To me, there is nothing better than an awesome upcycle! Can I get an amen?? One of my favorite things about shopping at yard sales and thrift stores, or even finding goodies on the side of the road is the potential that is there for so much more than meets the eye. Today, I am having Katie from Fun Home Things share with you her dresser that she turned into a beautiful media center!
Dresser to Media Center
Hi everyone! I’m Katie from Fun Home Things and not only is Brooke a great friend of mine, she’s also my neighbor! I’m so glad that she invited me to share one of my favorite upcycles with you today.
When it came time to pick a new media center for our living room, it was a no-brainer for me. A dresser is the perfect height, perfect width, provides lots of storage options, and is easy to redo. I showed you a progress pic on Instagram and the finished product in my living room reveal, but I definitely wanted to share the entire transformation.
Here’s what this little gem looked like when I bought it. My neighbor was moving and selling it so I jumped on it! It was in great shape and had a lot of potential.
I removed the hardware, the top 3 drawers and the drawer slides, and wiped it down inside and out. For the outside, I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Emperor’s Silk. My favorite thing about Chalk Paint is that there is NO prep work involved. No stripping, no sanding, just paint right over any surface.
I put two coats on the dresser and drawers. When both coats dried, I used a medium grit sandpaper and distressed the raised edges. I sealed the paint with a thin layer of Annie Sloan Clear Wax.
I painted the inside of the dresser (where the top drawers used to be) in Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black (Eggshell). I bought one of the Trim It Up Sample sizes, applied 2 coats, and still had a ton left. I chose a dark color to make the inside disappear into the background so that the focus would be on the outside of the dresser.
The new hardware came from Hobby Lobby but there was one catch–the pulls were white and I wanted them to be dark. So I spray painted them with Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze and it covered them perfectly.
You know what else I love about this new media center? The storage! All of the toys can be tucked away nicely but still easy for the kids to reach them.
I could not be happier with how my new media center turned out!
Have you thought about doing a dresser to media center transformation? Now that I’ve had it in my living room for several months I can definitely tell you that it was a great decision.