Transform a Dresser Into a Potting Bench + Buffet Station

Before you kick that old dresser to the curb, transform it into a vibrant, outdoor potting bench that also doubles as a party-ready buffet station.

Materials Needed

  • old dresser with attached mirror
  • 4' x 4' piece of pegboard
  • drop cloth
  • pliers
  • drill
  • 1/2" drill bit
  • flat-head screwdriver
  • sander with fine-grit paper
  • 2 shades of exterior paint
  • damp cloth
  • 2 paintbrushes
  • 2 paint trays
  • work gloves
  • pencil
  • jigsaw
  • safety glasses
  • 3/8" sisal rope
  • scissors
  • measuring tape

Remove Mirror

After taking off the mirror, remove the mirror from the frame by gently prying the backing off using a flat-head screwdriver (Image 1). Don't damage the backing, as it will serve as a template for the pegboard later. Be sure to dispose of the mirror safely (Image 2).

Prep for Painting

Remove all hardware (Image 1), then give the dresser and mirror frame a good sanding with a fine-grit paper (Image 2). Wipe it down thoroughly to remove excess dust (Image 3).

Trace + Cut Pegboard

To ensure the pegboard fits into the mirror frame perfectly, use the backing as your template (Image 1). Trace around the backing (Image 2), then cut the pegboard out using a jigsaw (Image 3).

Paint Dresser + Pegboard

Remove all the dust, then paint the mirror frame and dresser inside and out (Images 1, 2) with a bright coat of high-quality exterior paint. Allow the paint to dry overnight.

Paint + Install Pegboard

Paint the pegboard. We chose a crisp, clean exterior shade of white (Image 1). Allow to dry, then secure the pegboard into the frame, using small wood screws (Image 2).

Add Rope Pulls

Instead of re-installing the original hardware, go with something a bit more imaginative like these simple rope pulls. Using a drill and a 1/2-inch bit, make the existing hardware holes larger to accommodate the rope. Then, take a 12-inch section of rope, knot it at one end, push it through the hole and tie it off again snuggly on the other side of the dresser front. Tie off another knot 6 inches down, push it through the adjacent hole and tie it off again snuggly on the inside of the drawer (Image 1). Snip off the excess rope on the inside of the drawer (Image 2). Now you’ve got a clever and inexpensive drawer pull (Image 3).

Multipurpose Rules!

Once you’ve finished upcycling your dresser, you can easily take it from a storage-packed potting bench to a posh, party-ready buffet station with just a few minor styling tweaks.

Potting Bench

DIY Repurposed Outdoor Potting Bench Buffet STation
Brian Patrick Flynn,

Buffet Station

DIY Repurposed Outdoor Potting Bench Buffet STation
Brian Patrick Flynn,

DIY Repurposed Outdoor Potting Bench Buffet STation

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn,

DIY Repurposed Outdoor Potting Bench Buffet STation

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn,

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