Before and After Old Dresser Repurposed into Benches

Before and After Old Dresser Repurposed into Benches

I had this old, dirty antique dresser that I could have sanded, painted, and changed the hardware and it would have been very nice. However, why do the expected — lets make three benches out of it instead.

Antique Dresser

Antique Dresser

Here it is, cut in half. The large bottom drawer with the legs became one bench, and the top half with the 2 small drawers and middle section, became the other.

Antique Dresser - cut in half

Antique Dresser – cut in half

I turned the top part of the dresser upside down to add feet to the bottom. They are cut from stair spindles. I threw a few nails into them to keep them in place so that I could put a screw through the center. And don’t forget the glue!

Top half of antique dresser

Top half of antique dresser

Feet on Antique Dresser

Feet on Antique Dresser


Here is the top part of the dresser painted in a blue-gray. The arms are actually taken from the base of an antique oak office chair and help hold the back secure. The back is cut from pine shelving board.

Top part of dresser - painted

Top part of dresser – painted

And then the same treatment was done to the bottom half.

Bottom half of dresser - painted grey

Bottom half of dresser – painted grey

For the third bench, I started with the middle drawer and added a base made out of 2×2’s. For detail, I added this decorative piece to the center, and cut down spindles for the bottom of the legs.

Center drawer of antique dresser

Center drawer of antique dresser

Center Drawer of Antique Dresser with Base

Center Drawer of Antique Dresser with Base


After I primed it, I cut a plywood lid and attached it with a piano hinge.

Center Drawer of Antiqe Dresser - primed

Center Drawer of Antiqe Dresser – primed

And here it is — black and beautiful, topped off with a cushy pad covered in ikat fabric. The glass handles add a little bit of “bling.”

Center Drawer of Antique Dresser - Finished

Center Drawer of Antique Dresser – Finished

Here are the other two, all painted pretty and topped off with cushy pads in bright, happy fabric. New knobs were added for a fresh look.

Top part of Antique Dresser - Finished

Top part of Antique Dresser – Finished

Bottom part of Antique Dresser - Finished

Bottom part of Antique Dresser – Finished