10 New Uses for Old Dressers

The dresser is a sturdy staple of almost every bedroom, but daily wear and tear can put even the best one into disrepair. When it's time to for a new dresser, don't just toss away the old one like last year’s fashions. Instead, come up with a trendy way to repurpose it in your home. Dressers (obviously) have plenty of storage compartments, which can be great additions to spaces like the kitchen or living room. Even if your old dresser is slightly broken, it is easy to replace drawers with shelves, or even transform the dresser into a new piece of furniture. As a bonus, the spare dresser drawers themselves can be used as creative home accents. Click through our photo gallery to pull out a few ideas you can use in your own home.

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  1. Space for a Sink


    Make a big splash in the bathroom by repurposing an old dresser as a vanity. It is particularly easy to retrofit a dresser with a vessel sink—simply drill holes in the top for the drain and faucets. Be sure to use a water-resistant sealer on the wood to prevent rot and mold.


  2. Dressed for Dinner


    Dressers make ideal kitchen islands because they come with plenty of storage space and a flat surface that can be upgraded with granite or butcher block. To make your dresser even more at home in the kitchen, add storage hooks or a towel bar.

    Related:  12 Unique Designs for DIY Kitchen Islands

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  3. Drawer Decor


    Even if the bulk of an old dresser isn’t salvageable, the drawers can always be repurposed as wall shelves. Mount the drawers with their bottoms to the wall for a shadow-box effect, or jutting out from the wall lengthwise for deeper storage.


  4. Spring Wardrobe


    Consider moving an old dresser outdoors to create a tiered plant display. The drawers can hold a collection of potted plants or be filled directly with soil to create a large planter—but be sure to drill drainage holes in the bottom of each drawer.

    Related: 10 Inspired DIY Planters to Dress Up Your Garden


  5. Tune In


    A low horizontal dresser makes a great TV console. It can be easily converted to hold your cable box and DVD player by removing the top drawer or two, and it provides plenty of places to tuck unsightly wires and cords.


  6. No Monster Under the Bed


    Underbed storage calls for narrow containers, and dresser drawers are the perfect size for the job. Conceal your repurposed dressers under the bedding or show them off by painting them a bright color. Add casters to the bottom so the drawers can be easily moved.


  7. Open to New Possibilities


    A partially busted dresser can be repurposed by removing any broken or wobbly drawers and adding open shelves in their place. Voilà—a simple transformation that lets you store towels, kitchen supplies, toys, and more.


  8. Approach the Bench


    An old dresser can serve as the perfect frame for a square bench. Remove all but the lowest drawer, then saw the top off the dresser, along with any internal drawer supports. Cut a thick board to size and install it above the bottom drawer to create a seat. Add a cushion and coat of paint or stain for a finishing touch.


  9. A Place to Rest Your Dogs


    Old dresser drawers can be transformed into a cushy ottoman for tired feet—or pampered dogs! Just fill a drawer with a decorative cushion and attach small legs to the bottom.

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  10. Think Outside the Box


    Dresser drawers can be stacked together in endless combinations to construct unique storage. Try stacking them end to end and bolting them together to create a narrow bookshelf.


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