15 Dresser Makeovers That’ll Make You Love Your Old Furniture


Have you fallen out of love with the dresser in your bedroom? Got a dusty dresser taking up room in your basement or garage? It’s time to try one of these dresser makeovers! Turn it into a kitchen island, a tv stand, or just fancy it up for a fresh new look.

We rarely say trust us, but for these dresser makeovers, you’ll want to do just that. Trust us. Not only will you want to makeover almost every dresser in your home once you take a look at the tips we’ve collected for you, but you’ll also go out looking for all the old, tired, and unsightly dressers to give them dresser makeovers. These tips are that GOOD.

While at it, take a look at our outdoor furniture makeovers, too!

15 Dresser Makeovers That’ll Make You Love Your Old Furniture

Things to Make Out of Old Dressers

1. Dresser Makeover From Old Dresser To A Fancy Beautiful TV Stand

Almost any old dresser can make a beautiful TV stand. First, remove a few of the drawers to house your DVD player, game consoles, etc. Then add a coat of paint and update the hardware. While this might not be your easiest DIY, it will totally be worth the effort and trouble.

dresser makeovers - white TV stand made over from old dresser. On it is a TV flanked by 2 potted plants, and in front of it lies a black dog.

2. Dresser Makeover To A Kitchen Island On Wheels

Turn an old dresser into a kitchen island. Give it a fresh coat of paint, and add some hooks for utensils along with a paper towel holder. While we love love love this color, use chalkboard paint on one side to keep the kiddos busy while you whip up a meal for them. What a great idea!

dresser makeovers - old dresser transformed into a rolling kitchen island

3. Rustic Dresser Makeovers For Antique Furniture Pieces

We love this herringbone dresser because it adds a pop of color but still allows the old wood to shine through on a couple of the drawers. This is a terrific way to update a piece that’s been handed down through the generations. You get to have the dresser retain its character and still tie in with the newer generation’s style and decor.

dresser makeover - old dresser update with using paint and herringbone design on some drawers

4. Get Yourself Updated Functional Dressers With Simple Makeovers

Do you have a dresser with those tiny drawers that are good for, well, nothing? So do we! Definitely, plan to try this DIY with baskets on either side.

With a fresh vibrant coat of paint, new hardware, and roomy baskets, no one will ever know it was some ugly tired old dresser probably hidden in some corner of the basement because of its annoying tiny weeny drawers.

A Before & After photo collage of a DIY Dresser Makeovers through a change of hardware, removing some drawers and replacing them with baskets.

5. Cheap Restoration Of A Junkyard Find With Dresser Makeover

This is an amazing makeover for a junkyard find of an old dresser that’s missing a few drawers or one whose drawers are too cranky for anyone’s good.

Instead, get yourself a dresser full of baskets and this would be such a practical solution for a nursery. With all those baby socks, bibs, clothes, and baby products, baskets are just way easier to deal with than drawers. Don’t you love the new look and feel of this makeover dresser?

A 5-row dresser full of baskets to replace 4 rows of drawers

Give Them a Splash of Color with These Dresser Makeovers

6. From Ugly To Magazine-Worthy With Ombre Dresser Makeover

A little makeover never hurt nobody – Justin Tranter

purple ombre dresser with globe and potted plant on top of it.

Have you always loved ombre dressers but didn’t know how to get that look? Well, you’ll almost always start off with an ugly piece of furniture that currently has no place or value in your home, but holds great potential to be a magazine-worthy dresser.

Ombre is the blending of one color hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark.

This dresser makeover is easier than you’d imagine it to be and here’s how you’ll go about it.

You’ll need to have:

  • Sandpaper and/or orbital sander
  • A screwdriver
  • A mask and some eye protection
  • Wood filler
  • Paint and paintbrush
  • Airtight containers and tablespoon
  • New drawer pulls if needed
  • Topcoat which can either be polyacrylic or furniture wax, though I’d go for the latter.


