Transform An Old Dresser Into A Fabulous Entertainment Center

Since we live on a budget, I’m all about re-purposing old things to be used in a new way or just sprucing them up to give the room a fresh feel. That’s what we did with our nursery, and it turned out just perfect! But long before we had a nursery (or even a marriage), Caleb and I took on one of my favorite DIY projects of all time. We took a piece that had little life left in it, spruced it up, and gave it a whole new purpose! It only took us one Saturday afternoon and we were able to transform an old dresser into a fabulous entertainment center!

Transform An Old Dresser Into A Fabulous Entertainment Center

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It all started when I came home sick from work one day. I don’t know what men do when they’re sick, but I can tell you what women do: PINTEREST! I completely redecorated my house that day … all from my couch. 😉 I found tons of brilliant ideas, but I knew there was one that I wanted to do first. My parents had given me their dresser a few months back, so my old dresser was sitting in a back room, waiting to be sold, revamped, or destroyed. I had yet to decide its fate.

Let’s just say that the dresser needed some love. It was pressed wood, and it had served me well for 8 years. Considering we bought it at a garage sale, we’re lucky it lasted this long. I didn’t want to ever use it as a dresser again, and I didn’t figure anyone would want to buy it. It was too much of a hassle to take it to the dump, so when I found an idea for turning a dresser into an entertainment center, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. Here’s what we started with:

Dresser before

It wasn’t exactly stunning. (Side note: It did have all the drawers, but we took them out before the picture.) But no worries, I had big plans for it! I wanted to keep those two drawers and put a shelf in between them for the DVD player. Then, I wanted to be able to put a basket in each of the three bottom areas, which meant we would need a board along the bottom of each one of those. Finally, I wanted to paint the entire unit white. Easy, right?

Actually, it was! Caleb brought some wood over (this was back in our dating days), and he measured and cut four pieces: one for the top shelf, and one for each bottom section. He placed those shelves in their spots, and since there had been drawers in the dresser before, the braces held the shelves without any sort of nails or screws. (We did have to chisel down a couple of the braces because they were uneven, since the dresser was older.) The braces that you see right in the middle between the drawers and the bottom of the dresser were taken out because we had no need for them. Since this dresser is pressed wood, they came off pretty easily. Caleb cut a little hole behind the top shelf to feed cords through, we painted the now-entertainment center, and we were done!

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Now came the fun part! We needed to find some baskets to put on the bottom shelves. I’m a little picky, so this probably took longer than it had to. 😉 We spent about an hour looking at baskets, bookmarked a few, then decided to revisit the topic several days later. I looked at different colors, different types (wicker, fabric, etc.), but I finally chose these beauties. Once they arrived, we tried them out and they fit perfectly! This was our finished product:

Dresser after

It has worked so well for us! We use the drawers to store our movies and any extra cords or remotes that we never use. We have an Xbox and a DVD player on the shelf, and all the baskets are full! We used two of the baskets to store games and puzzles, and the other is for pictures and other random things that need a home. 😉 One of my other favorite parts of this entertainment center is that there is plenty of space on top to decorate around the TV. Here’s our amazing transformation:

From Dresser to Entertainment Center - Before and After

So much better! We’ve now used this entertainment center for over a year and a half and it’s been perfect for us! It was so much fun to do, plus it was easy and budget-friendly! Win, win, right?

Now it’s your turn. Have you ever repurposed furniture? What DIY would you like to try?

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