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French Dresser Turned Bench

French Dresser Turned Bench

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DIY French Dresser Turned Bench

DIY French dresser turned bench
A few years ago I was at a garage sale, {I feel like I say that a lot these days} and a lady was selling this dresser. The only catch was it didn’t have any drawers. EEK! However, I couldn’t pass up these french legs, they get me every time! After I got it home it just sat in my garage until I could figure out what to do with it.  And then it came to me… a French dresser turned bench!!

Tools you will need:

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  1. Jigsaw
  2. Reciprocating Saw – optional but makes life easier
  3. Hammer
  4. Sander
  5. Skill saw or table saw
  6. Finish Nailer
  7. Rapid Fuse

Step 1: I wanted the bench to have extra storage, so I only removed 4 slots of the 9 drawers.  To remove them I used my hack saw and my jigsaw

DIY French dresser turned bench
Step 2: Once I had the drawers out I made the seat and back for the bench.  I attached the wood and bead board with a finish nailer and rapid fuse and since there are no drawers I lined them all with bead board to finish it off! This is an easy solution and durable finish in place of drawers when you still need some shelf support.
Turn a dresser into a bench
Step 3: I sanded down everything before adding paint and stain. 
French dresser turned bench DIY
Step 4: I used Sculpting Clay by Valspar for the bottom gray part, and I stained the top with General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain.  To make the details really pop I used a white latex paint to accent.
Here is the after!  Isn’t it so stunning and unique?  Wouldn’t this bench be so cute in a mud room for housing all of your shoes? It could also be placed in a little girl room as her read/writing bench, holding all her books, or just like this and show off all your treasures!
French dresser turned bench DIY
Details of french dresser turned bench
Just look at that gorgeous detail of my french dresser turned bench! I love details like this in furniture pieces, probably why I have such a hard time passing some of these up!
Here are a few shots of my treasure.  One of my favorite things is to stage a piece of furniture for pictures.  It is so much fun to combine different pieces from around the house and see how they all come together.  The only down side is then I have to put them all back…


Unique decor on dresser turned bench
Unique decor on dresser turned bench
Use antique decor on your antique bench
Use antique decor on your antique bench
Happy DIY-ing!

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  1. fabulosa
    August 6, 2015 at 4:04 am

    Amazing, what a clever idea. Coming from Ivy and Elephants. Pinning!.

    August 6, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Oh too clever. French legs – they get me every time too. What a beautiful result – I love the colour and your styling of it. Visiting from Treasure Hunt Thursday Link Up.

  3. Jenna Hill
    August 6, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Ah-maze-ing! I think my mind is officially blown. What an incredible transformation! We're sharing this Sunday at our Weekend Features post with a link and credit back to you. We tweet and pin all of our features and I can send you the link if you'd like to share on social media once the post is live as well! Great project!

  4. Marie @ The Interior Frugalista
    August 6, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    How creative Brooke – it's a beautiful dresser repurpose. Love the color and the stained tops. Very Nice!

  5. DD's Cottage
    August 7, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Very creative and impressive-love it!

  6. the cape on the corner
    August 7, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    this is the most genius and beautiful thing i have seen all day. wow. i hope this gets featured so many people can see this amazing transformation!

  7. Amanda
    August 9, 2015 at 10:08 am

    This repurposing is genius! Love it!

  8. Parlor Room Ponderings
    August 9, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Very ingenious! Very talented! You did a great job! Diane

  9. Cathy Carroll
    August 11, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    I love the transformation of this piece – so creative and the color you chose is perfect. Love the stained tops. Found you at Be Inspired. Cathy

  10. Pamela
    August 11, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    What a brilliant idea. Love it and Pinned it!

  11. Kammy Wielenga
    August 12, 2015 at 3:26 am

    You. Are. The. Best. The End.

  12. Ivy and Elephants
    August 12, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Your dresser sofa is so creative! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. You are featured this week at Ivy and Elephants!
    Feel free to grab a featured button.

  13. Lucy Auburn
    August 13, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Brooke, Just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring your gorgeous repurpose tonight at 9PM EST on Friday's Fruniture Fix!

  14. Lucy Auburn
    August 13, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring your dresser turned bench tonight at 9PM EST on Friday's Furniture Fix.

  15. Bharati S
    August 14, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    This is such a great idea. Love it Brooke, Its gorgeous.

  16. Christine
    August 17, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    What a magnificent transformation! I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!

  17. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    August 18, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Wow, that is pretty awesome Brooke!

  18. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    August 18, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    This is just so clever, cute and functional! Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks for sharing Brooke!

  19. Brenda
    August 19, 2015 at 2:39 am

    I think you came up with a brilliant idea and seeing it finished it is stunning. This is going to be on my to do list. Garage sales are fabulous places to get items. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful creative day!

  20. im1cher
    September 29, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    No doubt you created a beautiful piece of furniture. I especially like how you used the cut off top to create the seat. And filling the empty drawers with bead board really finishes it off nicely. I will certainly use that idea when I complete my bureau missing a drawer. One thing I was hoping to see on your blog was if you installed any support under the seat. If so, please share! Thank you 🙂

  21. Pili Gomez
    November 10, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    I just love love love that bench!! What you did with it is stunning, and the color is just perfect!
    I would love to invite you to share it with us at


  22. Reenie
    November 16, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Here from Better After…. that is sooooo cute!! 🙂

  23. Jen @ Girl in the Garage
    November 17, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Brooke, this is amazing!! I would love to feature it on my 2nd blog, DIY Furniture Makeovers – just let me know if that's ok. 🙂 ( Thank you!

  24. Michelle L.
    November 29, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Hi, Brooke! I am sooooo in love with this – what a genius way to rescue that piece.

  25. Karalyn Hubbard Photography
    February 14, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Love this idea, so unique! You did an amazing job, thank you for sharing!

  26. Carol Brunies
    April 8, 2016 at 2:14 am

    Your cups are over 50 years old! I have some just like them !

  27. Susan
    May 4, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I can’t tell you how much I love this bench. I really, really, really, really love it! I found you from Roadkill Rescue and I’m pining now. I’d also love if you shared at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party on Organized 31.

  28. Arda
    August 11, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    You truly have a great eye for decorating! What a wonderful idea! It would also make a beautiful eye catching first impression piece in your entryway or foyer. The only thing I would have done differently would be to have made a nice seat cushion in a coordinating color with your room décor to denote that this piece is not only beautiful to look at it’s also a functioning piece of furniture and the cushion would give it that needed pop of color as well as make your wonderful piece just that much more inviting. Wish I could run across the kind of worn out furniture you do in your area! I hope you don’t mind I think I’m going to copy your style and look for my own piece of thrown out magic to transform. Thanks for the wonderful redo!

  29. Jessica
    July 1, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    This is brilliant!!!!!

  30. Geraldine Fagan
    January 7, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Beautiful. How could I put paddi n on seat

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