Renovating an old dresser


I guess one up from recycling is up-cycling!


The BEFORE shot

I love taking something old and giving it a second life. Until now, that usually happened with things on a smaller scale, e.g. turning old sheets into pillows or quilts. However, when I saw this dresser for sale on “BFC Buy, Sell, Swap shop” for only 70 euro, wondering if I have bitten more than I could chew, I decided to commit to this project, and bought it! I did have to sell my not-so-old chest of drawers from Ikea. Oh well.

It just so happened that for my 30th birthday I got a professional sander from my dad – what a present, right, but I could not be happier! It is almost as good as a bag of red red apples he got me for my 13th birthday (we were poor then, and that was all I wanted). Thank you, Dad!



The piece is very exciting – I love how it has a column of narrower drawers in the middle and wider drawers on the outside. The finishing was a little too orange for my liking, it had to be re-varnished. The long and tedious process had began. There are nine drawers and the main unit itself – that’s a lot of sanding! And a lot of dust! Note to self, next time sanding, close the door!


The large round 80s looking handles were not my favourite and were replaced with some silver geometrical shaped handles. The ones on the smaller drawers I decided to have triangular shape and square handles on the larger drawers.



Though I have made a few mistakes, I have thoroughly enjoyed the process, love the outcome and definitely will try something again.


The AFTER shot



6 thoughts on “Renovating an old dresser

  1. Amazing! What a transformation! And I love the handles, a very special touch. Now as for asking for apples for your birthday?? You have always had a strange love for apples.. 🙂

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