Sunday, September 16, 2012

1 Dresser, 3 Pieces

I picked up this plain dresser off Craig's List.  This was the 1st time I was making a CL purchase that I didn't feel totally comfortable.  I only texted the person & they wanted me to meet them early in the morning at a storage unit.  Sounds kinda fishy, huh?  Well, it all worked out (because I'm still here & I'm not blogging from inside a storage unit).  Turns out it was a sweet, very very young couple.  The dresser came with a hutch but I really was only after the dresser.  Here is the before of the dresser:

After cleaning it & removing the hardware I decided the middle drawer was just too big so I decide to remove it & make this dresser into a media cabinet.  I removed the drawer & the runner.  Added some thin boards all the way around to make a box.  Drilled a hole in the back for cords.  I was about half way through painting it Vintage White when a super sweet lady came to look at a chest I had for sale.  She really liked this piece to & bought it without even seeing it finished!  

The hutch was sitting around for much longer.  I was waiting for another piece to come in that would need the hutch.  Then I saw this post.  I knew exactly what I was going to do!  Here is the before:

I flipped it upside down, removed some of the outdated trim pieces, added a top & 2 hooks for hanging.  It was painted Traverse City Cherry & dark waxed.  I sealed it with Satin Finish.  I picture it filled with white Ironstone!

(I know these are terrible pictures but this piece is headed to the shop & I didn't want to make holes in my wall just to stage a photo!)
So now you are probably wondering what is the 3rd piece I am going to make out of this dresser/hutch.  Remember that drawer I took out of the middle of the dresser?  Well, I was inspired by a photo on Pinterest (that I'm not going to repost without written permission!).  I had some old legs sitting around & this huge drawer.  Now I am so glad I didn't throw it away!  Here is a picture of the legs & drawer put together:

And here is the after:

It made a great table with hidden storage!  And the drawer is pretty big so it would be great for extra blankets or to hide toys!  So next time you have an extra drawer laying around, think outside the box & see what you can do with it!

Thanks to Cassie for featuring this project this week!

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  1. All three projects are brilliant! Very inspiring, thanks for sharing!

  2. I love all three pieces! You are very creative :) I'm visiting from Make It Pretty Monday.

  3. look at that! you are so smart and stretched that dresser! :) i LOVE the dresser the most, though they are all great!

  4. Wow, so you got 3 great pieces of furniture for the cost of 2. Not bad! Love how you made the dresser in to a media cabinet, the hutch into a much cuter one, and the middle drawer in to a very nice stand. You did a really good job on all three. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  5. so clever!! everything looks fantastic!!

  6. Love all three pieces but especially the little drawer table. How clever you are. Found you on Miss Mustard Seed. Now following you....

  7. All of the pieces are charming! I would be delighted for you to link it to Potpourri Friday, in progress and register for the $50 gift card from Shabby Apple!

  8. All three are great pieces and look wonderful. As soon as I read about the hutch piece you weren't using I thought of Thistlewood Farms and how she flipped it for the shelf. The drawer table is such a unique piece and extra storage is always a bonus. Love the media cabinet and how you added the extra wood to really finish it off nicely. Very inspiring.

  9. Very unique! Never would have thought to do so much with one dresser. Great work :)

  10. Stopping back by to say thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

  11. This is an amazing transformation! You definitely got a lot of "bang for your buck" when purchasing this hutch...LOVE everything you did with it!