Space for a Sink
Make a big splash in the bathroom by repurposing an old dresser as a vanity. It is particularly easy to retrofit a dresser with a vessel sink—simply drill holes in the top for the drain and faucets. Be sure to use a water-resistant sealer on the wood to prevent rot and mold.
Dressed for Dinner
Dressers make ideal kitchen islands because they come with plenty of storage space and a flat surface that can be upgraded with granite or butcher block. To make your dresser even more at home in the kitchen, add storage hooks or a towel bar.
Even if the bulk of an old dresser isn’t salvageable, the drawers can always be repurposed as wall shelves. Mount the drawers with their bottoms to the wall for a shadow-box effect, or jutting out from the wall lengthwise for deeper storage.
Consider moving an old dresser outdoors to create a tiered plant display. The drawers can hold a collection of potted plants or be filled directly with soil to create a large planter—but be sure to drill drainage holes in the bottom of each drawer.
A low horizontal dresser makes a great TV console. It can be easily converted to hold your cable box and DVD player by removing the top drawer or two, and it provides plenty of places to tuck unsightly wires and cords.
Approach the Bench
An old dresser can serve as the perfect frame for a square bench. Remove all but the lowest drawer, then saw the top off the dresser, along with any internal drawer supports. Cut a thick board to size and install it above the bottom drawer to create a seat. Add a cushion and coat of paint or stain for a finishing touch.