Repurpose a Dresser for Nursery: White with Pink Knobs Upcycle

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My sweet husband humored me during the last few months of my pregnancy by doing some crafting of his own manly variety.  For instance, I asked him to repurpose this dresser from the 60’s for baby girl for less than 25$!  It used to be his grandmother’s dresser, then his dresser as a child, and now it’s an updated dresser for our girls!

He’s not a super craft when it comes to woodworking, but he was able to borrow some tools from my Dad and make the dresser perfect for our daughter’s nursery.  The nursery is a pink owl theme, so finding a matching dresser was difficult.  Plus, this old dresser was the PERFECT size for our nursery wall.  I really didn’t want to get rid of it.

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Dresser Repurpose Quick Tutorial

We first started by taking off the awful handles from the front of the dresser.  My husband had to pry them off, which took a bit of muscle since they were glued one! The holes and imperfections from removing the handles he filled then with spackle.

We then sanded and scuffed up the dresser a little bit with steel wool. I let my husband and dad take over and spray paint the dresser and its drawers.

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It only took them around 4 cans of paint. They did a couple of coats to make sure the wood color would not show through. We left the pieces outside in the shed to dry for a few days and air out the fumes before bringing it back into the house with pregnant momma!

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I wanted to custom pick the color of the knobs (and there really aren’t that many options for pink knobs out there anyway!), so I went with unfinished knobs from Lowe’s. I picked a pink paint sample that was the perfect shade for the knobs. Once the knobs were screwed in, I was so happy with how things turned out!

The dresser is now complete with my homemade diaper changing pad cover.  I think it turned our super cute!  And much better than that old dresser at first!

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If you’re interested in how the nursery turned our, see all the posts of her pink owl-themed nursery.

Edit: We repurposed this dresser one more time for my younger daughter…check out redo #2: mint, salmon, and gold nursery dresser makeover!  We didn’t have to paint the whole dresser luckily, so this dresser repurpose was a simple as replacing the knobs.

 

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