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DIY Dresser

DIY Dresser - Finished Product

DIY Dresser with 5 drawers

Hi everyone!  Hope your Monday has been wonderful 🙂  Tonight, I am going to share with you a great set of plans I got from, her fabulous DIY Dresser with 5 drawers.  Our oldest daughter needed a new dresser, but hated the high furniture prices, and the fact she could not find a bedroom dresser she loved.  Browsing through Ana’s site I came across her plan for the wide cabin DIY Dresser.  After getting our daughter’s approval, her father and I got to work building this fantastic bedroom dresser!

DIY dresser - Almost complete
DIY Dresser – Almost complete

It was an easy build, and took us a weekend to complete, down to the staining of the DIY dresser.  Here is what we did:

1. We read the plans from front to back, and precut all our Select Pine Lumber and PureBond plywood we purchased from The Home Depot.  We then marked out all the Pocket Holes (PH’s) as suggested by the plan by drilling 3/4″ holes using our Kreg Jig, and attaching the pieces with 1 1/4″ Kreg screws  and glue (Curt loves nails as well, so he also added a couple nails using the Ryobi Cordless Nailer. We were relieved to find how easy it was constructing this part of the DIY dresser 🙂

DIY Dresser - Wood for the project
DIY Dresser – Wood for the Project
DIY Dresser - Wood for the project
DIY Dresser – Pre-Cut Wood


DIY Dresser - husband making careful measurements
DIY Dresser – Measurements
DIY Dresser -Side panel
DIY Dresser -Side panel















2. Once finished, we attached the legs as directed with 1 1/4″ PH screws, and attached the bottom with 1/2″ and 2 1/2 screws (we used Kreg brand screws and love them).

DIY Dresser -Side panel PH screws and glue
DIY Dresser -Side panel PH screws and glue
DIY Dresser -one side panel complete
DIY Dresser -one side panel complete









3. Moving through the plan, we added the front and back trim, watching the DIY dresser take come to life.  We took Ana’s advice and added the dividers as we went along, and we were glad we did! (see plan).

DIY Dresser -drawer frames attached
DIY Dresser – Frame
DIY Dresser -aligning the drawer frame
DIY Dresser – Aligning Frame









4. We continued the process until we had the frame and dividers complete, making sure we were accurate with the dividers by using our level.  This helped with adjustments, and got us to the next step quickly.

DIY Dresser - the completed frame
DIY Dresser – the completed frame







5. In step 5, we build the top using PureBond Plywood and attached it with 2″ Kreg screws as the plan advised through 2×2 top trim (we were feeling great about the build – because it was exactly as the plan stated). We then drilled 3/4″ pocket holes around all sides of bottom shelf and attached to side trim using 1/14″ pocket hole screws just like the plan suggested.

DIY Dresser - attach the top
DIY Dresser – attach the top




Kreg Screws
Kreg Screws






6. Once we got the frame built and the top/bottom into place, we build the drawers.  Because we have had trouble with drawers in the past, we decided to fit each drawer to the opening making sure it was right the first time, allowing us to adjust as we moved along. (see plan)

DIY Dresser - Building the drawers
DIY Dresser – Building the drawers
DIY Dresser - installing the drawer glides
DIY Dresser – installing the drawer glides

7.  After fitting each drawer, we then added 1×2 pine blocking for drawer braces on the sides and under each drawer in the center for extra support (we know our daughter and what lives in her dresser, so we wanted the bottoms to have the support she needed ;-).  We installed the supports  3/4″ from front face frame as plan directed giving us room while installing the drawers.

DIY Dresser - almost finished
DIY Dresser – almost finished

8. Now that the braces were installed, we insert glides on to the drawers using the glides suggested that we bought at The Home Depot, and attach drawer faces using 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue”.  Standing back, we were very pleased with the view of the dresser.

Drawer Glides
Drawer Glides

9. Moving to the back, we attach 1/4″ plywood (PureBond) using 3/4″ nails and our favorite Wood Glue. We now had this beautiful dresser.

DIY Dresser - time to stain
DIY Dresser – time to stain

10. We filled the nail holes using Elmer’s wood filler and completely dried, and then sanded the dresser with 120 grit sand paper.  Once done, we cleaned the dust, and applied wood sealer to the pine and PureBond.  (This is standard on our projects, helping to keep stain bleed from absorbing to heavy and blotching the stain.

Elmer's wood filler
Elmer’s wood filler

11. We then stained the dresser using a combination of Minwax Mahogany stain and Espresso stain at our daughter’s request.  This gave the piece the darker color she was looking for with a hue of red inside the stain, matching her headboard and side tables.

DIY Dresser - Stained - time for the hardware
DIY Dresser – Stained – time for the hardware

12.  Last, we added Liberty 1-1/4 in. Hollow Cabinet Hardware to the drawers and delivered to our daughter’s apartment.  Here’s the finished project, living in it’s new owners suite!

DIY Dresser - The finished product
DIY Dresser – The finished product

Our daughter loves the dresser!  She now has five new drawers, an open dresser bottom for storage or baskets, and the height is perfect for her TV.  It was a win-win, and she got the dresser of her dreams thanks to Ana’s plans.  If you would like to build this piece you can get plans at

Hope you all enjoyed the post as much as we enjoyed building and sharing it with you!  Here’s to a great Monday evening! 🙂