10+ Different Types of DIY Repurposed Dresser Ideas


Curated collection of the very best repurposed dresser ideas and examples - dressers turned into kitchen islands, mini-bars, desks, benches, etc.
Dresser repurposed into gorgeous white desk (source: thriftyandchic.com)
Source: ThriftyandChic.com

Welcome to our collection of the different types of repurposed dresser ideas.

Our aim with this collection, to which we’ll add to regularly, is to provide a diverse set of examples of what can be done with old and/or inexpensive dressers.


This collection should not be confused with a dresser makeover.  Instead, it’s a collection of dressers that have been repurposed into something different.

When we set out to start this collection, I have to admit I was impressed and surprised by the ingenuity of so many people since dressers have been converted into all types of items including a desk, bench, mudroom locker, mini-bar cart, kitchen island, toolchest, gorgeous bench, baby changing table, floating shelves, organizer and much more.

If you know of a great dresser project we can add, please contact us for submission.

Dresser Turned into a Handsome Mini-Bar Cart on Wheels

Dresser Turned into a Handsome Mini-Bar Cart on Wheels

Bre at AverageInspired.com had a clever idea. Go buy a really low cost dresser at IKEA, some paint, get inspired and create a handsome mini-bar cart. It's big enough to store 5 bottles of wine along with glassware, yet small enough to fit alongside most dining room tables or to the side of most living rooms. If you like the idea of a small, discreet mini bar that you can easily move around your home, follow Bre's lead.
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Inexpensive Dresser Turned into Expensive-Looking Kitchen Sideboard

Dusty Rogers from AllThingsGD.com is one clever blogger and decorator. Most people when repurposing furniture, use dilapidated furniture.  It's a great approach, but not the only approach. Another way to go about repurposing furniture is buying low cost items from places like IKEA, then transforming the items into something that looks high end. Check it out above - Dusty converted a very low cost IKEA dresser into a modern, expensive-looking kitchen sideboard. I love it.
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Outdated Dresser Masterfully Converted into Bathroom Vanity with Vessel Sink

Outdated Dresser Masterfully Converted into Bathroom Vanity with Vessel Sink

What a smart idea; turn an old, outdated dresser into a stylish white vanity with dark counter topped with a large white vessel sink. What you get is a really great looking bathroom with storage without spending the big bucks that you can getting a really nice bathroom vanity. This is exactly what Sun did at RustyFarmHouse.Blogspot.ca did. Sun even kept the original fixtures, updating them simply by painting them.  It's amazing what a little paint, a new top and a vessel sink can create.
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DIY Dresser Turned into White Kitchen Island

DIY Dresser Turned into White Kitchen Island

Vanessa at VanessasModernVintageHome.com did a masterful job turning a dresser into a kitchen island. Notice how she include a breakfast bar feature.  She could have taken the easy way out plopping the dresser into the middle of her kitchen, but instead in addition to carefully finished it, she added an oversized top supported with stylish corbels. I think this is fabulous solution for any kitchen lacking an island.  Who says you need to spend thousands or even hundreds on an island?
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Old Clunker Dresser Turned into High Capacity Basket Storage Organizer

Old Clunker Dresser Turned into High Capacity Basket Storage Organizer

You gotta love resourcefulness.  Diane from InMyOwnStyle.com prides herself, rightfully so, in turning one person's trash into a valuable piece of furniture. In this case, it's an old, tossed out dresser converted into a high-capacity basket storage organizer. Seriously, every home can use an organizer like the one Diane made above. What I also like about it is the old dresser is a very standard design which means this concept is easily applied to pretty much any old dresser.
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Old Dresser Turned into Cute and Functional Baby Changing Table

Old Dresser Turned into Cute and Functional Baby Changing Table

The great thing about this baby changing table is all the storage.  Babies use a LOT of stuff. So, how was this old dresser turned into a baby changing table. Dina steps you through it at HoneyandFitz.com.
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DIY Dresser Converted Into Mudroom Bench and Locker

DIY Dresser Converted Into Mudroom Bench and Locker

TheWeekendCountryGirl.com steps you through how to turn an old dresser into a tall, stand-up mudroom bench/locker piece. While the project required adding materials in addition to the original old dresser, you can't argue with the results.  It's a beautiful piece for any mudroom.
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Old Dresser Becomes a Gorgeous Bench

Old Dresser Becomes a Gorgeous Bench

You have to hand it some people and their ingenuity. This is definitely the case with Gail Wilson's conversion of an old dresser into a gorgeous white bench as show above. Fortunately for us, Gail provides us detailed steps with plenty of images at her awesome website My rePurposed Life.
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DIY Dresser to Attractive White Desk

DIY Dresser to Attractive White Desk

This ain't your regular dresser refurbishing.  Here's a project taking a run-of-the-mill dresser and creating a beautiful desk.  Pretty smart. Alicia at Thrifty & Chic completely changed the dresser into an attractive and functional desk.
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DIY Old Dresser into Useful Tool Chest

DIY Old Dresser into Useful Tool Chest

I think this is a great use of an old dresser.  If in need of  a tool chest, why not turn an old dresser into a tool chest. This project was completed by Allison at The Golden Sycamore.
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Dresser Drawers Repurposed into Floating Shelves

Dresser Drawers Repurposed into Floating Shelves

Here's a delightfully simple way to repurpose an old dresser into something super useful and pleasing to the eye. All you need is the drawers from an old dresser which are then used as floating shelves. You can paint them and hang them. Check out this as one example of pretty much unlimited options with respect to colors, patterns, photos, etc. => Read the full the post at VickyChrisman's blog.
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Reminder: if you know of any terrific dresser project ideas that should be added to this collection, please contact us.