Re-Purposing An Old Dresser Into A Bench/Credenza

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In our house we have always had a credenza placed behind our couch so that I have a place to set my wine while watching shows and everyone else has a place for EVERYTHING that shouldn’t be there….This credenza also acts a way to separate our entrance-way from our living room and to give everyone a place to take off hats, gloves, shoes, backpacks… pants… EVERYTHING!! Lets just say the credenza, which was actually a crappy old dresser, was well used and needed a serious upgrade! This thing needed a major overhaul! Keep reading to see how to re-purpose and old dresser into a bench!

Re-purpose your dresser into a bench

Getting started!

I haven’t put on my CRAFT HAT, so to speak, for quite awhile so I was nervous to begin this project. It’s literally been 15 years since I broke out an electric saw to do more than whack at some annoying branches…luckily I was able to goad coax my husband into being my slave helping me with the transformation!

Re-purpose your dresser into a benchAs you can see, our dresser-denza had seen better days! I took this picture after i had already begun and had taken most of the drawers out, all of which never stayed on their tracks… The doors in the center were missing a piece of glass courtesy of my now 5 years old and the thing was HUGE! It left no room for people to get shoes off without plopping on the floor in front of everyone else who needed to come inside.

First things first, I took off the back of the dresser in jiffy about an hour…I never thought a piece of flimsy non-wood could need so many frgggin’ staples! Or that a one year old could make this task so hard…

Re-purpose your dresser into a bench

After we muscled the sucker outside and I smashed the remaining glass in the door, we started trying to figure out how to physically support the changes we wanted to make. We finally decided on making the entire back of our “bench” out of ply wood which would give the entire thing a nice, firm foundation.

Re-purpose your dresser into a bench

We measured a piece of plywood (actually we ended up with 1/2 particle board) for the center and attached it exactly in the middle, ending where the drawer would have begun. Then we broke out the circular saw and cut straight across the top. To cut the side we had to stand the dresser on it’s side and do a little juggling, but with a little muscle we were able to cut the side with a circular saw as well and had the first area for our bench done! Holy cow, we were actually doing it! I was seriously a bit freaked out by the fact that we hadn’t screwed anything up yet…and by how much saw-dust was in my bra…

making progress/taking shape!

Re-purpose your dresser into a bench

If you decide to attempt this bench, be sure to save the top section that you saw off on each side. This will easily drop down and become the seats of your bench.

Re-purpose your dresser into a bench
Please excuse my three-nager, he doesn’t think clothes are a necessity for life…he’s not wrong, but still…

Once we got each section for the bench correctly cut, we attached the rest of the ply-wood particle board to make it extra heavy sturdy. From here, we had to start thinking about some more support. I was convinced that it needed more support for the sitting areas, however my husband thought I was a dumbass cute girly girl, and simply watched while I started shoring up  the sides and bottom with extra pieces of wood I had taken from the drawers. We used the sawed of side pieces to create bottoms for the sections under the bench where I wanted to put cute, lady-like, baskets that the kids hide gross crap in would make me look fancy…

Re-purpose your dresser into a bench

After we felt that everything was shored up, we made a couple small adjustments to sections we had cut from the top of the dresser that would now become the seat of benches. This was ridiculously simple and quick and I found that most of my shoring was, in fact, unnecessary. The bench seat fit easily and was rock solid.

Next we hit up Lowes for some cheap, decorative siding that we found in the molding section. This was a little more tricky, We used the table saw to cut the molding to the correct dimensions and then cut straight up and stopped before the decoration section. Here we had to use a hacksaw to get the little grooves and everything to fit correctly…My husband We REALLY needs to invest a in a Jig Saw so I can force him in to even more annoying projects!

Re-purpose your dresser into a bench

Once the pretty molding was attached (we used tiny, baby nails), we were done with the hard, construction aspect of the project! It took only 8 hours and we had created an awesome, functional bench for our entry way!

I, being the annoying wonderful wife that I am, thanked my husband profusely for helping me with all the sawing, cutting, banging and especially for insisting we build and construct in his garage gym rather than let me bake in the sun all day. So much LAVA for my hubs!

The finishing touches!

The next day I took to the task of painting. I decided that I needed some good paint that would endure the constant smacking of 6 children and so bought some high gloss, hard drying, paint for the sections that I wanted to turn white. I also bought some Restor-a-Finish as I didn’t want to undertake the task of stripping ALL the wood and redoing it. I sanded all the places I wanted to paint white and used the finish repair to shine up and hide the imperfections of the wood I was leaving alone.

Here it is! I used a little bit of calk and wood glue to hide any places that we weren’t PERFECT at cutting and I think it turned out fantastic!

