I’m almost as excited about this project as I am about the new website.

Are you loving it?

I LOVE it!   (happy wiggle in my seat)

You’ll  love this too….

My Step-Dad found this dresser at the side of the road on garbage day.

Truthfully – garbage day!  I know it doesn’t look like much here, but it’s FAR from the worst piece of furniture I’ve ever tackled.

The drawers needed the rails tightened and/or adjusted and the piece had a few nicks and scratches, but this was a piece that could easily be painted and flipped with minimal effort.

Not for me though.  I’ve done a lot of dressers, and the novelty is gone.

Plus, I really can’t think of another place to put a dresser in my house and I don’t want a finished piece sitting in the garage all winter where the moisture might ruin any work I put in.

BUT, I do need a place to store our outdoor gear.

Our house doesn’t have a closet at the front door.  We have a giant mudroom, but  we actually use the front door the most and so everything gets dropped in my front hallway.  What I need(ed) was a storage unit – to house hats and mitts.  To get my purse off of the floor, keep our keys handy and even house a backpack or two.

That’s where this makeover begins…

old dresser with all drawers removed.  Two overlay arrows indicating where rails have been removed


If you’re going to try a project like this, first thing you have to do is find baskets or bins.  They can get pretty pricey, so it seems a bit silly to pay more in baskets than you would for the entire piece.  In this case, Ikea had some neat wicker ones and they were only $6.99 Cdn each, so I worked with those measurements to configure the new cabinet.

I wanted a section to tuck my purse and the girls’ backpacks into, so I removed the two top drawer sections.  No fancy technique, I just hammered the rails until they broke and removed them.

The bottom sections were actually the perfect size to fit the 6″ high baskets I’d been eyeballing, so no adjustments needed to be made there (remember though that your opening has to be the height of the baskets PLUS the depth of the MDF insert going in to create the shelf.)  In this case I had an 8″ opening to work with.

Dresser shell sanded down


Like all makeovers, this baby needed a good sanding to get down to the bare bones.  Sixty grit to get out the large nicks and scratches and remove the years of furniture polish and varnish, then 100 grit, 180 grit and a nice smoothing with 220 grit.

I got a bit excited and decided to try out a coat of grey paint to see how it would look before Hubby inserted the shelves in for me.  Wasn’t quite the colour I wanted, but it acted as a nice primer for later coats, so it all worked out.  We ended up taking the back off of the dresser to slide the new MDF shelves into place.  I was just easier and they tucked nicely inside the front lip.

Backless dresser with mdf shelves in place of drawers

Fill in the gaps with some wood filler and sand smooth.

Once your wood filler is nice and dry, paint.  In this case a darker grey on the outside and a nice greige for the inside.

(negative 10 degrees celsius – 14 degrees farenheit – meant that an area heater was needed to keep both the paint and painter from freezing)

Backless dresser painted grey on the outside and beige inside

Just tap the tacks to put the backing back on and check out my new console unit!


Finished dresser/console with section holding purse and levels holding wicker baskets


I have a section to tuck my purse in (off of the floor) the girls’ backpacks will fit or, as it is here, I can keep a separate basket for mail.

section of the dresser housing purse, mail basket and topiary

Baskets to hold everyone’s hats and mitts tucked below, and there’s even a basket to house Lacey’s leash and poop bags so they aren’t laying on the floor either.

Dresser turned cabinet 47


Dresser was free, paint was leftover from other projects and the baskets were $6.99 each – so for a whopping total of $34.95, I have an organized mini-mudroom.


finished dresser unit turned hall console


Bet you didn’t see that coming eh?

before and after photo of dresser turned console unit


Have a great one!


Joke: "I just replaced the cat litter with 44 packages of pop rocks... and now we wait.


Linked to: