repurposing idea ~ dresser as sideboard

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Today I decided to do a little photo shoot of one of my favorite repurposing projects. When Gracie grew out of her toddler furniture (that had been passed down from Andie…who had received it from Robin…Hi Robin!) I decided to keep the long dresser and turn it into a sideboard. I had been wanting one for awhile, but we had only been in our house a couple of years and I couldn’t justify paying Pottery Barn prices. (Not to mention our little Victorian cottage has very strange wall space because of all the doors and windows…the wall space is almost nonexistent…so, a smaller piece of furniture is a good thing…) The little dresser was the perfect solution! It goes perfectly with our little Welsh dresser. I gave it a new coat of white paint…

hung our “bistro menu board” above it…

replaced the little wooden knobs with larger, whimsical ones…

lined the drawers with drawer liner paper…

“Summer Hill” by Crabtree & Evelyn…

designated one drawer for candles…

one for napkins and placemats…

one for tea towels and hot pads…

one for a few pieces of favorite silver, finger bowls, and butter-pat plates…

and one for music we like to listen to while we eat,

a book of “Graces,”

a little library of funny food & etiquette books to take out at dinner parties

Peg Bracken books are good conversation starters!

funny coasters (also good conversation starters…)

and an “inspiration” book filled with:

entertaining tips,

menu ideas,

menus we have served and who we served them to,

party theme ideas,

foodie and entertaining blogs/websites,

and a bunch of other odds and ends…

Have you ever repurposed a piece of furniture?

I’d love to hear your ideas!

My next project…turning our oak armoire into a bar!

Stay tuned…



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  9 comments for “repurposing idea ~ dresser as sideboard

  1. Theresa Parรฉ
    April 15, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Got any ideas for kitchen islands? On a pretty strick budget for awhile and thought I might put one together. Thanks, T

  2. Melissa
    April 15, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Here’s an article I found that may help. I’ll keep my eyes open for other ideas too ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Melissa
    April 15, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I kind of love the look of this stainless steel work table ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sandy
    April 16, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Hey why am I going to go with you to a thrift shop when I can go shopping in the dresser drawers…LOL..XO.

  5. Melissa
    April 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    hee hee ๐Ÿ™‚ XO sweetie

  6. Kimber Dunn
    April 17, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I still have tons of refurbishing ideas, but finding time to tackle them is the problem. I need an assistant that can handle my “to-do” list for me, so I can play more! Hmmmmmm, maybe I should transform one of my family members into a new secretary!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Melissa
      April 17, 2011 at 11:22 am

      excellent idea!

  7. Sandy
    April 17, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I took a dark wood night stand wtih a curved top and legs and painted it pale green to go with a wicker chair that I also painted in the same color and use in the bedroom to match the green in the summer or winter quilts..I too could use a little help from a family member…

    • Melissa
      April 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm

      sounds pretty!

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