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Pottery Barn Inspired DIY Dresser

Hey friends! I am SO excited to share my latest build!  This next one has been a long time coming.  This has been where my son’s tv has been resting for the last few months…

I know… Pretty shanty, right?? 😉

I have been avoiding tackling  a dresser for sometime, because I thought it might be too hard.  Well I am happy to report that it did not kill me, and it really wasn’t too difficult at all!  The best part??  His tv and clothes now have a new home!  Here it is!  Ana gave me a great set of easy plans to follow and you can see them HERE!

DIY Pottery Barn Dresser

I will say that the Kreg Jig® is a MUST for this build.  If you need another excuse to finally go and buy one, just check our last 10-15 furniture projects.  You need one… I promise!

I will show you a few tips here, and you can get the full set of plans for my Pottery Barn Inspired Dresser HERE on Ana White’s site!

I used my Kreg Jig® on lots of parts!

The sides…

Kreg Jig Pocket Holes

pocket hole jig

The base…

pocket holes in base

The base looks like this after it is attached…

This is a picture of the top before I attached it to the dresser.

Kreg Jig

I used Gorilla Wood Glue on ALL of my joints!  LOVE!  It never fails, and it is our very favorite glue!

For this piece I was finally able to try out some PureBond Hardwood Plywood.  I have heard lots about it, and it certainly lived up to it’s hype for me!  I used 3/4″ birch from Home Depot and had the nice man at Home Depot cut it into 15 3/4″ strips as Ana calls for in the plans.  This saved me lots of time, and made it much easier to carry home!

I will be sharing later a more specific tutorial on working with metal drawer slides, but Ash gives a few tips HERE on her Pottery Barn inspired coffee table!

Here it is all finished up and ready for a good coat of stain!

DIY Wood Dresser

I used the same stain on this piece that I used on the other pieces I made for his room.  This stain is the BOMB.  It dries in less than an hour, and only requires 1 coat.  As a mommy with lots to do, this makes me super happy!

Rust-Oleum Wood Stain

Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Dark Walnut

For my hardware I matched what I used previously.  These sash pulls can be found at Lowe’s for cheapo!

My hubby helped me move it into his room and I took a few more pictures for you guys!

DIY Pottery Barn Dresser

Hope you LOVE it!  I do!  Sure beats the old clothes basket… just sayin!

I would love for you to share this and Pin it below!

You can also check out the other pieces I have made for his room!

DIY Nightstand

DIY Restoration Hardware Nightstand

DIY Bookcase

DIY Bookcase

DIY Platform Bed

DIY Pottery Barn Platform Bed

DIY Wood Shelves

$20 Easy Shelves!!

Thanks so much for stopping by guys!  Make sure to check Ana’s site for the full set of plans on this great DIY dresser!

~Whitney

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89 Comments

  1. Janet on June 29, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Absolutely love! Once again you amaze me! Thanks to you, I bought the Kreg jig, you guys should get commissions!!!

    • Shanty2Chic on June 29, 2012 at 9:14 am

      You are sweet Janet! Thank you so much! I will see if I can hit Kreg up for that 😉

    • EasyWoodwork.org on May 4, 2018 at 11:59 pm

      I built my own DIY dresser using free plans at www. EasyWoodwork.org – highly recommended you check those out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha

  2. castebner on June 29, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Great job, it looks amazing!

  3. Annie Livengood Wahls on June 29, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Love this! where did you get the baskets that fit under? the pottery barn ones are not cheap and I was looking for an alternative for my camp style dresser that we got (before I knew how to DIY!) Also love the basket of baseballs-such a chic little room!

    • Shanty2Chic on June 29, 2012 at 8:23 am

      I found these at Michael’s, but have also found many at Hobby Lobby. Hope this helps!
      Thanks!

  4. Linda P on June 29, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Hi. I was also wondering about the floor. I like it very much.

    I was also wondering about the finish on the pieces you made. The stain is a rich, gorgeous color, but do you finish it at all with poly or wax or anything?

    As always,very nicely done.

    • Shanty2Chic on June 29, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Hey Linda! It is stained concrete… I do love that I can scrape just about anything off of it! We had ours stained when we built the home.

      I did use Rust-Oleum’s polyurethane on the top of the piece to protect it from water rings and from my 5 kiddos :-). Thank you!!!

  5. Nif @ Call Me Nif on June 29, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Speechless! I LOVE all the pieces you have done for his room! What a talent you have!

