How to Make Old Dressers Into Display Cabinets

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How to Make Old Dressers Into Display Cabinets
Find ways to reuse old furniture in other areas of your home. (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Instead of getting rid of unused old dressers, repurpose them into display cabinets. A big part of green design is using what you already have in different ways. For the most part, you do not need to be ultra handy to do this. It can be done without having to change anything about the actual structure of the piece. All it takes is a little time and ingenuity to turn your forgotten furnishings into fabulous elements in your interior design.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Paint and painting supplies
  • Contact paper or wallpaper
  • Glass doors (optional)
  • Glass paint, etching kit or frosting kit
  • Knobs and pulls

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    Paint your dresser to look like a whole new piece. A solid coat of white fits into a country and shabby chic design scheme, while a black lacquer turns the traditional into the contemporary.

  2. 2

    Use existing open shelves for display. Cover the shelves in contact paper or old wallpaper for added visual interest.

  3. 3

    Replace solid doors with glass ones. Another option is to simply leave them open to show off your collection and use the same colour of paint, contact paper or wallpaper to cover the inside.

  4. 4

    Paint any existing mirror with glass paint or use and etching kit or frosting spray to create designs. Make a border around the mirror with these techniques or cover the whole surface of it.

  5. 5

    Slip old postcards, photographs or other paper items into the edges of the mirror to show off your collection. Another option would be to cover the entire mirror with these items using speciality "paper tape" that will not damage them.

  6. 6

    Replace existing knobs and pulls with ones that fit into your interior design style. Another option would be to find ones that mimic your collection, such as ceramic knobs with painted ship on them if you are displaying old maps.

  7. 7

    Cover the inside of drawers with a matching layer or paint, contact paper or wallpaper and pull them out at different widths. Leave them open to display a linen collection such as vintage handkerchiefs, scarves or embroidered dresser runners.

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