Tuesday 6 March 2012

Dresser to Bench

Have you ever been just so excited by a project you couldn't stop till you had it done? and then done just right? 
The other day I was looking around at all the blogs and something caught my eye. 
The wonderful women over at 
Chic Staging had created something that just made me itch to try it. 
You can see it HERE 
 Isn't she just the cutest bench? 
I was soooooooo in luv!!
So I contacted Kamille and asked her if she minded me "stealing" her idea. She was so gracious and kind and gladly gave me her blessing. 
Lucky for me. I didn't have to search any farther than my own workshop for a dresser that would work wonderfully for this. 

 Isn't this wonderful? 
Top was all cut up and one of the drawers was missing. 
Honestly I felt bad for the guy selling this. He had no idea what to do with it and it was strapped together with wires. I wish I had taken a pic of it in it's original shape. This was after a bit of fixing up. 
I'm getting off topic here. (I do that at times...lol) 
So here she is all dressed up (don't mind the pillows. I ran into my daughters room and stole some from her reading nook. 

Isn't she sweet? 

 I primed, painted, glazed, then distressed and sealed it.
 These handles came off another project, and are at least 100 years old. I thought they went perfectly with this.

 I decided to finish the back as well so it can be put anywhere and still look good.
 Original wooden key holes, and the locking mechanism still works! I love that :)
 I added lots of trim to dress it up just a bit. :)

 So what do you think? Even my 22 year old 6'3" son loves it! That is saying a lot! lol
Now I have another one that I was thinking of doing the same thing to, but different colour. However my husband just informed me he has his own idea on what he wants to do with that one. 
This could be interesting...lol 


  1. It looks great. I've seen several of these around. Love the way you added all the detail! Great job!


  2. Thanks for the post! Again, great job!

  3. I like it - what creativity out of a piece that was destined for parts or firewood.

  4. just recognized you for having an awesome blog that inspires me - http://thesmithgarage.blogspot.com/2012/03/check-out-some-of-great-blogs-i-follow.html - with the Liebster Blog Award. Thank you.

  5. I love, love, love this. I love the color, and all the trim accents. I'd love for you to share this at my link party. It runs Tues-Sat. http://adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com/2012/03/terrific-tuesdays-5.html

  6. Looks great - I love the color and the creativity.

  7. Now I wish I had an old 'fallin apart' dresser. I love it........so creative, even if you did borrow the idea.

    Hey, Im your newest follower, so please, please come visit me and maybe follow back??? 8-)

    1. Thank you :) I'm heading over to check out your blog now :)

  8. absolutely love your bench. A really creative idea and I think yours turned out better than the one you copied.

  9. Just found your blog today!!
    I am still exploring, but had to comment on his bench, LOVE IT!!!!

  10. What a great idea. It looks beautiful! Wonderful job. :)

  11. This came out fantastic. Thanks for sharing at Furniture Friday. You have been featured here:



  12. it is so cute! As your son, i love it as well! Your things are so creative and you gave me ideas for some furniture I have... <3

  13. I've been wanting to try one of these for awhile, but not sure I can do it. Yours is fantastic!

  14. So very pretty! I'm pinning this one!

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  16. I love this idea and your bench is fab!!! I have made benches from old bed frames but never thought of using a dresser. You have so much storage and it is so very unique, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!
    I am your newest follower and I would love to have you follow me back. My husband and I are celebrating our 37th wedding anniversary tomorrow and we are having a give-a-way on his blog, so come visit and join the fun. It's a $25 gift card to amazon.com. who couldn't use that, right? . . . you can buy lots of sandpaper for your projects :)
    Have a great week.
    Your newest blogging sister, Connie :)