  1. Remove the old drawer pulls and store them safely if you’ll be reusing them. Next, sand the entire dresser to remove the sheen so that the new paint cover sticks well. Be sure to sand the drawer fronts and sides.
  2. In case you’re using new drawer pulls and they aren’t the same as the old ones, use wood filler to fill all the holes. Fill in any scratches and cracks before painting. Tip: At times, you’ll notice all cracks after the first coat. Bear this in mind and you might need to fill again after the first coat.
  3. Leave the filler to fully cure, sand down the dresser one last time, and wipe to remove all debris.
  4. To measure the paint and get the gradient of the ombre, here’s what you’ll do: (each container represents a drawer and since there are 4 drawers, I’ll be having 4 containers) Drawer 1: 1 tablespoon purple and 4 tablespoons white, Drawer 2: 2 tablespoon purple and 3 tablespoons white, Drawer 3: 3 tablespoon purple and 2 tablespoons white, and Drawer 4: 4 tablespoons purple and 1 tablespoon white.
  5. Label each container to ensure you don’t get the paints mixed up, and it’s time to paint the dresser. Paint against the wood grain and an angled brush helps you do this.
  6. Have 3 paints of coat on the dresser and drawers. For a smooth finish, sand lightly between each coat, and always wipe down with a damp cloth to remove all the dust before painting the next coat.
  7. For this dresser, unfinished wood drawer pulls were used and painted in the same color as the dresser.
  8. Protect your paint job with Polyacrylic and even though it dulls the sheen, it won’t yellow as a varnish would. Also, use furniture wax to further protect your dresser.
7. Shabby Chic Dresser Makeover In Distressed Turquoise Look

Isn’t it amazing what a few coats of paint and some new hardware can do? This turquoise dresser is amazing! And we love how nothing was done to structurally change it.

turquoise mirror dresser with distressed paint look

8. Fun Dresser Makeovers Thanks To A Few Spray Cans And Stencils

If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint – Edward Hopper

So, this is technically a desk, but you can absolutely do the same thing with your dresser. Peekaboo dressers are so much fun. Use a different color paint than the main color, and use stencils to create fun patterns and designs.

desk makeover with fresh coat of paint and drawers whose sides have been painted in a different color with fun designs using stencils

9. Hot Pink Dresser Makeover For Girls Bedroom

Pink isn’t just a color, it’s an attitude – Miley Cyrus

This pink and white dresser pops with color! It reminds me of that age when young girls are into everything pink. We’re really digging that the drawers are a different color than the frame of the dresser.

girl's room dresser made over with a coat of pink on only the drawers.

10. Amazing Dresser Makeover Into A Mudroom Organizer

This dresser-to-bench conversion is fabulous for a mudroom organizer! It provides seating to remove and put on shoes, and cubby storage underneath for the shoes so you don’t track dirt and mud into your home.

Tip: You could also makeover this dresser by cutting it in half and making an amazing window couch!

dresser converted into a mudroom organizer with seating space

11. Dresser Makeover Into A Cute Day Bench

A smaller dresser can get a dresser makeover and be converted into a day bench to put near the window or in a kids’ room. Only inspirational pieces of furniture such as this are allowed here…

dresser makeover - dresser transformed into a cute day bench

12. How About Dresser Makeovers To Update Existing Furniture?

It doesn’t always have to be an unsightly tired old dresser that needs a makeover. Even your once coveted dresser could do with a makeover to keep up with the times, your changing tastes and preferences, or new decor.

For just a pop of color, paint the dresser frame, and leave the drawers in their wooden state. If they’ve already been painted over, a bit of sanding, a coat of stain to finish, and new hardware will make it look new again.

dresser makeover - dresser made over by painting its frame, leaving the drawers the same, and changing its drawer pulls.

13. Creative Dresser Makeovers Into Lighted Wine Cabinets

Your family dynamics have definitely changed with time and you now find yourself with an excess of dressers. Before sending them on their way to the junkyard or thrift shops, how about giving some of them a dresser makeover to become a unique lighted wine cabinet to show off your wine collection?

From the look of things, repurposing dressers into lighted wine cabinets might be your next major hustle…

dresser made over into a lighted wine cabinet

14. Use Lace For Stunning Dresser Makeovers On A Budget

Remember that old dresser you were about to throw out? Don’t get rid of it just yet. There’s a way you can transform it on a budget.

Get the look of lace! Apply a lace fabric over each drawer, spray paint in your chosen color and allow to completely dry. Once dry, remove the lace, and voila! A lacy pattern to adorn your dresser.

2-photo collage of made over dresser and when it's drawers are getting the painted over dry lace being peeled off

15. Fresh Coat of Paint & Artistic Drawer Pulls = Eclectic Dresser Makeovers

You won’t believe this gorgeous green piece was once a dirty blonde dresser that has been made even more amazing by the arrow drawer pulls.

Notice how the drawer pulls aren’t facing the same direction. I just love how eclectic this dresser has become. Now, this is what I call an artistic inspiration dresser makeover. So beautiful yet so simple!

a dresser makeover using a fresh coat of paint and arrow-like drawer pulls


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4-photo collage of made over dressers - a kitchen rolling island, a tv stand,

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