Have a heavy piece of furniture you just don't use much anymore (and is possibly just taking up some space)? You'll find inspiration in this surprising DIY that takes a forgotten-then-found old worn-out dresser and turns it into a cool and functional furniture piece for the kitchen!
Joseph picked this dresser up for $10 at a local thrift store, but wanted to do something special before it found a permanent home in his bedroom. After a lot of sanding, here's what he came up with...
Not having enough room in your closet for all your clothes isn't a failure of organization on your part (though if you find yourself with a lack of room in your closet, do try to declutter and re-organize first!). You can only fit so much, and having to share a small home with a partner or just having too small of a space could leave you needing some more clothes storage. We've got some sleek, modern wardrobes and armoires that might help store some clothes for you!
This heavy dresser found on Craigslist was sturdy, and Allison loved the clean lines and large, square drawer pulls. But she was not a fan of the yellow-ish finish (which she claims looked even worse in person). She hatched a plan to give this dresser a more modern, stylish look.
Nicole found this in a pile of furniture left for free, and immediately noticed its great shape. But, a banged up and scratched finish meant it would need refreshing. When she brought it home, she discovered that mismatching materials — light wood legs and a walnut veneer top — meant her original plan of staining wouldn't work. So she came up with a better idea that still preserved some of the great wood and lightened the whole piece up.
My parents bought this dresser over 30 years ago, but that doesn't exactly make it an heirloom. It's very sturdy, but the wood isn't anything special, the drawers fronts needed patching, and the sides are veneer. The price tag sold me: free.
Our favorite before and after projects are the ones that are downright unrecognizable after being transformed, and this project certainly fits the bill! Diane and her husband came across this dresser for cheap at a thrift store and decided to make it look like a type of furniture Diane had always wanted — only more practical!
Shannon needed an easy way to update a dresser she found boring, and cycled through several ideas of what to do with it. She has tons of materials stored at home, so the solution came one day when she simply opened a drawer. See what she had on hand, and what she did with the dresser:
We bet plenty of folks would have passed up this heavy laminate dresser, even if found in the "free" section of Craigslist. But not Breanna. She saw some creative potential for this forgotten furniture piece, instead transforming it into attractive and useful storage for a friend's kitchen!
Here are 10 secondhand staples you run into at thrift stores all the time, and 10 corresponding DIY projects to modernize them. Most are simple projects that are both do-able and transformative. Keep them in mind the next time you are wandering around a flea market, or in your favorite Goodwill.