Dressers are no longer just for the bedroom! With a boom in salvaging older pieces of furniture, old dressers have been reinvented as storage for any space and any room.
When I found this incredible walnut dresser on Kijiji last year I knew that I had finally found the piece that I had been searching for. I had been looking for a large, long, solid piece that would fit into the space that I use for painting at the end of my kitchen. The mid-century dresser was in pretty rough shape, full of cobwebs, chipped veneer and quite dated, but I knew that it was perfect for what I needed!
I set to work removing all of the old hardware (they looked like airplane wings!) and gave it a good cleaning. I decided to use Coco Chalk paint from Annie Sloan on this piece and chose Coco as it blended well with my Kitchen and the flooring.
Once I had the dresser painted and lightly distressed, I filled the holes from the old hardware (just on the large drawers) and sanded them down once dry. I would normally do this before painting but couldn’t decide on hardware for this piece so left it until after. Once I had decided on the new hardware, I taped the drawers and marked where the new holes needed to go. I always use a strip of painters tape so that I can level and mark the holes before drilling. Painters tape not only removes easily but allows me to make sure that the holes are in the perfect space before drilling.
I wanted to add a little bit of character to the piece but didn’t want it to stand out too much so added little wrought iron birds down the centre and larger, simpler handles on the sides. I gave the birds a little paint job and distressed them to give them an aged look. The long handles I left as is because they reminded me of twigs and branches. 🙂
I am so thrilled with this piece as it turned out just as I had imagined and is exactly what I had wanted to store all of my miscellaneous supplies, books and brushed in.
Have you used a dresser in an unconventional way? I’d love to hear about it and see some pictures!