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Discarded or unused furniture can be refurbished or repurposed into something completely different. This is a guide about recycling an old dresser.

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Article: The Multiple Uses of a Dresser

Whether scouring tag sales or the attic, the find of a large wooden dresser is akin to finding buried treasure. It is an amazingly versatile piece of furniture, and it's a shame to see one unappreciated at the curbside. Many people don't realize the value of these pieces, but they need to take the steps to learn them.

Make It Pretty

The first concern is that dressers are damaged or unsightly, so they are often discarded. However, there are simple fixes for these cumbersome eyesores. Consider a gallon of paint for something that can't be fixed. If the top of the dresser is severely warped or water damaged, consider pulling it loose and replacing it with a heavy board, or layer a piece of plywood above the damaged top. A basic tan paint will cover any damage and make the dresser neutral. If you have a handy painting hand or know someone who does nice brushwork, paint the dresser to reflect your personal taste. I've painted one so that each of the four drawers represents a different season. If it's a child's dresser, place little hands in various paint colors and decorate the dresser.

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.

Take It Out of the Bedroom

Dressers aren't for the bedroom alone. Try moving them around the house. The greatest benefit of the dresser is that it offers great storage solutions. With deep drawers that can be organized in a variety of ways, there are more than enough uses for the piece. Consider using it as an entertainment center and store your video game equipment, cables, movies, and other media in the drawers. Place one in the entryway and store your winter apparel, seldom used items, and backpacks. Consider fitting one of the flat shoe storage racks into the bottom drawer and organize even more. Dressers in the dining room create interesting buffets or end tables, and if space allows, they're amazing in the bathroom. (Dressers used in bathrooms should be painted with latex paint to protect them from steam and moisture.)

Alter It As Needed

Consider altering your dresser as needed. If a shelf is needed instead of every drawer, pull the drawer out and store it elsewhere. The drawer can fit beneath your bed as a slide out storage bin. Some dressers have bottoms beneath the drawers, but others are open. If yours is open, place a piece of wood across the opening to make a shelf and paint it to match your dresser.

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!

By Kelly Ann Butterbaugh

Tip: A Fix for Loose Dresser Knobs

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. I was so frustrated with my bedroom chest of drawers that I took out the hardware and threaded pretty ribbons through the holes. I made bows, and now, whenever I open a drawer, it tightens the bow. No more problem! Just a simple solution to a small frustration.

By Janet

Tip: Use a Dresser as a Planter

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!

By Krista

Tip: Recycle That Old Dresser, Make a Puppet Theatre

Here is a cute idea for recycling an old dresser that is falling apart. First take out all the old drawers and runners. Take off the back. Install a shelf that hangs outside of the dresser all the way across the front.

Underneath the shelf on the inside of the dresser install two 2x2's that go all the way across the front. On the outside put a piece of Mdf or plywood that has been cut to the size of the dresser. Above the shelf on the outside install a small curtain rod for curtains for your stage (the shelf). On the back staple two black curtains.

Now the fun part! Paint and decorate in bright colors. You could even make a plywood triangle the size of the top of the dresser to make it look like a circus tent. Put a small flag at the top.

By Debra in Colorado

Tip: Recycle That Old High Boy Dresser

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? How about taking the spots where the drawers were and adding shelves. Put the one drawer in the bottom slot and you have nifty game shelves for all your board games.

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

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