Sometimes new furniture isn’t in the budget, or you simply can’t find what you’re looking for. So, I’ve learned to ‘make do’ with what I have, as my mom says.
Usually, that means grabbing a can of paint to update a hand-me-down or thrifted piece of furniture. Other times, I’ve resorted to repurposing furniture to suit my needs.
I’ve found dressers of all shapes and sizes to be very versatile. Today, I thought it would be fun to show you how you can repurpose a dresser.
10 Ways to Repurpose a Dresser
Turn Your Old Dresser into a Sideboard
I’ve had my parents old bedroom suite for years now. The dresser has seen many uses in the years since, but it’s first repurpose was as a kichen sideboard
Eventually this dresser got a coat of paint and has been both a t.v. console and a sofa table.
Like this one Liz Marie repurposed.
And here’s my parent’s dresser as a sofa table.
Repurpose a Dresser in Your Foyer
Oh, I almost forgot! I actually put this big ol’ dresser in my foyer for a bit. My foyer is big enough for it, so it worked.
I’ve also used this antique dresser type chest in the foyer. First in it’s original stain.
Then, chalk painted blue.
And, I’ve always admired the dresser in this lovely foyer.
A Dresser Makes a Great Vanity
I think my favorite way to repurpose a dresser is as a vanity. It adds such a custom look.
I haven’t tried this yet, but it’s on my one day list.
I really enjoyed living vicariously through Traci at Beneath My Heart when she created this vanity from old thrifted dresser.
If you have the skills to turn a dresser into a vanity, you can turn your dresser into a desk, too.
Turn a Dresser into a Desk
Here’s a little inspiration to get started.
Repurpose a Dresser as a Changing Table
This idea makes me smile. I wish I’d though of it when I my daughter was a baby.
Dressers Make Beautiful Kitchen Islands
No island. No problem.
Whether your style is traditional, farmhouse, modern or something in between, there’s lots of inspiration.
Create a Potting Bench
I think turning an old dresser into a potting bench is such a clever idea.
Finally, if you need storage, why not repurpose a dresser into shelves? You could use them for craft supplies, toys, books or even linens.
For more budget friendly decorating ideas, read:
- How to Turn Your Decorating Ideas into Reality
- Clever New Uses for Old Things
- The Day CORT Came Calling: A Budget Friendly Furniture Resource