Repurposed Dresser into Tool Chest

I’m so excited to share our repurposed dresser with you today!  It just so happens to now be our “new” tool chest!

The Golden Sycamore: Repurposed Dresser into 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.

The Golden Sycamore: Repurposed Dresser into Tool Chest

So, he came to me with this chest in mind.  Only problem…it’s $400!!  Yikes!

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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.

The Golden Sycamore : Dresser Turned Tool Chest

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.

The Golden Sycamore : Dresser Turned Tool Chest 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.

The Golden Sycamore : Dresser Turned Tool Chest

The Golden Sycamore : Dresser Turned Tool Chest The Golden Sycamore : Dresser Turned Tool Chest 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.

The Golden Sycamore : Dresser Turned Tool Chest

The Golden Sycamore : Dresser Turned Tool Chest

The Golden Sycamore : Dresser Turned Tool Chest

The Golden Sycamore : Dresser Turned Tool Chest

Here’s one last look at the before and after.

Convert old dresser into tool storage chest

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!

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    • Allison @ The Golden Sycamore says

      Thanks Lauren! You should totally show the hubs! It’s such a a budget-friendly alternative!

  1. says

    Love this idea! I was going to use some old kitchen cabinets for something similar but I love the way you’ve painted this one. Did you have to reinforce the drawers at all? I have re-purposed a few small items , my favorite so far is an small clock case. If you want to check it out on my blog I would appreciate the feedback.

  2. says

    How inspirational! This is great! I think I need to get ME one of these tool chests at the rate I’m going. I’ve added quite a few to my collection over the past couple of years that I’ve been restoring old wooden furniture.

  3. says

    I love this look! Very creative! I am a new follower from southern charm! I would love for you to stop by my blog and hopefully you will want to follow me back! Happy weekend, Nicole!

  4. says

    What a cute way tool store tools!!! Love it and the amazing transformation!!
    If you have time I’d love for you to drop by and share your repurposed piece at my new blog party.
    Have a blessed day! xo

  5. says

    Wow, this is amazing. Glad to be here! I would love for you to visit me and My Dream Canvas. I am also currently hosting a giveaway from the famous tabletop and giftware brand Mikasa. You can enter to win some pretty dishes :)

  6. says

    Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured tonight!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me tomorrow evening for Make the Scene Monday #78!

  7. Colleen says

    This is incredibly creative and looks awesome, I really love that it looks like another piece of furniture! We don’t have a garage and have to store tools in a side room so this would be a great solution for us too! Gotta keep my eye out for a dresser now! Thanks for sharing!

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