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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Tidbits To Remember When My Children Are Grown

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Life is a roller coaster of ups and downs, bad decisions and good, regrets and triumphs.  Looking back at my own childhood, I have so much sympathy for what my parents endured. While they were on a journey that took them down a different path than my own jaunt so far, I see many parallels between our lives, our adventures and misfortunes.

I also see many areas that I want to learn from. Not necessarily mistakes that they made, but small divergences from the path I want to remain on, that I hope not to repeat. These lessons are not just from observing my own family and experiences, but from friends and even strangers I have watched along the way.

Knowing how my mind works (meaning it doesn’t) I think it prudent to write down these lessons, these little tidbits of advice for my future self. Seeing as I can barely find the sunglasses on my head…

Remember Your Younger Self

Remember how hard childhood can be, how difficult it is to try and discover yourself and be your own person. Remember that you feared becoming your mother as a teenager….

Continue reading “Tidbits To Remember When My Children Are Grown”

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I’m Not F*$#ing Hormonal!

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As women, we have all heard it: “Is it that time of the month?” “Your hormones are raging!” “Pregnancy must be so hard emotionally with all those hormones” “Watch out, she’s super hormonal right now…”

Well, I’m here to tell you, WE’RE NOT F*$#ING HORMONAL!

You assume that because I am more upset than usual, it must be hormones, or because I yell at you when I would usually just accept circumstances as they are, that I must be mid-PMS or my preggie hormones are raging. Can you guess which finger I’m pointing at you? Continue reading “I’m Not F*$#ing Hormonal!”

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Mother’s Day is For Mom’s: “Pet Mama’s” Move Aside!

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May is just around the corner, and with it comes a day that every mommy looks forward to: Mother’s Day.

Mom’s spend a lot of time doing a lot of thankless tasks throughout the year, we are yelled at by the tiny people we are trying to rear and clean up the same mess 10 times a day simply to do it all again tomorrow.

On Mother’s day, our tiny humans thank us with cards and extra kisses, our spouses shower us in relaxation and breakfast made by anyone but mom.

It’s a wonderful day, just for MOMS. For the women who have created life inside their own bodies or chosen to spend their lives raising children they married into or were fortunate enough to adopt.

We deserve this day.

Which is why, while I search through the card aisle for the perfect card for my own mother, who has put up with 34 years of ME, I get pretty annoyed with the card category entitled “Pet Mom.” Continue reading “Mother’s Day is For Mom’s: “Pet Mama’s” Move Aside!”

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20 Things I Do In A Day To Ruin My Kids’ Lives: Part 1

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While my main goal is to get my children through each day without dying, I apparently am slowing killing their souls with my every action.

The amount of crying, whining, groaning, incessant wailing, and foot stomping indicates that I am constantly working towards their inevitable destruction.

In order to slowly ruin my children’s lives each day, I make them: Continue reading “20 Things I Do In A Day To Ruin My Kids’ Lives: Part 1”

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7 Reasons Nothing Gets Done At My House

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Have you ever tried to finish or even start a much anticipated project and come up against a wall every time to try to start?

I have about 10 million projects around and within my house that I am anxious to complete, or just begin! Yet, there always seems to be something that keeps me from turning my house into the home of my dreams….Let’s start with POOP… Continue reading “7 Reasons Nothing Gets Done At My House”

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5 Pregnancy Side Effects to Fall in Love With

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The making of life is an event for celebration and awe. More often than not, however, we become so embroiled in the discomfort that pregnancy brings throughout all 9  months (check out my article “5 Things You Didn’t Expect About Morning Sickness“), that we forget the side effects of baby creation that are pretty amaze-balls! Continue reading “5 Pregnancy Side Effects to Fall in Love With”

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5 Things You Didn’t Expect About Morning Sickness

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Ah, morning sickness; because labor and delivery are so easy at the end of pregnancy SOMEONE (we won’t name names) decided that us women should have to go through a bit of a rough patch at the beginning of pregnancy to make up for it.

If you didn’t already know, “morning” sickness is a ginormous pile of crap. Whoever came up with that name is a wretched liar and should have horrible diarrhea for a long period of time…like 3 months at least.

Morning sickness is a term that refers to the constant, all day, all night nausea that accompanies the first three months of pregnancy. Glorious. NOT just the morning, people!

Lucky for us, or we would never get pregnant, whoever coined the term “morning sickness” didn’t know what he was talking about. He also forget to mention all the other wonderful things a woman can expect in the first trimester….

  1. Saint Bernard Syndrome- You thought drool would only be an issue when the baby was actually born? Think again and let the water works begin! As if barfing up a storm wasn’t bad enough, you can also expect to excrete massive amounts of saliva that make you want to spit like a camel or,  you guessed it, vomit some more!
  2. Gas- All those hormones rolling around your tummy are not only creating nausea on a massive scale, they are also building up burps and farts that can clear entire rooms! If my husband wasn’t already disgusted with my constant puking and lack of hygiene due to exhaustion, he pretty much wants to sleep downstairs with the noxious fumes my baby filled body can now emit. I must admit, I’m slightly proud….
  3. Pooping Problems- Have you ever had a poop the size, shape, and consistency of a baseball?  Well get ready because horrible constipation is one awesome side effect of the first trimester. Let me tell you, it hurts! It also contributes to extra nausea, cause you’re obviously feeling  just a little TOO good during this period.
  4. The Food Conundrum- When you get the stomach flu, you don’t eat right? Thus, nausea should always mean you don’t want food? Welcome to pregnancy, where if you don’t eat for too long, you get nauseous, if you eat the wrong thing, you throw up, and if you eat too much you barf your guts out. Don’t get too excited when you finally find a food that seems to work for your belly, either….you’ll projectile vomit that right back up tomorrow.
  5. Erratic Temperature Issues I’m freaking freezing ALL the damn time! Even when I have gone through the first trimester in the warm summer months, I have found myself constantly colder than usual. It’s obnoxious! What’s even worse, is if I happen to be able to warm up I will quickly get too hot….           HOT= VOMIT…. FREEZING= SHIVERING= VOMIT….So basically you’re going to be the world’s most miserable wretch for 3 months…YEAY!

With all this to look forward to, it truly is amazing that we ever allow men anywhere near us…until we see an adorable little bundle of pink or blue at the store and we forget the horror our bodies will go through and demand our own bundle IMMEDIATELY!

Morning sickness does have it’s perks….

More Sickness = More Hormones = Healthier Pregnancy

…I guess I can take 3 months of hell to insure a wiggling bundle of happy, healthy baby at the end.

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