DIY Dressing Table From Old Furniture

Our daughter wanted her room changing around and decorating and wanted a dressing table where she could do her makeup and hair etc. We looked around and couldn’t find anything directly suitable for her as she wanted drawers as well as a larger top. And any we did find where to expensive, so though would have a go at making her a custom one.

The top came from an old worktop that we had just cut down to the right width and length needed. I just used some large metal brackets to secure this to the wall at the right height to be usable. This supported the back but if leaned hard on the front would put pressure on the brackets so I used an old stair spinal for the one side secured by two old L brakets and on the other we had two old bedside tables with drawers that were going to be thrown. So used one of these for the other side though wasn’t tall enough so cut down some old wooden legs that had in the shed and screwed these to the top of the bedside table.

As the spindal, bedside table and legs where of different colours and wood, we just painted it all in white gloss. As the top was an old kitchen worktop, the one edge didn’t have any edging on the one side. As only needed a short strip what I did was get a bit of the off cut worktop, measured the size needed scored with a knife the size needed then put a thin hand towel over the top so could use the iron to heat up the glue then used a wallpaper scraper to prise the laminate off. Then just glued this to the side.

The mirror which is one with a centre large mirror and thinner mirrors either side that are hinged. We brought from a charity shop for just £10, again this was dark wood so needed to be painted by masking off the mirror and again painting using gloss paint. For lighting I had an old dual angle prose lamp in the loft so used this with a new cool white bright Led Bulb.

Here is a breakdown of cost an materials used.

Old bedside table = Free
Old kitchen worktop = Free
Supports both sides = Free
Leftover paint = Free
2 x Metal Brackets = £3
Screws and wallplugs = £1
Mirror = £10

So total cost was just £14, The only thing we need to get is a better chair as using an old dinning room chair we had spare. Under the dressing table is some red led lights, these are from a separate project in the room using old fairy lights to create a glow around the TV.

I also used the other bedside table and the worktop for our daughters fish tank so matches. Also in her room was a large wardrobe, this needed cutting down by 5″ width to fit the other side and then painted again with spare gloss. so all matches in her room. So to change the whole room didn’t cost that much including wallpaper, wall paint etc.


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