Dull dresser, to darling bench

Once in a while I come across a piece of furniture that just makes me feel "blah". There's no zip. No zing. Nada. This is fairly unusual, as I've got a pretty good insta-imagination when it comes to seeing beyond the ugly and picturing the hidden gem. Every so often though, there is a piece that stumps me, and such was the case with this dresser. So I sit, and stare at it for a while...and then it hits me: Up-cycle! 

And then I get excited. REALLY excited!

If you're new to the whole repurposed furniture trend, I gotta tell you, there's no thrill like it if you're into this kinda game. Sure it takes some extra time and work, but in the end you're left with a one-of-a-kind item that you've custom retrofitted.

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The first thing I did was remove the top two drawers and the top slider bars and supports along the inside of the dresser. I left the one that you see just above the bottom drawer, and you'll see why shortly.

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Next I used my sawzall to cut along the seams of the top of the dresser. There were nails in there holding it do the sides, and the sawzall cut right through those. 

 

Im' recycling a pic here since I only have a few pictures. I will try my best to explain as it's pretty straight forward. I reused the dresser top for the bench seat. So the reason I left the support frames above the bottom drawer, is because that is what I placed my bench seat on top of. 

 

Once the top was removed, I ripped off the thin cardboard backing and replaced the back with some textured boards to give it support and to pretty it up a bit! 

 

I then decided the top was too flat and boring for my tastes, so I used my jigsaw to cut out a pretty and curvey embellishment piece to go on top of the boards at the back.

 

 

I also decided the remaining drawer needed something extra, so I added a trim box to the front. Then I painted her up, put some new knobs on, and voila! I know that wasn't the world's best tutorial, but hopefully it gave you a little insight to the process! 

There's always a little something that I can find to nitpick about my work, but overall I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out. It sold really fast too! I think the best advice I can give you is if you want to try something like this but have never really "built" anything before,  go find yourself a junky ugly piece that you can test the waters on! That way there's no sob fest if it doesn't turn out the way you had hoped, and no big cost lost for you. Go get em tiger!

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