idea will do a refurbish job om my dressers .Thanks


    2 years ago

    I particularly enjoy the contrast of the walnut stain and the white paint. Nice work!


    2 years ago

    Very nicely done! The upgrades look fantastic.