Homeschool Room: From Dresser to Bookcase
I have been hoarding this dresser in my previous garage for the past year. Up until yesterday, it was sitting in our shed collecting cobwebs. I have had attachment issues with this dresser. It was one of those "free" dressers found on the curb that had hidden potential and I just couldn't throw it out.
It was a mess. The drawers would not stay on track, the sanded drawer was completely broken, and the top drawer had no knobs. It's a solid wood piece and I just didn't have the heart to throw it away. I've seen a few, fabulous dressers floating around the web that did not incorporate drawers into the final product. So, I decided to give it a try.
I took out & dismantled all the drawers. I plan to fill in the knob holes and turn them into vintage signs. Once the drawers were taken out, my husband took out the wooden tracks in the middle of each shelf.
This dresser will be going into our new, homeschool room. I needed a piece of furniture that would store toys for our Preschoolers as well as our reading books, and this piece will do the job perfectly.
Ok, back to the step-by-step viewing.
Next, I used Zinnser's Cover Stain tinted a light blue that was purchased for this project. As you can see, I just slapped a thin layer onto the dresser & called it good.
Just this morning, I went into Home Depot and found an "oops" sample of paint for only $.50! It was the perfect shade of yellow to match the blue as well as the other decor in the homeschool room.
Next, I lightly sanded down the edges by hand. I do prefer the distressed look. In my opinion, it brings out the curves and detailing of the piece. Also, I like the light blue and dark wood popping through the edges. They compliment the dresser beautifully.
The baskets on the lower, three shelves were purchased last year at Target. They fit nicely in the space provided inside the dresser.
And how it looks now....
Funky Junk Interiors
diy home sweet home
Between Naps on the Porch
my uncommon slice of suburbia
Primitive & Proper
Handy Man Crafty Woman
beyond the picket fence
The 36th Avenue
The Shabby Creek Cottage
French Country Cottage
At the Picket Fence
Miss Mustard Seed