Upcycled Dresser Bar

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On occasion, we’ll pick up or acquire a chest of drawers that has seen better days. Often times one or more drawers will be damaged… or even missing. A favorite project of ours for these misfits is to give them the opportunity to be reincarnated into a higher form: a bar.

Painting the dresserThe amount of decoration that your chest has and the level of damage it has suffered will help you to shape its new form. Like a hockey player’s absent teeth, sometimes we run across furniture that used to be better adorned that its present state. If the absence of a particular piece of molding isn’t a detriment that you can’t live without, we can balance both sides of the piece to reestablish symmetry. This works pretty well. Obviously, we don’t employ this technique on priceless heirlooms or museum pieces, but for non-historically significant pieces, this will provide balance and pleasing aesthetics that delight you and your purse.

Occasionally a piece will look funny without replacing some molding, if you aren’t confident that you can replicate the look to your satisfaction, pass on the piece. If it just needs balancing, grab it up at a bargain! Of course, use the missing molding to your advantage when negotiating price.

Sometimes one of the drawer fronts will make a nice back splash for your bar, we’ve employed this technique on more than one occasion. Check out the pictures for inspiration.

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Laura Locke

Laura works alongside her husband at their furniture painting and repair business, Turning Leaf Crafts in Covington, TN. You can visit their website www.turningleafcrafts.com to learn more and follow along as they blog about their adventures in the world of repurposed furniture.

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