Skip to main content Skip to header navigation

How to upcycle a dresser

In honor of Earth Day, we’re celebrating those brave, crafty connoisseurs who make new uses of old items. So whether you’re refashioning your mother’s old dresser or came across a garage sale gem you’re dying to redesign, here are some clever upcycles to give you inspiration.

Dresser made into kitchen island

Kitchen island

It seems like some areas of the house can never have too much storage. The kitchen is one such area, and Cassity at Remodelaholic, with the help of Sweet November blogger, has found a way to transform a bulky dresser into a chic addition to the kitchen.Dresser made into kitchen island

You will need:

  • Dresser with drawers (they found theirs for $45 on Craigslist)
  • Paint thinner
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint primer
  • Spray paint (it’s inexpensive and quicker than regular paint)
  • Optional: new hardware, casters

Step 1:

Sand the entire dresser, paying special attention to the top. Be sure to take the drawers out and sand all the edges as well.

Step 2:

Prime the drawers and outside of the dresser (not the top).

Step 3:

Paint! They used spray paint because it’s inexpensive and easy to change. Leave the top bare.

Step 4:

Distress drawers and outside of the dresser with sandpaper.

Step 5:

Add stain over the distressed areas so it’s not strikingly different in color.

Step 6 (optional):

Add new hardware and casters to make the kitchen island mobile.

This project was tallied from start to finish and came in at a total of $169.45.

Up next: Dresser facelift >>

Leave a Comment