I’m so excited to share our repurposed dresser with you today! It just so happens to now be our “new” tool chest!
My hubby recently came to me asking for a new tool chest. This is what he was working with at the time. The table was free from my dad and had served its purpose for several years, but since my husband has been purchasing more tools over the past year, we were running out of a place to store them all.
So, he came to me with this chest in mind. Only problem…it’s $400!! Yikes!
I had no desire to spend that much money on a storage unit for all the tools we had just bought, so I asked him to wait a little bit to see if we could figure out a less expensive solution.
Enter this old dresser I got from a friend last fall.
One of her neighbors was moving out and didn’t need the furniture anymore so she asked if I was interested in it. Ummmm, YES!! I LOVE free furniture! And with a little creativity, it could be the perfect tool chest!
The dresser had been sitting in our basement while I tried to find some inspiration for it. Some pieces just “speak” to me right away and some need a little more time. I’m so glad I let this one sit for awhile because it ended up working out perfectly as our new tool chest.
To convert it into a tool chest, we left the top drawers in the dresser and took all the rest out. Then we took out all the dividers to open up the space and make room for doors. We wanted more room for bigger tools on the inside of the chest and knew using it as a cabinet with doors would work much better for the tools we wanted to store in it.
My hubby made new doors out of 3/4 inch plywood and attached them to the dresser. Once all the building was done, I painted the body of the piece with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite and covered it with a coat of polyurethane. We sanded the top and applied mineral oil to it and we were done!
Here’s the inside with all our tools in it.
You might have noticed, there are some fingerprints, dust, and dirt on it already. It gets a lot of use since we’re constantly working on projects. For the price we paid for the dresser and supplies, I’m okay with it getting a little banged up! It is a tool chest, after all!
The top drawers work perfectly for the smaller tools and supplies.
Here’s one last look at the before and after.
I’m so glad we were able to use our creativity to help us save a lot of cash! And now we have a one-of-a-kind piece to house all our fun tools! 😉
Have you ever repurposed a piece into something that worked better for you? If so, I’d love to hear what you’ve done!