Three ways to repurpose any dresser!

Three ways to repurpose any dresser!

Do you have a nasty old dresser hanging around? Don’t be so quick to toss it. It has more life in it left than you might realize.

“But Lindsey” you say, “my dresser looks like it was attacked by a bear. It’s a piece of garbage. Garbage would consider it garbage.”

Not so, my friend. Check out how Gail repurposed this badly beaten-up specimen:

Aqua Bookcase Before

Aqua Bookcase from a repurposed dresser


Ohhh yeah. She took out the drawers, stacked them up vertically, and made a bookcase!

What happened to the rest of the dresser? Would you believe it also became a bookcase? Check out Gail’s blog at My Repurposed Life to see!


“Ok, well what about this?” you ask. “I have an cheaptastic Craigslist dresser made from particle board and glue. I absolutely hate it, but at least it holds a lot of stuff.  Is there any hope for me?”

Shush my dear. Of course there is. Mindi also had a junky dresser on her hands, and about 10,000 toys and video games at her feet. Awesomely, one problem solved the other when she used the dresser to create a video game storage unit.

Video Game Storage Before

Video Game Storage from a repurposed dresser

Wait, what? How is it so perfectly narrow? She couldn’t have just tipped the dresser on its side. Did she saw it in half? Did she secretly buy this piece brand new and is only pretending to have created it from that old dresser? Is she a DIY DECEIVER?

No, nope, and of course not. She actually only used the drawers, just like Gail! She attached them together, turned them on their side, trimmed everything out, added doors and hardware, and stained it, BAM. Check out her blog My Love 2 Create and see just how many toys and games she was able to fit in there!


“Wow, I’m feeling it!” you exclaim. “There really is hope for every disgusto garbagedresser!”

Yes! You are seeing the light! Let me blow your mind one last time with this makeover from Corey, who has never seen a dresser she didn’t imagine as something infinitely better.

Gray Mini Mudroom Organizer Before

gray repurposed dresser

Yes, that before dresser and this after storage unit are one and the same. I can hardly believe it either! See the how-to at Sawdust 2 Stitches, then get busy making magic to your own super sad dresser today! I know you’ve got one somewhere.



  1. Stephanie
    March 4, 2016 / 2:39 PM

    I LOVE that last one. Wow! People are super creative.

    ***Totally off topic. Are you going to do the “Mystery Thrift Off” this year? Please, please! That was so much fun to see all the entries and ideas and I really, really, really want to be selected to transform something.*** ***Make it easier on yourself and let the participants find something themselves.*** Ok, I am done. 🙂

  2. March 4, 2016 / 3:40 PM

    I feel like all these dresser makeovers are WAY above my skill level 🙂
    To chime in on the Mystery Thrift-off, I think you should match people and have them each find an item and mail it to the other. Less work for you. They can email you a photo first so you can approve the item.
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  3. Stephanie
    March 4, 2016 / 3:44 PM

    Hey I just looked over the dresser pictures again. The first makeover was done with only the dresser drawers!!!! Wow! Totally missed that at first but then I read your captions. Great, great job!

    ***Great idea Elaine on the Mystery Thrift-off”! ***

  4. March 6, 2016 / 10:04 AM

    I would not have though to put something on it’s side. My fave is the second one. I like rustic. and I have a small house so narrow storage is pretty great! Really neat projects for all of them.
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