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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Remove Drawers

Removing drawers creates open storage perfect for housing board games and books. To properly dismantle drawers, pull them out from their casing, then remove the casing by knocking it loose with a hammer and pulling out in several pieces. Use wood filler to fill holes and gaps created by the dismantling of the drawer casing. Once wood filler has dried, sand it down using orbital sander and sanding pads.

Install Open Shelving

Use a measuring tape to determine proper depth and width needed for open shelving. Depending on the number of shelves needed, have 1” thick paint-grade plywood cut to size at the home improvement store, then install plywood with basic shelf brackets using drill and screws.

Measure, Mark, Cut and Assemble Base

A simple base to conceal gaming wires can be quickly and easily made by cutting 8’-long planks of 1X5” pine to size, then assembling as a box. To do this, measure and mark length and depth of dresser, subtracting approximately 6” so that the base will be inwardly recessed. Referring to measurements, cut base to size using chop saw. Next, assemble four sides together using either the nail gun and brads or the drill and screws. Create mitered corner supports by cutting scrap pieces of 1X5” pine with chop saw using miter setting, then attach in all four corners using a nail gun and brads or drill and screws. Attach base to bottom of dresser with 3” wood screws drilled up through the bottom of the base and into the wooden frame of the dresser.

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