Another more work intensive option is to strip the dresser and restain it. Many do not want to take that step, so they consider other options. Consider staining the dresser with a much darker stain color to cover imperfections and repairs. Simply scratch the surface with a metal brush or steel wool so that the new stain can adhere, and then take a brush to the surface. Look for a deep mahogany stain and apply two coats to cover most anything.
The easiest cover-up of a damaged dresser top involves a pretty doily or some table runners.
Consider placing a small dresser on top of a larger one, bolting them together. The look will echo a hipped dresser style, and this massive piece of furniture will hold everything in your closet or hallway. Slide the beast into a closet and you'll get instant organization; this works especially for shorter dressers or those with damaged exteriors. If the dresser is sorely in need of visual help but it's sturdy and large, consider painting it with a dark latex paint and stashing it in the garage or shed to store tools or sports equipment. There's always a use for a dresser!
Great ideas for free 'new' furniture. I always find that older furniture is much more strongly made anyway. It won't fall apart like the flat pack stuff you find in all the stores.
One of the very best "dressers" I've ever seen was one where they cut a hole in the top & inserted a round handpainted sink. This turned it in to a bathroom vanity. BOY-OH-BOY! was that ever a nice piece!
This is a guide about making a puppet theatre. There are many ways to make a puppet theatre for your children's enjoyment. You may already have what you need at home.
I saw an interesting idea the other day for a planter. An old dresser was was painted white and the top drawers pull out and used to plant various flowers and some ivy. It looked beautiful!
I would like to see a photo of this if anybody has one. Thanks.
Ohh, can you just picture how ethereal that could look in the right setting? Dang, I wish you had a picture 'cuz now I want to try doing it!
Sounds great; you could pull out the drawers a little and slip in a window box liner to plant in, leaving the drawers kind of staggered. Pull the bottom one almost all the way out, the middle one out about half way, and the top one just a little, like the depth of the window box liner if the dresser is big enough.
Google "dresser made into a planter" I saw some real cute ideas! Would have never thought to do this but I love it!
I used those dresser drawer for my plant 2 year ago that I gotten on the side of the road some one was throwing away, and they fell apart once wet, so you may want to wrap duct tape around it a couple of times before using it.
Here's some ideas for an old dresser>make a bench, bookcase, storage unit for baskets, vanity, desk, kitchen island, tv stand, garden station for your projects..and the planter box: see this site for all photos and info on how to make.... http://www.addicted2decorating.com/repurposed-dressers.html
For loose dresser knobs that will not remain tightened, you might consider bow or ribbon ties. This will work best in children's rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms, since the look is rather feminine.
So that dresser you got from grandma has been repaired so many times that you can't count the repairs and all the drawers are broken but one?