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Dresser to Bench (and BIG news)

September 12, 2013

Dresser to Bench

This dresser has a lot of nostalgia attached to it. It belonged to my parents for as long as I can remember. It held Daddy’s treasures from his Navy cruises and Mama’s jewelry, plus other things that my siblings and I probably were not supposed to see.


Years after us kids left home, the dresser was replaced and it was forgotten in not-so-good storage. Water and drastic hot and cold weather conditions caused a lot of exterior deterioration. When my mom moved from the farm, the dresser was headed to the burn pile. Junker that I am, I couldn’t do it. I was sure it still had life in it, so it went to live in our barn for a bit. Everyone thought I was nuts.

A few years later my oldest son moved back home for a few months. Since he didn’t have a dresser, we made do with grandma and grandpa’s old dresser. When he moved out again, another son started using it. Finally it went back to the barn. We’ve had two yard sales since then, but I refused to add it to the sales. Quite frankly, I didn’t think it would sell in its sad state anyway. That was okay because I had a plan for it.

I removed the drawers…

…and popped off the top. The drawers were all different heights, but the top of the bottom drawer was the perfect height for a seat. I removed all of the front rungs except for the rung above the bottom drawer. I also pulled off all of the peeling veneer. As the project evolved I realized I really didn’t need to do that.

I created the seat with pallet boards. Surprisingly the dresser had good strong bones, so I attached them right to the drawer braces on the inside.The back and sides on the inside of the dresser got the same treatment.

Pallet boards were also used to cap the top of the sides and back. I also capped each front side. I had some old trim that I cut and added along the top and bottom of the bench on the inside.

I thought I would be able to keep the drawer on the bottom, but on closer inspection I realized it wasn’t going to cut it. I removed it and added a shelf.

The whole piece was dry brushed with a buckskin colored paint.

I cut old galvanized roofing to cover the sides and back on the outside of the bench. One side of each panel was in pretty good shape, but I loved the rustic look of the rust. I embraced the rust.They were clear-coated and centered on each side.

Now that’s a transformation. I think it would be a perfect addition to a mudroom, don’t you?


Now, on to the BIG news. We are selling our house. The kids are getting older, and my husband and I are not getting any younger. We don’t need all of the land. We are hoping to move to a house in town that has as much or more storage options, with less property to mow and maintain. More storage options? Well, since I will be losing my barns, I will need some place to store my junking treasures. 😉


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  1. Love the bench, you did such a great job converting it from dresser. Poor old dresser, sure served it’s purpose for long time. Love the corrugated metal on sides, back.
    We have an old dresser I can’t seem to part with, paid $20 for it at swap meet in Bowling Green, KY. It was a nice big solid piece but I left it out in the weather when we moved to CO. Really dumb, could kick myself as I’d have loved to made it into a vanity for our bathroom. Not so sure now if it would work, have to replace the top and parts of veneer on bottom are rotted. Shame on me.
    Anyway, need to get it out of shed, really look at it. Decide if worth keeping or part it out. I’d use drawers to make shelves or little carts with wheels on bottoms. Believe me I got my use out of that dresser in house in KY. Had it in living room and stored some craft supplies to get out of sight, whatever else it was needed for. I painted it when I got it also.
    Anyway, your bench has inspired me to finally do something with poor old dresser. Glad you shared this project, good reason for it, somebody would be inspired and I am. Happy week

  2. OMG!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS!! I am so excited to try this, too. I have been overlooking rotten broken dressers on the side of the road. No need anymore. I will make these awesome benches!! For everyone in the family (who wants them.. ha ha). I like this a lot. Please please come share this at What to do Weekends on my blog. Best wishes, you are the BEST. Also signing up for emails. (not done often). Linda Did I mention I’m pinning this, too?

  3. Wow and wow! Thanks for the kind words! I am so glad this project has provided inspiration. Ladies, I would love to see photos of your finished benches…since I know you will be making it. 😉

  4. Love this bench, I think the space where the drawer was @ the bottom would be nice storage space if you put baskets in it. Keep the clutter contained in other words.

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