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Monday, December 30, 2013

How to turn a Dresser into a Media Center

A great find! Thrift shop cheap!  

A Drexel nine drawer dresser quite dusty, dirty and beat up, but very solid!

Very heavy, so it was a two person transport.

Because this doesn't really work for us,
the dresser will become a media center. 

Paint and nail polish spotted, and a little worn 
finish can all be removed from this 
veneer top with a lot of light sanding.

The drawers are well made, nothing loose or broken. 

A bonus feature in a drawer.

First round of sanding with an orbit sander.

Trim edging is primed and painted but an angle tip sander is getting it off.

Not bad for veneer! 

Edges are coming clean. 

Drexel Brand stamped in the drawer. 

The drawers were constructed very well. 
They are quite heavy too. 

First coat of sprayed paint on the 
drawer fronts in flat black enamel. 

Second coat.

Very quick dry color for the top, sanded and ready. 

The pecan color was a good choice! 

The veneer grain still peeks through nicely.

Now for the base. I drilled 3 cord holes on the top shelf, intended for electronics.

Taping off the top from the base, 
it was clean up time and paint prep.

The top shelf area needed to be painted all over 
each surface, and it did take two coats. 

Dried, and ready for the knobs. Easy stuff. 

Now to load it up with "media stuff" 

I love these copper highlighted knobs. They blend perfectly.

This is much better. 

Before and after ... happily ever after ~



  1. Thanks for the inspiration. I am making a guest room into a craft room and might just do something like this to a dresser.

  2. I agree with Carol how amazing this turned out. I now have the ability to look at old furniture like this with a new eye and that is a priceless gift to give. Thank you so much.

  3. ARod@MakinMyAptaHomeJanuary 3, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    such a great job on this transformation love how it turned out thanks so much for shareing at "Meet the Neighbors"

  4. Thank you, Anj, and thank you for the party invite!

  5. Thank you, Sue. It can become an addicting hobby. Some items just speak out what they can be and others you find ways to be creative with. This was a tough sanding job, but the piece was so well built and solid that it took the work. Thank you for hosting a great party and having me participate.

  6. You are so welcome. Thank you for visiting and I hope you will post your project. I'd love to see it.

  7. wow - just gorgeous….I love to see these transformations - well done!

  8. Kim @ Exquisitely UnremarkableJanuary 3, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Robin, I am so very impressed. I might be able to say that I have the vision to transform something like this, but the sanding, staining and power tooling is way beyond me! I do however live with a really handy guy, so thanks for the inspiration! ;)

  9. You are very welcome, Kim, and thank you for sharing your creations and kind compliments. I bet, between the two of you, there could be a whole lot of fabulous projects. It's worth trying. :)

  10. Thank you! I hope these projects encourage others to make their own creations and look forward to sharing many more.

  11. Amazing job done :) love how it turned out. Thanks so much for partying at Meet the Neighbors.

  12. Angela @ Life in VelvetJanuary 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    What a phenomenal transformation! Gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking up at Thursday STYLE!

  13. Thank you for having me included in the fun! I look forward to seeing more posts from all of the talented friends.

  14. Thank you! I look forward to visiting you again.

  15. Wow. This is truly beautiful! I wish I had the patience and know-how for these kinds of projects. I definitely see a lot of reading your blog in my future so I can learn! Thanks for linking up at the Monthly Review Linkup!

  16. I'm so glad you will! Thank you, Heather!

  17. Robin, you are my DIY hero. This looks fantastic. I love how you brought a good quality piece back to life with your skills! I alos really like how you left the top a woodgrain and painted the rest. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Treasure Box Tuesday. I am following on Hometalk and clipped this. :)

  18. Thank you so much, Joy! I like the two tone look and it worked very well for what this is intended for. I appreciate your following and nice comments. :)

  19. The copper knobs do look great with it! Pinned & holding off for the day when I have an extra low dresser! (I'm looking to do something with a tall one right now). Visiting from the Meatloaf & Melodrama Retro Pin Party! :-)

  20. Thanks for linking up at The Pretty Pintastic Party! We liked your post so much we're featuring it at the party this weekend! We hope you'll come join us and link up some more awesome posts, and grab a featured badge!

  21. Thank you, Jamie!!! I look forward to it! Thank you for the visit and for being a great hostess! :)

  22. I love the knobs. Thank you so much for the pin! I hope you enjoy doing yours and you share it. :)