That old dresser sitting by the curb? Yeah, you're gonna want to grab it.
Because that old thing can be turned into this beaut:
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)
1. Rescue an old dresser.
2. Decide how many drawers to remove.
3. Remove the hardware.
4. Get your measurements.
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).
6. Remove the back of the dresser.
7. Remove the top.
8. Remove the middle.
9. Sand everything.
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.