Childhood Dresser Re-do

Childhood Dresser Re-do

Give an old dresser a makeover with mirrors using carpenter Amy Devers’ step-by-step instructions.


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Materials
Old dresser
Electric sander with 120-grit sandpaper
Painter’s tape
Spray paint
(1 per drawer) 1/8-inch mirrored acrylic, pre-cut to 2 inches smaller than width and height of drawer front
Ruler
Pencil
Drill with 1/8-inch drill bit
(2 per drawer) decorative wood trim — width of drawer panel with 45-degree mitered corners
(2 per drawer) decorative wood trim — height of drawer panel with 45-degree mitered corners
Hammer
Small box of 1-inch finishing nails
(2 per drawer) decorative drawer knobs

Instructions

  1. Remove the existing drawer knobs and discard. Remove the drawers from the dresser. Use an electric sander with 120-grit sandpaper to remove any finish and rough up the surface on the drawer fronts and the dresser body. This will allow for paint to grip the surfaces in later steps
  2. Use painter’s tape to protect the inner ledges of the dresser and behind the drawer fronts from spray paint. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the dresser body, drawer fronts and decorative wood trim. Allow paint to dry then apply a second coat of paint

Preparing the Mirror Acrylic:

  1. Mirror acrylic comes with protective plastic film over the front. Place the acrylic face up on your work surface. Use a ruler to find the center point along each short edge and mark with a pencil. Draw a pencil line across the protective film to connect the pencil marks. Measure 3 inches in from each edge along the pencil line and mark. This is where the new knobs will be placed. Carefully drill 1/8-inch pilot holes through the acrylic on your marks

Tip: Don’t push too hard when drilling the acrylic or it will crack it. Let the drill bit naturally pull itself through while you steady the drill.

Adding the Mirror Acrylic, Trim and Knobs:

  1. Turn the first drawer on its end so the front is facing upward. Center a piece of mirror acrylic on top of the drawer front, using a ruler to make sure it is evenly spaced on all sides. Once it’s centered, draw around the mirror acrylic with a pencil, and then put it to one side

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  1. Mask off the edges of the drawer with painter’s tape following the pencil lines as a guide for placement. This will protect the edges from spray glue in the next step

  1. Apply spray glue over the drawer front and the back of the mirror acrylic, and then press the acrylic down on top of the drawer front. Remove the painter’s tape from around the edge once the acrylic is firmly in place

  1. Lay the pre-cut trim flush with the sides of the mirror acrylic so the mitered corners are aligned. Hammer three finishing nails into each piece of trim to hold it in place. Once the trim is in place, peal the protective plastic off of the mirror acrylic

  1. Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes through the existing 1/8-inch holes in the mirror acrylic and into the drawer. Screw the new decorative knobs into the drawer front

  1. Repeat Steps 4 to 8 for each drawer. Once all the drawers are finished, put them back into the dresser

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