Upcycling is transforming something worn out or worthless into something better or new. It's the art of turning trash into treasure. When you upcycle a dresser, you can do a cosmetic makeover or repurpose it for completely different use. Here are 25 ways to upcycle your dresser.
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Change the Color With PaintContinue to 2 of 25 below.
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Upcycle It as a Home Bar
Upcycling doesn't get any better than this yard sale dresser turned beverage station. The finished bar includes cutouts to keep bottles in place and a trough for icing down drinks. The creators at Bliss Ranch use it on their patio during parties, but it would work equally well indoors, as a home bar or in the kitchen as a coffee station.Continue to 3 of 25 below.
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Install Nailhead Trim
Give a simple dresser instant style by adding decorative nailhead trim. For straight-line designs, you can opt for easy-to-install nailhead-trim strips. Even better, use individual upholstery nails to create a shape. This lovely nailhead vanity design by Girl in the Garage that spans the drawer fronts.Continue to 4 of 25 below.
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Turn It Into a Rolling Tool Chest
This rolling tool cabinet beauty by Crafty Nest beats a boring metal tool chest any day. Given turquoise paint and sleek new hardware, this weathered chest of drawers it is pretty enough for indoor use. The side handles and wheels make it easy to roll from place to place.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Restore the Wood
At some point in its history, this antique chest was refinished with a thick stain and varnish that hid the wood's natural characteristics. When Saw Nail and Paint's Susan stripped it, the grain regained the starring role. The navy paint on the case adds interest and draws the eye to the restored drawer fronts.Continue to 6 of 25 below.
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Use False Drawer Fronts for a Flat-File Look
The flat-file drawers in antique dental, map, and specimen cabinets are gorgeous, but the pieces are pricey. Kristine from The Painted Hive got the look for lots less. She started with a three-drawer laminate chest, the kind you have to assemble. With new drawer fronts, label pulls, and a chalkboard-paint finish, it's unrecognizable now and has faux specimen drawers.Continue to 7 of 25 below.
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Make a Drop-Front Secretary Desk
Need an inexpensive desk? In My Own Style's Diane made a secretary-style version out of a small chest. In addition to its drop-front work surface, it has a tray top and drawer fronts that look like a card catalog. Though this piece started out as an IKEA Tarva, you could upcycle a thrift store or yard sale chest as well.Continue to 8 of 25 below.
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Add Large-Scale GraphicsContinue to 9 of 25 below.
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Turn It Into a TV StandContinue to 10 of 25 below.
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Decoupage the Drawer FrontsContinue to 11 of 25 below.
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Make DIY Drawer PullsContinue to 12 of 25 below.
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Upcycle It as a Bathroom VanityContinue to 13 of 25 below.
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Mix and Match the Hardware
This antique chest has a great shape and its new charcoal-gray paint makes it look super sophisticated. The real star, however, is the mix-and-match hardware. Number Fifty-Three's Angela chose pulls with similar finishes and shapes, so the mix doesn't overwhelm the piece. It's still formal, but it's fun too.Continue to 14 of 25 below.
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Make a Child's Play Table and StoolsContinue to 15 of 25 below.
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Add Interest With O'verlays
O'verlays are paintable fretwork panels designed to add raised detail to furniture surfaces. Sarah Hearts gave this IKEA Malm dresser a serious style boost when she added O'verlays to some of the drawer fronts. Her tall, narrow chest got a matching makeover. Placed together, they look like a single piece.Continue to 16 of 25 below.
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Repurpose It as a Kitchen IslandContinue to 17 of 25 below.
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Keep It Sleek With LacquerContinue to 18 of 25 below.
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Repurpose It as a Hall TableContinue to 19 of 25 below.
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Add Bright Color, but Just a Bit
Some rooms (and tastes) aren't suited for big, bright pieces of painted furniture. That doesn't mean you have to stick with neutrals. Just use the brights sparingly in strategic places.Continue to 20 of 25 below.
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Use It for Bathroom Storage
If your bathroom needs more storage space, upcycle an old chest. The Salvaged Boutique sisters removed the top three drawers from this piece before lining the inside back with fabric. Now it's the perfect place for stacked towels and pretty perfume bottles. The bottom drawers remain intact for stashing bathroom stuff that's best unseen.Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Stencil a Design on the DrawersContinue to 22 of 25 below.
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Turn It Into a DeskContinue to 23 of 25 below.
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Give It the Rustic Industrial LookContinue to 24 of 25 below.
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Accent With Barely-There ColorContinue to 25 of 25 below.
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