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Turn An Old Dresser Into This Adorable Bench

Chic seating and smart storage in one.

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That old dresser sitting by the curb? Yeah, you're gonna want to grab it.

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Here's what you need:

· Old dresser

· Tape measure

· Plywood, cut to measurements below

· Orbital sander

· 80 grit sandpaper

· Tack cloth or other cloth

· Semi-gloss paint

· Small paint roller, brushes + paint tray

· Wood stain (optional)

· Power drill

· 1/2" screws

· Wood trim (optional)

· Hooks (optional)


4. Get your measurements.

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Measure the height of the dresser.

A. _______________

Measure the width of the dresser.

B. _______________

Measure the depth of the dresser.

C. _______________

Measure the distance between the top of the last drawer you’ll be keeping and the top of the dresser to determine the height of the bench, minus the thickness of the wood you'll using (ours was 3/4" thick).

D. _______________

Measure the width of the dresser drawer, which is the width of the dresser minus the thickness of the 2 sides.

E. _______________

5. Cut wood for new bench.

Ask your local hardware store to cut the following pieces from 1 to 2 plywood sheets or cut them yourself if you have the tools; use drawing above for reference.

1 BACK / red piece: Full height (A) x full width (B) of the dresser.

2 SIDES / green pieces: Depth (C) x height from drawer to dresser top, minus the thickness of the plywood (D).

1 SEAT / blue piece: Depth (C) x width of the drawer (E).


9. Sand everything.

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Use an orbital sander fitted with 80 grit sandpaper to sand the entire dresser, including the face of the drawers you'll be keeping. Also sand the 4 pieces of plywood for the bench on all sides. Wipe clean with tack cloth to remove any dust.


10. Give it a fresh coat of paint.

Cover the dresser with 2 to 3 coats of semi-gloss paint, letting the paint dry between coats. Optional: Stain the plywood and let dry completely. Replace hardware.

TIP: Use a primer on the dresser if the surface is uneven or darker than the color you'd like to paint it.

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