Upcycled Antique Wooden Dresser

Upcycled Antique Wooden Dresser
Upcycled Antique Wooden Dresser

Buying used and upcycling can be so satisfying; not only do you save big bucks, but you have the pride of knowing the finished product is your own handiwork. This Upcycled Antigue Wooden Dresser project does just that. Buying a brand new wooden dresser can cost hundreds of dollars. Doesn't a $20 used dresser that you sand down and refinish to look like new sound so much better? We think so, too. With a little wood stain and some elbow grease, you'll be upcycling your way to major savings!

From the blogger: "This old dresser was a find out in the barn, I loved how big and heavy it felt and I had the suspicion that it was probably walnut. I don't know which one of my grandparents' this piece belonged to but I am so glad I was able to keep it and make it beautiful again! I sanded the whole thing down instead of stripping it and it just about killed me, definitely should have stripped all of the funk and gunk off of it first. I felt like my arms were gonna fall off. I just sanded. And sanded. And sanded. *facepalm* The whole dresser probably has over ten hours of just me sanding into it. However, in the end, once I saw those beautiful tiger stripes across the drawers, my heart just soared and it was so worth it!"

Estimated Cost$21-$30

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Primary TechniqueFurniture Projects


Materials List

  • Sand paper and a sander
  • Stain
  • Hardware
  • Poly Acrylyc


Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. After sanding the piece down to bare wood clean it well.

  2. Apply new stain heavily with a brush and let it sit up to thirty minutes.

  3. Wipe excess stain off with a towel.

  4. Put three coats of poly acrylic on it, giving it time to thoroughly dry between coats.

  5. Add new hardware.

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I love making old things new. No need to replace when you can just upcycle! Great project.

Thank you so much for featuring our old dresser, this one is truly my favorite, I keep it in my office now )


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