Upcycled Dresser To Media Center

When I saw this solid dresser for sale on Craigslist, I couldn’t pass it up even though I didn’t have a project in mind or a buyer.

I pretty much have it’s smaller twin in my living room and all. That baby was one of the first pieces I ever painted and I still love it. Even though the boys ripped the handle off the middle section. (I still have it…someday I’ll put it back on. When they stop using it as a pirate ship wheel).

Back to the huge brown dresser…..It weighed a ton and I dragged it home all by myself. I’m only sharing this part of the story because the man who sold it to me told me I couldn’t manage it on my own and to get someone to help me move it. Bam! Challenge accepted.

I immediately listed it on a local buy and sell page and a lovely lady wanted to know if I could paint it a cream color as she was hoping to use this in her living room as a media center. Second challenge accepted.

We chose Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee however, I had Sherwin Williams mix up the color. I just like how smooth their paint is (and they give me a discount!)

The dresser had been previously painted in a brown color (why???) and had some dings and scratches so I sanded it down before patching and sanding some more.

I used a spray primer for this baby that adheres to plastic just to be sure it took.  I think it was Krylon but I’d already pitched the empty can. I use both Krylon and Rustoleum and like them both. FYI…I buy my paint supplies online because I can shop in peace #parentingwin (Affiliate links included.)

And then…..dun dun dun…..I busted out my brand new Home Right Paint Sprayer (Affiliate Link). Oh emm gee, y’all! I ordered this a couple of weeks ago from Amazon and was too scared to use it. I’m clearly a ding-dong.

I’m not sponsored by Home Right or anything like that…I’m just really happy with how easy this is to use.

Initially, the plan was to remove the drawer fronts like I did with my own media center and then re-attach the frames to the drawer edges.

Except this.

Thick wood plus tons of glue. Nope.

We decided to use the interior cupboard to hold the cable box and DVD player. We kept the door attached so that it could be closed off when not in use. I heart tidy.


FYI- Painting the interior of cabinets or drawers is not my usual thing. Too much stretching and pretzel twisting on the driveway to get at the corners. Not a problem with the paint sprayer though! Ok. I still didn’t like it but it was definitely easier.

The dresser only required two coats of paint because I used the sprayer and I had primed it thoroughly. Which is a darn good thing since it about killed me to drag it in and out of the garage.

The handles were just a brown metal with a red under tone.


We decided to keep them but they got a face lift with some primer and Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.

Hello! We have a media center ready for pick up.



Huge difference!


Now that I know how easy it is to use a paint sprayer, I’ve barely put it down. I’m actually planning to give it a try in my bedroom at the trailer if it ever stops raining on the weekends.

Have you used a paint sprayer for any of your projects? It’s ah maze ing!


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