A Repurposed Dresser

I just finished one of my favorite repurposing projects ever: I repurposed a dresser into a reading bench for Luke.  And it turned out so cute!

The dresser used to look like this.  My awesome neighbor {who is always watching for curbside treasures for me} called to let me know that she had spotted a dresser.  She thought I might want to salvage the drawers.

At first, I was just going to use it for the drawers but then I had a fun idea to turn it into something more.

I popped the top of the dresser off, removed the top three drawers {the top one was actually missing anyway}, and knocked out the wood brackets on the side.

how to turn a dresser into a reading bench

I cut the top of the dresser down to size and used it as the seat for my bench, nailing it in place from the back.  The holes were filled with wood filler and I painted the whole bench with homemade chalk-finish paint {in colors that match Luke’s room}.

It turned out so cute and is such a fun little nook for Luke.  I added a few envelope-style pillows {in fabric that Luke loves} to make it a bit cozier …

how to turn a dresser into a reading bench

… and made sure his favorite books were easily accessible.

a reading bench made from an old dresser

The two remaining drawers are perfect for storing extra books and all of Luke’s treasures.

This colorful repurposed dresser was such a fun project to piece together and it’s now a fun reading spot for my little redhead.

Randi Dukes About Randi Dukes

I’m Randi, a wife and stay-at-home mom of five kids, ranging from preschool to high school. I love strong coffee, craft and DIY projects, my planner, my laptop, and my big ol’ family. When I’m not creating something for my blog, I can be found in the car, running kids from one place to another. I’m the one knitting at the red light.


  1. It looks so cute! It’s the perfect reading spot that’s for sure.

  2. LOVE this! What a fun idea. Okay, so you can come over and turn one of my dressers into a bench anytime.

  3. So cute, I love this idea.

  4. This is fantastic. Truly awesome.

  5. How smart can you get girl… love it! The colors are beautiful, too!

    Take care,


  6. Anonymous says:

    What a cute idea! Teachers could do this for their reading corners.

  7. This is so cool Randi! What a great idea!

  8. This is awesome! Featuring YOU today over on my blog! :)

  9. This would be really good as a shoe bench, as well. Great idea!

  10. I love this! I love to refinish old furniture, but this brought it to a whole new level. awesome!

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