Repurposed Dresser to Entertainment Center

I am so excited about this project! I have been dying to do a furniture refinish for a while – well I dove in with both feet!

We have been in need of a new Entertainment System for a while – everything was out in the open and games and components and cords were all out there and messy for everyone to see. Yuck.

I fell in love with the idea of converting a dresser to our new entertainment system and I LOVE how it turned out!

Refinished Dresser to Entertainment Center

The bright pop of turquoise looks so great in the room and I am so happy that all the games and wires and paraphernalia don’t show anymore!

Refinished Entertainment System

And here’s the before!
I started with this fabulous curvy dresser we found on Craigslist – she was super pretty but kind of scratched up and worn.

Wooden Dresser Refinish

So I am BY FAR not a furniture refinishing expert – so don’t take me as a super authority. ;) But I can promise you that if I can do this – you can!!

Materials used:

Wood Putty (for filling scratches and holes)
Primer – I used Valspar primer – 5 cans
Spray Paint – Tropical Oasis – 7  cans
Minwax Wood Stain in Pearl Gray
Dust Mask

I started by sanding the top of the dresser since I wanted that part to be stained gray.

Sanding Dresser Top

I can’t stress enough to wear a good dust mask if you’re sanding – especially on older pieces. I will confess that mine was not as well fitted as it should have been and I was sick with a cold for 2 or 3 days from breathing in the gunk. So learn from my mistakes k?

Once I’d removed all the stain from the top and it’s sanded smooth – I applied the gray stain. I used about 3 coats.

After the stain was dry I covered the top with plastic and taped it off, making sure all the stain was covered. Now it was all ready for priming!

I started with the drawers. I removed the hardware and sprayed on the primer.

Priming Dresser Drawers

While the drawers were drying I worked on the body of the dresser. Doug put up this super awesome Paint Room in the garage for me – I felt like I was in a science lab or something.

Creating Spray Paint Room

I removed the slats and drawer stops for the top three and center sections that wouldn’t have drawers anymore. I filled the holes with wood putty and sanded them smooth.

Then I covered the body with a couple of coats of primer.

Priming Dresser

I also painted the hardware white for a nice bright look!

Repainting Dresser Hardware

Once the dresser and drawers were primed, I painted them with about 2-3 coats of spray paint. It is so fun to see the color go on – it really makes the transformation fun!

When everything was dry we cut pieces of white beadboard to lay in the spaces where the drawers would be open – to finish off the shelf and make it even.

Doug also cut out some snazzy inserts for the drawers that I covered with some yummy Amy Butler fabric.
I just used spray adhesive to stick the fabric to the wood – and trimmed the back so it would lay flat.

Fabric Lined Drawers

Once everything was finished I added back on the hardware and we filled it up! I decided not to distress it – but I’m leaving that open as an option for the future. Depending on how much wear and tear it gets! :)

I’m so happy with how it came out!

Dresser Refinish

The contrast of the gray wood stain with the bright turquoise goes with the room so perfectly.

Dresser Stained Top

And it’s plenty big enough for the crazy big TV and all the “gear” that the guys have!

Turquoise Entertainment Center

It’s not perfect – but I’m so proud of how it turned out!

I’d love to know what you think too!

Linking up at Sunday Scoop, Today’s Creative Blog, Met Monday, Tutorials & Tips Tuesday, Shabby Creek Cottage, My Repurposed Life, 504 Main, Positively Splendid, and the other fabulous parties on the party page – make sure you check them out!


  • Reply January 22, 2013


    AWESOME!! What a beautiful re-make!! I find it hard to take that plunge to spray paint ‘good’ wood furniture, but it’s ALWAYS worth it!

  • Reply January 22, 2013

    Bonnie Turner

    This is gorgeous – what a project!!! hmmm, gives me some food for thought – my townhouse is furnished by craigslist and Salvation Army. The only new things we bought when we moved here were mattresses. It’s a rather eclectic look but why pay $3000 for a large oak bedroom set when you can get it for $600 plus a small moving charge!! And I don’t have the money to buy new.
    How many days/hours approx. did it take you to do this??

    I am amazed – you are one crafty lady – and your blog is the first one I’ve ever read – you do a great job of giving instructions with good pics.

  • Reply January 23, 2013

    Jenny Lynn

    Amazing! I have dresser that I have been wanting to do the same thing to. Right now it is holding the TV…until our nasty winter passes. Not going to paint it in the house. Job well done on yours.

  • Reply January 23, 2013


    Very well done!

  • Reply January 23, 2013


    Great transformation! Very pretty color! Found you through Roadkill Rescue!


  • Reply January 23, 2013


    Just gorgeous, as everything you do is! I love the shiny blue finish. Thanks for sharing at A Crafty Soiree :)

  • Reply January 24, 2013


    Bev this is awesome! We need an new entertainment system too and I love how you did this, so pretty!

  • Reply January 27, 2013


    Bev- I am swooning over that bold color! Your transformation turned out fantastic!!

  • Reply January 28, 2013


    Love this! This is pretty much exactly what I want to do for my entertainment center when I move, and I love the pattern of your drawer liner!!

    I would love it if you would link up at Martha Mondays, open now through Wednesday night!


  • Reply February 1, 2013


    Show and Tell Saturday at Sassy Little Lady is LIVE! I’d love to have you share your post!


  • Reply April 25, 2013


    This is adorable!!! I live in the UK right now but am moving back to the States next year and have been collecting a bunch of different pieces to re-do once home, I have a dresser very similar to this! Now I want to attack it haha!! Good Job!!

  • Reply November 22, 2013


    Wow!!!!! this is awesome!!!!!! You did a great job and I love the color!!!

  • Reply December 22, 2013


    Thanks for sharing your creative project. I have a dresser very similar and after seeing your finished prize, I think I will try it! I have a hutch with mirror that I plan to leave on it. I will place bead board over the mirror and caulk around it. I think it will look more like an entertainment center that way.
    Hope mine turns out as beautiful as yours!

  • Reply August 17, 2014


    I love this Bev!! Just wanted to let you know that I’m featuring your dresser project in my DIY media center round up tomorrow (with a link back, of course!). If you would rather not be featured, that’s fine, just let me know. You did an amazing job:)


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