This simple dresser turned scrapbook work center is the perfect way to incorporate your scrap booking hobby into almost any room in your home. When you have finished working on your photos and scrap books for the day you can simply close your DIY project and no one will be the wiser.
I live in a small space. If you live in a small space and find that you need to have your scrap booking work station in your bedroom this dresser redo project is a great way to incorporate your scrap booking work station into your bedroom. All you have to do is simply shut the door and no one will know your scrap booking work station is in your bedroom!
To Make a scrap booking work station Out of a Tall Dresser You Will Need:
1 Tall Wood Dresser
Desk slider hardware
Drill with bits
Cork board sheeting
Paint rollers and Brushes
Sander or Sand Paper
Magnetic door clip
Sheet if Birch or Pine Plywood (cut to size)
A tall dresser will work best for this scrap booking work station project. Tall and narrow, instead of short and wide. Look for a dresser that is at least four feet tall.
Now, the first step is to remove the drawers.
Now, use your jig saw to cut the entire front piece of wood inside the main frame of the dresser. These are the wood slats that the drawers slide into. Use your sand paper to sand down any rough edges.
Now, You will need to buy desk sliding hardware that fits into this space. Ikea and office depot both sell the metal track system that also you to slide a piece of desk out. It looks like those sliding systems that allow you to slide out your keyboard on a computer desk, only larger.
I like to measure the inside of the dresser. Cut on piece of birch plywood out that fits exactly. Install this scrapbook work area piece into the dresser at desk height.
Now, cut out a second piece of birch plywood that fits in to your sliding desk hardware.
Install this under the first piece of birch wood. This wills double your desk space. Instead of just having a lap top in this home office, you might be able to fit a computer monitor and column.
Use your drill to drill one hole in each side of the inside of the scrap booking work station. I like these to be about 4 inches down from the top.
You want them to be the same size as your dowel. You can slide your dowel into place and it can hold rolls of tape, rolls of ribbon, or any other scrap booking materials you may use.
Now, you need to remove you drawer fronts form the main box of the drawers. You can again use your jig saw to do this. This will be unique to each dress, but some dresser may be assembling so that you can simple pull the front panel of the drawer.
Sand down the back of the front drawer panel until it is flat and smooth.
Now, measure the main opening on the body of the dresser.
Cut you birch or pine plywood to about one inch longer and wider than this opening.
Now, attach each of the drawer fronts from the vintage dresser to the front of this birch plywood. You can simply predrill a hole through the plywood and into the back of the drawer front. Screw them in place.
Now, you need to attach the new front of the scrap booking work station with the piano hanger. I like to lay the dresser on its back, flat on the ground.
Attach the hinges to the front left of the wood on the dresser. Now, have a friend help you hold the new “door” in place. Hold the hinge up to the new front where it will attach. Use a marker to mark through the hole where you need to pre drill holed. Predrill small holes partially thought aback of the front panel. Now, use small screws to attach the hinge to he back of the panel.
Go ahead and close the front panel of your scrap booking work station. Decide where you want to install your magnetic clip that will hold the front door of your scrap booking work station shut. Install this simply buy install one Side of the magnet to the dresser and the other piece to the matching space on the back of the door. You can find these magnetic door hardware clips at any hardware or home improvement store in the door cabinet door hardware aisle.
Now, predrill some one inch holes in the back of the dresser. This will allow the cords from your hot glue gun and lamps to go out the back and plug into ht wall.
Now, you can sand the entire scrap booking work station and prime it out. Now, paint it in milk paint, house paint, or any finish you choose. It is important to paint the entire piece to make it look cohesive.
You can install a sheet for cork board that covers the entire inside back of your scrap booking work station on the inside. Do this after you paint so you do not ruin the cork board painting.
You could also install this cork board onto the door of the scrap booking work station. Simply cut the sheet of cork to size. Spray some adhesive one and pres it in place.
Since your dresser turned scrap booking work station is wood you can also screw wall mounting storage inside to hold pens, photos, markers, scissors and other scrap booking material.