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How to turn a Dresser into a Media Center

Written By petite karinne on Monday, December 30, 2013 | 4:26 AM



A great find! Thrift shop cheap!  

A Drexel nine drawer dresser quite dusty, dirty and beat up, but very solid!






Very heavy, so it was a two person transport.





Because this doesn't really work for us,
the dresser will become a media center. 



Paint and nail polish spotted, and a little worn 
finish can all be removed from this 
veneer top with a lot of light sanding.




The drawers are well made, nothing loose or broken. 



A bonus feature in a drawer.



First round of sanding with an orbit sander.



Trim edging is primed and painted but an angle tip sander is getting it off.





Not bad for veneer! 

Edges are coming clean. 






Drexel Brand stamped in the drawer. 


The drawers were constructed very well. 
They are quite heavy too. 

First coat of sprayed paint on the 
drawer fronts in flat black enamel. 

Second coat.






Very quick dry color for the top, sanded and ready. 



The pecan color was a good choice! 



The veneer grain still peeks through nicely.



Now for the base. I drilled 3 cord holes on the top shelf, intended for electronics.



Taping off the top from the base, 
it was clean up time and paint prep.




The top shelf area needed to be painted all over 
each surface, and it did take two coats. 




Dried, and ready for the knobs. Easy stuff. 




Now to load it up with "media stuff" 


I love these copper highlighted knobs. They blend perfectly.













This is much better. 











Before and after ... happily ever after ~









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