12 Great Ideas To Breathe New Life Into An Old Dresser

Maybe it was just the way my family raised me, but I really like being frugal with my money. I don't like to spend frivolously (other than on food, but that's a story for another day), and I hate throwing out old items that could still have a use. That old glass jar of store-bought tomato sauce becomes my new "dirty grease" jar, the socks with the holes in them become my new dust rags, and so on and so forth. 

These are some small examples, but the thing that really tears me up to throw out is old furniture. If it's got a few chips or dings in it, but it's still functional, I say put it in a back room or try to spruce it up again. While I'm not the handiest guy in the world, I can definitely follow instructions. Thankfully, the internet is filled with people who are a lot more clever than I am, and a lot of them are kind enough to share their ideas with others! 

If you've got an old dresser lying around the house, or if you found a great deal at a yard sale, here are 12 brilliant ideas for DIY projects to bring new life to it and give it a new purpose. Best of all, these are all generally easy enough for just about anyone to attempt.

1. Kitchen Island 

Better Homes and Gardens

A kitchen island is so useful to have for added storage and counter space. If you've always dreamt of having an island, but couldn't bring yourself to spring a few hundred bucks for the furniture store model, this project is a dream come true.

2. Dog Bed


Spoil your favorite furry friend by making them a comfortable space to unwind worthy of royalty. Learn more here.

3. Accent Bench


Turn an old dresser into an adorable (and functional) accent piece! A little paint, some elbow grease, and some cute cushions, you can't go wrong. Here's how.

4. Dollhouse


If you ever had to buy toys for a little girl, you'll quickly realize that dollhouses are crazy expensive. Make the kids happy without breaking the bank with this project that turns an old dresser into a gorgeous dollhouse.


5. Coffee Station

Apartment Therapy

If you, like millions of other adults across the world, worship the glorious entity that is caffeine with a semi-religious fervor every morning, why not turn an old dresser into a coffee station? The Coffee Gods will be pleased with your new altar, and verily they shalt provide copious energy while warding away jitters and heartburn.

6. Entertainment Center

Glenn Harris

It doesn't take a whole lot more than a good coat of paint and some imagination to convert a dresser into an entertainment station. The dresser drawers and shelves transition from storing old socks to DVD's quite naturally.

7. Mud Room Storage

Decorating Your Small Space

Even though it's called a "mud" room, you still don't want a big ol' mess in it. This unique project took a dresser and turned it into a combination coat rack/bench/storage space. How's that for multi-tasking?

8. Rolling Beverage Station


Much like the coffee station, this is a great idea to keep various beverages (alcoholic and otherwise) stored safely and stylishly. This project is especially great with summer coming up, so that you and your guests can easily enjoy fresh drinks outdoors.

9. Bathroom Sink

The Owner Builder Network

If you're feeling a little more accomplished and adventurous with your DIY, why not try turning a dresser into a sink? This is definitely not a project for total beginners to start with since it also involves plumbing work, but it's definitely worth a try. Learn more here.


10. Indoor/Outdoor Garden


Don't have much yard space (or any at all), but still wanna use your green thumb? Convert a used dresser into a DIY planter. You can put it outside to maximize vertical space in your tiny yard, or bring it indoors! This could easily be the most interesting conversation piece in just about any home.

11. Kitchen Hutch

The Budget Decorator

Just like kitchen islands, kitchen hutches are also not cheap to buy. Apparently, it just costs a lot to buy storage for your kitchen, which is why DIY solutions are often centered around the kitchen. Here's how you can reinvent an old dresser into a chic, rustic-looking hutch.

12. Window Bench


Turn a dresser into a cute little bench and place it by a window to create the ultimate reading/relaxing nook. You can even keep your books in the drawers!

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