Alice’s Dresser Bench

Alice Woods-smith shares how she transformed an old dresser into a seating bench. The project is a brilliant addition to any mudroom or entry.


This Dresser to Bench Project was submitted by Alice Woods-Smith from Inspired JunkShe is also a member of our Home Decorating, Upcycling and DIY Facebook group. If you would like to share your projects to be featured on this site, you can do so here


Materials Used:

  • Wax
  • Dresser
  • Circular saw
  • Nail gun
  • Chalk paint (You can also learn how to make your own here)

How to:

First we looked on Pinterest and got some ideas on dressers to benches. We found a dresser that we thought would work and took all the drawers out.
Collage of Alice's dresser bench in process


Figure out which drawers you’re going to cut out and we used a circular saw to cut top off, it really is easier than you would think. We used the top as the bench seat just turned it over and used the nail gun.


Alice's finished dresser bench, painted white and turqouise

We put in a few supports to make sure it stayed sturdy. For the back of the bench we used 1 x 4’s and again used the nail gun to attach. I then chalk painted and sealed with wax.
To see more of Alice’s work, visit her facebook page Inspired Junk
My name is Alice and I’m from southeast Ga, USA. I’ve been upcycling furniture for the last 8 months and love it! I along with 2 friends have a FB page called Inspired Junk we upcycle furniture, a lot of chalk painting as well as making custom benches out of headboards & foot boards that our clients own. We take heirloom/childhood beds that are gathering dust in the attic and make a beautiful and useful piece of furniture that can be appreciated by the whole family.

If you have any questions for Alice or would like to share your thoughts on this project, please leave a comment below.

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    1. Hi Just seeing this comment. I actually mixed a couple colors that I had left over. It looks a lot like Tiffany blue/green.

  1. Do you have any step by step photos of the bench project, like where to cut top, where to put supports, how the bench bottom was put in and the back and side of it? Thank You

    1. Sorry no just the one posted. We just watched a couple tutorials and winged it. We’ve made several since and it gets easier.

  2. My oldest son just broke his toddler bed that I cherish bc my dad built it before he died. He out it together should I say? I’d love to change it and be able to have a bench forever and ever ….

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