Turn an Old Dresser Into Playful Toy Storage

Put a fresh new spin on an old wooden dresser with open shelving, unexpected hardware and a playful use of color.

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Materials Needed:

  • wooden dresser
  • drill or screwdriver
  • orbital sander
  • sanding pads
  • HVLP paint sprayer
  • high-gloss latex paint
  • drawer pulls or coat hooks
  • chop saw with miter setting
  • 8' planks of 1X5" pine
  • wood filler
  • putty knife
  • precut piece of 1" plywood
  • pencil or marker
  • measuring tape
  • 3" wood screws
  • 2" angled paintbrush

Choose the Right Dresser

Search thrift stores and online trading websites for a wooden dresser with a combination of cabinet doors and drawers deep and long enough to accommodate games, toys and electronics. A dresser with long, low-profile drawers is ideal for storing board games. Aim for dimensions of at least 18” deep and 24” tall if you plan to house and conceal gaming systems alongside books and DVDs.

Remove Door and Drawer Hardware

Using a drill or screwdriver, loosen screws from drawer pulls or knobs, then remove from dresser.

Remove Legs

In order to utilize the updated dresser for board games, toys and gaming systems, it’s wise to replace legs with a solid base that can hide cords from view. Remove the existing legs using a screwdriver or drill.

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