How to Convert a Dresser Into a Dressing Table

Updated April 17, 2017

A dressing table is a piece of furniture that can instantly add a touch of glamour to a space, harking back to the Hollywood era of feather boas and chaise lounges. A basic dresser can be easily converted into a dressing table with just a few basic tools and accessories, and the task can take just one afternoon to complete. With some tips and guidelines, making a dressing table out of a dresser can be simple and rewarding.

Remove the lower drawers of an old dresser, leaving only the top drawer behind. Knock out any shelving or support beams attached to the dresser that were supporting the removed drawers. Use the hammer to remove all extra parts.

Smooth down the inside walls of the dresser with sandpaper. Make sure to remove any rough spots that may have been left behind after removing the drawers, continuing until a smooth surface is created.

Cover the counter of the dresser with decorative scarves, layering them to create a sumptuous look.

Place hat boxes in the open space created from the removed drawers. The hat boxes can be filled with hats, shoes and other accessories.

Place a table mirror on the top of the dressing table. Place other jewellery organisers on the dressers, such as a jewellery box or necklace rack, and fill them with accessories.


Decorate the table with an old-fashioned feather boa. Place the table in a well-lit area.


Be careful when removing parts from the dresser to prevent cuts to the hands.

Things You'll Need

  • Dresser
  • Hammer
  • Sandpaper
  • Hat boxes
  • Scarves
  • Mirror
  • Necklace hanger
  • Jewellery box
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