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.
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.
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!
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.
And then the same treatment was done to the bottom half.
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.
After I primed it, I cut a plywood lid and attached it with a piano hinge.
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.”
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.