Refinished Dresser without Drawers into Beach Storage

What can you do with a dresser without drawers? What a great idea to create a refinished dresser without drawers into storage for beach supplies! This would be great at a lake house or beach house. The subway lettering is a perfect way to customize it.

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Whenever I see a dresser without drawers, a sense of hoarder guilt floods over me.  How could I spend money, or even use up precious garage space, for a dresser that is missing pieces?!  Thankfully, I didn’t need to wrestle with that guilt in someone else’s driveway this time, because my dad simply dropped this one off in my garage for me.  (I appreciate him sourcing my furniture refinishing habit, but I have told him that if he brings me something that I don’t want, he is responsible for disposing of it for me.)

What can you do with a dresser without drawers? What a great idea to create a refinished dresser without drawers into storage for beach supplies! This would be great at a lake house or beach house.

So this dresser missing half of its drawers sat in my garage for a year, and I finally decided that I didn’t need it and it was only cluttering up my already cluttered-up garage.  But at that last minute, even after I told my dad I wanted him to get rid of it, I changed my mind yet again.  I figured out the perfect use for it, and now I couldn’t be happier with its new purpose.

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Plus, because of this dresser without all of its drawers, I’m bringing you a giveaway!!  If you’re considering painting a piece of your own furniture, or maybe you picked up a drawer-less dumpster dresser of your own, you need to enter this giveaway for a chance to win some amazing paint and finishes from General Finishes!

I recently wrote a post all about the various types of paint out there for painting furniture.  If you read that post, you probably could tell that I have a lot of great things to say about General Finishes Milk Paint.  It gives one of the most professional finishes I’ve seen, even if you are not a professional painter!

For this dresser, I used General Finishes Milk Paint in Driftwood Gray.  It took two coats of paint. how to refinish a dresser without drawersI also painted the inside of the drawer compartments. It’s pretty simple to paint the inside of shelves by brushing in the corners and edges, and then rolling the bases and sides.

How to stencil words on a dresser | Subway art on a dresserFor the subway art on the drawers, I made a design and cut it out with my Silhouette.  For an intricate stencil like this one, I’ve found the only way to get it onto the surface in a nice way is to use transfer paper.  I removed the inside of the stencil and then stuck the transfer paper onto the stencil.  Then, it’s easy to pick up the entire stencil on the transfer paper and place it on the drawer.  After removing the transfer paper, it’s time to paint!  There’s a trick I use every time I stencil now, and it gives me those clean lines without that annoying bleed through under the stencil.  You can read all about it in this post.

What can you do with a dresser without drawers? What a great idea to create a refinished dresser without drawers into storage for beach supplies! This would be great at a lake house or beach house. The subway lettering is a perfect way to customize it.I purposely didn’t paint into every section with the sponge so that it looked a little weathered.

Use rope to make handles on a dresser for a beach house or lake house | How to make dresser handles or pulls out of ropeI took the budget friendly approach for the handles and used 1/4″ thick manila rope.  I knew I would struggle explaining the process, so I just made sure to take pictures of every step.

What can you do with a dresser without drawers? What a great idea to create a refinished dresser without drawers into storage for beach supplies! This would be great at a lake house or beach house.Now we have the perfect storage area for all of the beach stuff at our little lake house.  The towels, water rings, inner tubes, beach coolers, and swimsuits used to sit in plastic totes on the floor, but now they are neatly stored away in this one of a kind dresser.  I think it’s actually one of my favorite pieces for our cottage, and it totally made me start itching for nice weather and trips to the beach!

What can you do with a dresser without drawers? What a great idea to create a refinished dresser without drawers into storage for beach supplies! This would be great at a lake house or beach house.I decorated this room with a vintage camp theme, so when a woman at a garage sale wanted $1 for that adorable metal tackle box, I tried my best to keep from squealing with delight.  I’ll have a full room reveal soon, as I just have a few odds and ends to pull together to call it finished!

What can you do with a dresser without drawers? What a great idea to create a refinished dresser without drawers into storage for beach supplies! This would be great at a lake house or beach house. The subway lettering is a perfect way to customize it.What do you think?  Wasn’t this dresser worth keeping?

What can you do with a dresser without drawers? What a great idea to create a refinished dresser without drawers into storage for beach supplies! This would be great at a lake house or beach house.

Now let’s get to the fun part – winning some free painting supplies!!  General Finishes will be supplying the winner with three pints of product of your choice.  You can choose from their Milk Paint line, their new Chalk Effects line, their Glaze Effects, or their High Performance Top Coats (honestly, the best and only finishes I now use on furniture) if you are the lucky winner!

To enter, please complete the entries below.  The giveaway will run until next Sunday evening, April 10th, at midnight.  The winner will be announced on Monday.  Good luck, and happy painting!

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What can you do with a dresser without drawers? What a great idea to create a refinished dresser without drawers into storage for beach supplies! This would be great at a lake house or beach house.
Make handles out of rope for a cheap and easy way to bring coastal charm to a dresser. This would be perfect for a lake house, beach house, or nautical themed room!

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34 thoughts on “Refinished Dresser without Drawers into Beach Storage

  1. I would use the dark green milk paint on dresser that was given to me a long time ago. I was my husbands uncles wedding present back in the late 50s 🙂

  2. I visited the paint website,its a really nice paint company! I love the chalk colors that they have, if i win I will surely be motivated to paint one of my old furniture pieces in my attic.
    Maria

  3. I am a huge fan of subway art & just love this! I just bought a Cricut Explore Air and am still learning. I would love to create subway art. I picked up transfer tape and vinyl. You inspired me!

  4. Super nice!! Love anything that is older than me!!! And to refurbish so as to bring life back to it is so inspirational!! I would refinish just about anything in the Key West Blue, chalk paint! My daughter, married to a Norwegian, leans towards the Scandinavian colors, of course!

  5. Thanks so much for the chance to win Jenny! I’ve never used GF products before so it was exciting to learn about them more. I love the linen color. Ive pinned and will share on FB and IG too. Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thanks Wendi! You are so right about all the DIY projects!! Even when I think the list is getting smaller, I think of new ideas. Which of course makes me only more excited!

  6. I’m thinking I need the Stillwater bl Blue chalk paint to refinish an old headboard and night stand for our master bedroom.

  7. Jenny, this dresser is so awesome!! I love the color, the stencils, and the pulls!! This is a great save!! Can’t wait to see the room reveal!! Thanks for linking up to Sweet Inspiration!

  8. I absolutely love this project, not only for beach storage but how about in a lake house. Right by the back door that leads to the lake, keep all essentials in one easy to grab spot. Love it!

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