Re-purpose your dresser into a bench

What do you all think? I am so happy with how this project turned! It actually looks so good that i makes everything else near t look like crap…on to the next project!

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Fabulous Amazon Friday’s: Kids’ Valentine’s Day Stuff

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Welcome once again to Fabulous Amazon Friday’s! i love amazon, it’s such a great place to find fun, cheap items!

With Valentines Day around the corner I figured we better some lovey dovey stuff…

This week I am featuring 10 Valentine’s Day items for the little people in your life.  Not gifts though, these are books and super fun crafts so that you children can participate in spreading the love to family, friends, neighbors, WHOEVER! Continue reading “Fabulous Amazon Friday’s: Kids’ Valentine’s Day Stuff”

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Best DIY, Boozy Holiday Gifts

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I don’t know about you, but I get a bit stressed about giving gifts. Will it be something they like? Will my budget be blown? Do I have time to “DIY” something special? UGH!!! As if the holidays weren’t stressful enough, right?

Here are the gifts that will melt all the stress away! Cheap, easy, DIY, from the heart, and who doesn’t like booze?! Continue reading “Best DIY, Boozy Holiday Gifts”

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DIY Holiday Card Display

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Holiday Cards are so much fun to receive. I love all the festive colors, characters, images of loved ones with Santa, and I very much dislike hiding them away in a box never to be seen again.wp_20161204_19_58_57_pro

I have spent years propping them up on every available surface; cluttering shelves and tacking them to walls so I find the same joy in the days leading to Christmas that I did when I first received them.

This method is neither efficient nor aesthetically pleasing, however, so I have been on a hunt for a better way. I decided to get a little crafty and see what I could cook up without breaking my budget or my time constraints.

Because Target is ‘da BOMB,  I headed to the dollar area and scoured each bin for suitable paraphernalia. I came out with 5 sets of 8 absolutely adorable, tiny, holiday themed clothes pins and some red and green entwined yarn. Easy as pie and twice as cheap as I spend less than $10!

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I then spend about 10 minutes cutting the correct amount of string and choosing where I wanted to display my favorite cards. I spent waaaayy more time deciding which cards to hang up first.
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I threw a couple bows over the pins I put through the yarn into the wall and Voila! A perfect way to display my holiday cards, my kids’ Santa pics, and anything else holiday themed!

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How do you display your holiday cards?

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2 Simple, Cheap and Easy Thanksgiving Crafts For Kids

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The holidays always bring out my crafty side. I love getting my kids involved in anything hands on, especially if I can teach them lessons at the same time. These two crafts are both basedo n getting children to think about what they are thankful for, about what they have that many other people in the world don’t. Continue reading “2 Simple, Cheap and Easy Thanksgiving Crafts For Kids”

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The “Giving” Advent Calendar

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Each year I try to come up with a great way to get my children excited about giving back to their community. Last year they decorated a a cardboard box and I placed it in my work and bothered my co-workers incessantly to fill it up. We had great success with this and my children loved driving to a center downtown to donate everything to people in need.

This year, however, I want the giving to be a bit more hands-on on their part. I want THEM to give. Continue reading “The “Giving” Advent Calendar”

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$5 Baby Bag O’ Popcorn Costume

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I absolutely love Halloween. Not only do I get to shove candy in my mouth all night long with no judgement, but dressing up has always been one of my favorite pastimes. Now that I have added children to the mix, I enjoy watching them dress up as their favorite characters even more. However, through the first four children I have to admit that I was a little stumped when it came to costumes for infants.

Babies are hard to dress no matter what. Throw them in a bulky costume and they basically dissolve into the fabric and you can’t figure out what they are of if they are even in there! Not to mention that in my neck of the woods, Halloween is cold, so it’s hard to show of your baby’s cute costume while they are covered in blankets or folded into themselves in the stroller.

My first son I managed to fashion a decent soldier costume in honor of his uncle picmonkey-collagewho graduated boot-camp that October. For my daughter I bought a run of the mill bear suit and attempted to jazz it up with some flowers and bows. My third I made into a super hero using a superman shirt and blue pants with a red cloth diaper on top. Number 4 got a mummy sleep and play as a gift and I called it good. We ended up covering him up with a snow suit anyway to keep him warn so you couldn’t even tell how cute he was as a mummy! Continue reading “$5 Baby Bag O’ Popcorn Costume”

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5 Halloween Crafts For Kids

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These super simple Halloween crafts are great fun for kids of all ages, easy on your budget, and are wonderful keepsakes. In this post you will learn how to make Spooky Spiders out of milk jug tops,  pumpkins and ghosts from felt pieces, Salt Dough keepsakes, A Day of the Dead Garland, and Simple footprint ghosts that will help make your home ready for Halloween for years to come! Continue reading “5 Halloween Crafts For Kids”

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