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!
Don't want the games boxes to be seen? Add some doors. You can make these yourself or look in your local phone book under Salvage and see if you have a Building Salvage lot in your area. If you do great, you just need to take your measurements with you and they will have lots of old cabinet doors for you to look through. A fresh coat of paint and they will look brand new. You could also add just one shelf down low and add doors and voila you have a cabinet for your television in the guest room. Add just shelves and no drawers and doors and you have a blanket chest for all those extra blankets.
By Debra in Colorado