  6. Jamie @Roubinek Reality on June 28, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    This looks so awesome!! I tried to make her media console last summer and it ended up being too wobbly to use. Maybe I’ll get brave enough to tackle one of her projects again soon, but I gotta have this baby first before I can get back on the DIY wagon.

    LOVE his entire room!!

    • Shanty2Chic on June 29, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      Thank you Jamie! I agree… Much prefer building NOT pregnant! 🙂

  7. AndreaR on June 28, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    WOW, I love the finiish on all of those furniture pieces! I am not as handy as I would like to be with power tools, but you have inspired me! Hopefully one day I will be there….I just finished my first makeover on a dresser for my girls’ room. (after much anxiety–for fear I would ruin it.)

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Shanty2Chic on June 29, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      You are sweet Andrea! Thanks so much… You can totally do it! 🙂

  8. Autum on June 28, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Amazing! Not many boys can say their mom made all the furniture in their bedroom. I am finally working up the courage to try some build projects and you are a huge source of inspiration and encouragement. I am currently trying to build some slide out drawers for beneath my kitchen sink. I got the two drawers built today, only to realize I had not allowed enough room for the slides and the boxes were too wide to fit : ( I’m not giving up though. I have a question, do you use kreg clamps for holding your wood in place when joining? I am using kreg pocket holes, but have trouble keeping everything lined up, especially trying to get perfect 90 degree angles so my drawer boxes are square.

    • Shanty2Chic on June 29, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      Hey Autum! Have you checked out some of the Kreg clamps?? They are specifically for those angles! Thanks for your sweet message!

  9. Carolyn Dodd on June 28, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I can’t even TELL you how impressed I am with this room and all the work you did. “Wow” is the only thing that comes to mind.

  10. michele on June 28, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Wow, aren’t you so clever and talented! What a great job. Looks just like the PB catalog in his room!!

  11. Ashley on June 28, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    LOVE it! I’m a huge fan of everything you do! It’s started to inspire me to make my own things. Where did you find the wire baskets in the room?

    • Shanty2Chic on June 29, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      Hey Ashley! On Amazon! Search wire locker basket 🙂

  12. Jaime on June 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Whitney love this build, if only I had more space in my kids rooms! I’m uber jealous you all got to meet up with Ana at Haven, I had no idea I would be missing out on such a great experience, you can bet I will be there next year. Maybe we can all collaborate on a Mega-build someday.

    • Shanty2Chic on June 29, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      We would love that!! You for sure need to come! We had such a great time!!

  13. Christina Z. on June 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Ok..I have to know…how much did it cost to make???????????????? 😀 I love it!

    • Shanty2Chic on June 29, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      $175… Totally forgot to add that!

  14. June on June 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Really gorgeous!

  15. Bethany on June 28, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    So beautiful! I’ve wanted a piece of furniture to put my tv on in my living room. After seeing this, maybe I could build something myself! Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. Deanna Sutherland on June 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Fabulous as always….can we chat about the floors in your sons room for a sec? Are those stained concrete? Did you do them yourself and do you love them or not so much? Would love to hear your experience with them:) LOVE LOVE LOVE your site and the gorgeous stuff you girls make!!!!

    • Shanty2Chic on June 29, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      Thank you Deanna!

      Stained concrete… We paid a contractor BUT I do wish I would have done them myself… I’m not super pleased with the finish because it shows lots of scratches. Hope this helps!

  17. Erin @ DIY On the Cheap on June 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Pinned! Love this. Great job! I may have to attempt this when I get over my fear of power tools.

    • Shanty2Chic on June 29, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      You can do it Erin… Promise! 🙂

  18. Lauren H on June 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Beautiful job, Whitney! Thinking it would make a great console in the DR or large entry, too.

    How do you ladies do it?!? I’m going to have to stop reading your blog as I feel like a super under-achiever. Ha! Ha!

    • Shanty2Chic on June 29, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      Haha Lauren… Don’t feel that way! You saw my motivation… Just put a tv on a clothes basket and you will be instantly inspired :-))

  19. Chrissy on June 28, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Love it!! The whole room looks great with all the elements!! I’m curious like Noreen with the PureBond plywood. Approx cost?

    • Shanty2Chic on June 29, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      Thank you Chrissy!! $175… Totally forgot to add that! 🙂

  20. noreen on June 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Oh My GOD I love this! It is fab, you are so talented, would love to do something like this, I need to pluck up the courage! How much did it cost to make approx? 🙂

    • Shanty2Chic on June 29, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Thank you Noreen! $175… Forgot that part 🙂

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