Ok sports fans, I am particularly psyched out of my mind about today’s post! Today I am teaming up with a group of very talented DIY bloggers in a
“Re-purpose It” challenge.
For my project I decided to take on the dresser that was banished to our guest room. It has been slowly falling apart and definitely needed a little lovin’ … Let’s dive in, shall we ?
DISCLAIMER: Let’s be real, this is NOT a detailed build plan, it is more of a basic breakdown of the process I went through. HOWEVER… here is general list of the tools and supplies I used.
- Table Saw
- Nail Gun
- Kreg Jig
- 1/4″ wood paneling (4’x8′)
- 1×3″ boards
- Wood Glue
- (3) Ice Box Hardware Kits- Available at D. Lawless Hardware
- (1) Ice Box Sign
Alrighty, I started by dismantling that sucker! I kind of took it down to the bones. It had a decent frame, but it needed some
MINOR improvements. 🙂
Once dismantled, I started constructing a frame out of cheap-o 1×3’s. (Pretty sure that is their technical term.) I made two of these frames (see image below) one for each side.
I then cut and attached a piece of 1/4″ paneling to the sides. I wanted to be able to give the exterior a nice stained finish. So I slathered it up with wood glue, and then tacked it in place for good measure. I then attached the newly constructed frames to the sides. (On top of the freshly installed paneling.)
After the side frames were attached, I then needed to make it look pretty. It needed a face frame.
Looking prettier already!
Going into this project, I knew I wanted to give this dresser some additional height. (Hence the constructed frame.) The reasoning? I wanted to create a lower shelf. I wanted to give it a rustic look AND I am also cheap, so yet again I turned to 1×3’s.
Now I needed some doors on this sucker. I made shaker style cabinet doors. Its just a little more work and a lot-a-bit of math. The only thing that is different about these shaker style doors is that I needed to route out a lip on the edge to accommodate the specialty hinges.
Pretty right !?
I then added the hardware and a center board that would make it APPEAR as if all of these doors work independently. (Spoiler Alert: They don’t 🙂 )
Now it is time for the GORGEOUS hardware. I got mine from D. Lawless Hardware, and honestly it is the best price point I was able to find anywhere!
(So… you may have noticed in the mean time I stained my cabinet…I ran out of materials and my son was napping… ) Now for the cool part. Time to reinstall the drawers. I spaced my drawers a little differently than they were originally placed.
I then added my drawers. (I did decide resurface the drawers fronts so that it would all have a cohesive look.)
Last step: It needed a top! I scored a 1″ x 12″x 6′ from the 70% off section at Home Depot. Using a Kreg Jig I joined the boards together. I cut them down, and then routed the edge to make it pretty.
Then I attached and stained that bad boy!
How fun is that !? AND the fun doesn’t stop here, make sure you hit up the other “Repurpose It Challenge” participants! They all did a stellar job, sneak peek and links below!
Amy from Her Tool Belt– Rustic Arrow / Mindi with My Love 2 Create – Succulent Planter /Donna from Funky Junk Interiors– Tray
Kathy from Crafty Chica– Jewelry Holder /Jamie with That’s My Letter– Card Catalog / Kim from The Kim Six Fix – Coat Rack
Thanks for reading and Take Luck,