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How To Repurpose An Old Dresser - Totally Green Crafts

How To Repurpose An Old Dresser

Repurposing or upcycling furniture is the latest craze to take the home decor world by storm, and what is not to love?

You can reuse, recycle and redesign any old furniture that you find to fit your tastes. 

Upcycling or repurposing furniture can save you a lot of money in the long run, and it makes for an exciting project to keep you busy.

Repurposing is the process of changing and altering an object with a single value and transforming it into something new and different, that can be used for something else.

Why throw out an old dresser when there is nothing wrong with it? You do not need to buy anything new when you can repurpose the old! 

Not only does this prevent wasting your old furniture, but you save the environment and get to partake in a fun task using your own creativity!

Even if after repurposing an item you think to yourself that you still have no place for it, why not sell it? You have transformed it into something new, unique and exciting, so go for it.

You know what they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

You can update your home and any old dire furniture piece with the flick of a brush and a hammer and make your house feel brand new again. 

With that being said, we have made a guide on how to repurpose an old dresser to get you started on your repurposing journey.

10 Ways To Repurpose An Old Dresser

Paint it

Don’t throw your old dresser just yet, we have some ideas for you.

The easiest and quickest way to upcycle your old dresser is to change its overall look. Giving it a fresh lick of paint will immediately give your old dresser a boost. 

If you are overhauling your home and feel like your decor just does not match anymore, then make it match.

Find a color that blends with your new style and paint over your old furniture!

Make it unique

You could add some graphics or designs to your old dresser by stenciling artwork or painting over it yourself.

Make your old dresser fresh and unique by painting some cherry blossom flowers winding up the sides. 

The world is your oyster, paint your favorite flag or team logo for a personalized touch!

Make it useful again

One of the most popular ways to reuse your old dresser is to repurpose it as a TV stand. 

Dressers have a large enough surface space that you can fit your TV on top, and some decorative accessories.

You could even try removing the top drawer and using it as shelf space instead. Then, you can fit your DVD or BluRay player underneath for a clean and tidy space.

Restore it

One of the main cruxes of upcycling is to restore your furniture to its natural glory.

If your dresser is made of wood, you can restore it to its original texture. Old wooden dressers are often treated with varnish and thick wood stains. 

This may not be the look you are going for anymore. You can fix this by simply stripping the stain or the paints away to see the natural wood underneath. This can often give your dresser a vintage look and unique feel.

Get your drink on

Our favorite idea for repurposing an old dresser is to turn it into a drinks cabinet.

If you have a tired, worn old dresser just wasting away in your home, this is a fun way to give it a new lease of life!

You can give it a quick coat of paint, remove the drawers, and reinforce the shelving and use it as a drinks display cabinet. This will surely become a focal point in any room. 

Decorate your bathroom

With repurposing, you never have to keep your furniture’s old function. The point is to use it for something else.

We love the idea of redecorating on a budget, so reusing old furniture is a must to ensure you are not burning a hole in your wallet. 

If you have a large dresser, you could turn it into a bathroom vanity.

If you’re a little bit handy, then you can add a sink to your dresser, place a mirror on the wall above and you have a great storage cabinet that will hide your sink too!

You can handle this

If you feel your dresser is outdated and old-fashioned, make it new.

You can purchase new handles for relatively cheap and give your dresser an overhaul.

You would be surprised how different your cabinets could look just by giving it a new color and new design. 

You’ve come Sofa... 

Some people would never dream of changing their old dresser into a sitting space. But you’ve come to the right place.

We love this fresh take on old furniture. You can keep the bottom drawers for stability, and remove the top ones whilst keeping the backing. 

Reinforce the wood and add a cushion bottom for support. Then you can add your different decorative cushions, pillows and blankets to make it your own!

Now you have an extra bench for your guests to enjoy. 

Make it a Table

If you cut away the bottom portions and drawers of your old dresser, you can keep the top as storage and to place decorative accessories on top.

This would make the perfect hall table for welcoming your guests into your home.

Kitchen Island

If you are sick of seeing that dresser in your bedroom, try another one! You can repurpose your old dresser into a kitchen island.

With a fresh coat of paint, and some drawers removed you have some extra space for your recipe book and utensils. Try adding a marble or wooden kitchen worktop for an extra preparation space. 

Final Thoughts

So, how are you going to repurpose your old dresser? With upcycling and repurposing, the possibilities are endless, and you have full creative control over your projects.

So have fun, make it your own and reuse that old dresser!

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