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There are a variety of approaches that can be taken with a do-it-yourself dresser. Some people are willing to go all out and build a custom-made dresser from scratch. Meanwhile, others are only interested in revamping an old, beat-up dresser. Whichever project you are interested in, you'll find that both are relatively easy ways to create a custom dresser for your bedroom.

Custom Dressers

  • Building a custom dresser may take more time and effort, but may be more beneficial to those who are looking to match their current furniture. You can check out your local home-improvement store to find out what types of woods are available to you.

    When choosing woods to build your dresser, choose species that match the existing woods in your room. If you're not concerned about matching, then look to choose sturdy woods, such as cherry or oak. You can also use softer woods like pine; however, be prepared for dents and scratches that may be inevitable in households with pets or children.

    The thickness of the wood will determine how sturdy your dresser is overall. Choosing cuts at least 1/2-inch thick will help ensure that your dresser is built to last.

    After you know what materials you plan to use, you should take measurements of the area where the dresser will be placed. You can use those measurements to construct a dresser approximately that size and shape. You should draw a plan or sketch of what your dresser will look like, including the size and measurements for the overall dresser and each individual drawer or compartment. Dressers come in a variety of sizes, shapes and styles, so be creative.

    Before painting, you may want to drill the holes for your hardware. You don't need to attach the hardware just yet, but knowing ahead of time where the knobs and rollers are going to go will benefit the assembly process. Keep a level and ruler handy so that you can ensure all knobs or handles are perfectly straight, giving the front of the dresser a uniform look.

    For a seamless look when assembling your dresser, you may want to apply the paint or stain and allow it to dry for several days. This will help ensure that there aren't any missed spots or bubbling along cracks that may occur when you paint an assembled dresser.

    Finally, attach your hardware last. Knobs, handles and other hardware can get damaged or even damage to the dresser during the assembly process.

Revamping a Dresser

  • Refinishing a dresser may be significantly easier than building a custom dresser. For homes that feature a cottage look or an eclectic look, a revamped dresser may better fit the home's atmosphere.

    Prior to bringing home a used dresser, check to see that the dresser is still stable. Simple adjustments may be made for dressers that are missing legs or need other simple fixes. Unstable dressers with worn structure, holes or other serious issues may be unusable.

    When revamping an old dresser, first remove the old paint or stain. Be sure to pull out the drawers, and get into each nook and cranny. You may find that some of the hardware needs to be replaced; this should be done before or after the refinishing process.

    If an old dresser isn't what you're looking for, many stores also sell unfinished furniture---including dressers---at a fraction of the cost. You can utilize these deals and create your own custom furniture for relatively cheap. Plus, you'll guarantee that they match your style and needs.

    Whatever you choose, a do-it-yourself dresser is a great way to add some originality to your bedroom.

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