Repurposed Dresser: Dresser, Toybox and Bookshelf in One!

*This is a post I wrote in June 2013 – one of my earlier blog posts.  When I moved my site from Blogger to WordPress a lot of my Pinterest links broke, so I’m attempting to update older posts with a few new photos and create new links on Pinterest.  If you were with me in June 2013, you may remember this – if not, I hope you enjoy!

I have several projects that I’m particularly proud of…
Some because of how inexpensively I bought them and/or how quickly I was able to ‘flip’ them.

Some because of the amount of work involved and the results achieved.

Some – and these are my favourites – because of how they’ve been repurposed.

This is one of those.
I mean, I think you’d call this a “re-purposed dresser”?  It is now used for something more than just a dresser?  
Kind of?

My daughter has a small bedroom.  11′ by 12′, but with a funny jut out into the room.
She has a small closet as well.
Between her bed, a dresser, a bookshelf and a desk, there isn’t much room left for her to play.

So I wanted needed to find a solution….
and this (not so) beautiful dresser came up on Kijiji.
Not particularly feminine.  Big and cumbersome…. but solid wood. 
The kind of dresser you can’t afford to buy anymore… unless it’s the $30 Kijiji kind.

So I repurposed it to fit my needs;

This repurposed dresser project was made in 2013, and now, in 2017 she still uses it! The finish has held up beautifully and while the books and toys have changed a bit, the functionality of this piece makes it one of my favourites ever.
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Updated image: January 2017

By removing the centre section of drawers and inserting an MDF shelf, I was able to give her a bookshelf right inside the dresser, then left a single drawer to act as her toy box.
Is that called ‘killing 3 birds with one stone’?  

This repurposed dresser is replacing 3 different piece of furniture – more space on a teeny-tiny budget.

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Updated image: January 2017

Now with Pinterest as my inspiration, you know I couldn’t waste the cupboard doors…

I added a couple of $3 handles and turned it into a serving tray.

The extra drawers from our repurposed dresser had castors attached to them and we use them as under-bed storage!

The girls got to refinish these themselves:

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Updated image: January 2017

It’s kind of like eating the turkey and then using the bones to make soup…
All the bits were used up!

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Updated image: January 2017

Maximum storage for a small bedroom!

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Have a great one!

 

2018-06-18T13:39:52-04:00January 28th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, DECOR, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Anonymous July 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    great ideas Shelly. Love the blog. :)

  2. Kari July 4, 2013 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    You amaze me… so wonderful…. love how this turned out! Bravo!

  3. Pre-Tween Girl's Bedroom Makeover February 10, 2016 at 2:00 am - Reply

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