DIY Refurbished Dresser Chair Set

A creative and crafty DIY from Paige Hemmis.


  • Brad nail gun
  • Brad nails (or finishing nails)
  • Hack saw or jig saw
  • Hammer
  • 1”x2” piece of wood
  • Plywood (3/4” or thicker will work)
  • One sheet of beadboard
  • 3 yards of fabric (your choice on the color/style)
  • Hot glue
  • Glue sticks
  • Marker (Sharpie)
  • Pillows/cushion
  • Paint (optional)

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1) Take your old chest of drawers and remove all drawers. Do not discard will need them for the ottoman later.

2) You will need to remove the top next. You can do this by either using a hammer to hammer it off from the bottom up, or you can take the jig saw and cut it out.

3) Depending on how many drawers you have, you will need to cut out the center pieces that hold the drawers up and separate the drawers from one another.

4) If your dresser has side rails, you are good to go. If it doesn’t, you will need to cut two pieces of 1”x2” at the length of the depth of your chair. These will act as reinforcement pieces to be used to hold up the seat.

5) Cut your plywood to fit inside the dresser, resting on the reinforcement side pieces.

6) Make it slightly smaller than your space since you will be adding fabric to it, which will make it slightly bigger.

7) Take your beadboard and cut a piece to fit the backing and the sides. Set aside.

8) For the bottom cushion, set the plywood on top of the batting and draw an outline with a marker.

9) Cut out the batting. If your batting isn’t thick enough, add layers and layers until you reach your desired size.

10) Lay the plywood on the fabric and use your marker to draw around the plywood. You will need this to be larger than the plywood, so mark about 5” LARGER than plywood all the way around.

11) Lay the fabric on a flat surface, lay the batting on top of the fabric and add the piece of plywood.

12) Use the hot glue gun to secure the fabric around the plywood by folding it over. You can use the brad nail gun to secure into place.

13) If you want to add paint to your dresser, now is the time to do it and let it dry.

14) Add your beadboard to the back and sides of the chair with wood glue (or liquid nails) and hold in place with brad nails. Make sure to get the correct size of nails so that they do not go through the back of the dresser.

15) Place the bottom cushion on the dresser.

16) Decorate with cushions or pillows and enjoy your new chair!

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