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{DIY} Dresser Hutch Turned Sofa Table/Shelf

I put on Facebook that I would be sharing a completed DIY project that involved blood, sweat, and power tools. Lots of sweat, a few power tools, and…okay okay…no blood. In April I previewed “the biggest project yet” and planned on turning this lovely 80’s dresser hutch into a faux fireplace mantle. After the reality set in and I realized my lack of carpentry skills I had to construct a new plan of attack for the little booger. I decided to make it a sofa table/shelf, a B.A. sofa table/shelf. That’s right, I planned on transforming this guy into a beautiful, useful apparatus. So with a power saw, crow bar, staple gun, and hammer…I went to work.

The first thing I did was take the mirror out followed by knocking out the two panels that were holding the shelves. Then I sawed a few boards to use as full-length shelves, added legs to get it off the ground, and followed that with some bead board backing and a few coats of white paint (after stripping the inch-thick polyurethane, of course). I was not confident going into this project but in the end I had the transformation I was looking for.



It fits perfectly behind the couch to give enough room for the walk way and fills up the wall like I had imagined.

Millie is wondering what the heck I’m doing. “And why are you taking pictures instead of throwing piggy across the room for me to chase?”


I had to use my flash so you’re not getting the best picture but I’m still pretty proud.

  • Adam Nyholt - That is a great idea! And you did a great job! ReplyCancel

  • Linda Bijeaux - You did an excellent job and the piece is absolutely beautiful. It looks great in the space. I also have a hutch
    that I plan on transforming. The bottom piece, which looks like a dresser, will become the vanity in the
    bathroom attached to our master bedroom. The top piece will become a faux fireplace with mantle, just like
    you started to do. I love the sofa table idea too, so if the first idea does not work out, I will transform it into
    a sofa table instead. Thanks for the great idea! ReplyCancel

  • Donna Sh - I have the exact same dresser hutch and I was looking for ways to repurpose it. Are there directions of how you accomplished this?ReplyCancel

    • hannah_bunker - Oh man, no step-by-step directions. I kind of just MacGyvered the whole thing! ReplyCancel

  • Shirley - I too have the exact same hutch sitting in my garage waiting for a makeover. I actually intend to use it as a hutch top but I will be adding shelves just as you have. My question is how hard was it to get the little shelves off of its?
    Thanks and you did a fantastic job of remaking this into a bookcase!ReplyCancel

    • hannah_bunker - It was a little bit of a pain. I think I remember having to use my feet to kick it out. ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - Did you do anything with the tall dresser in the background? I have a set almost identical to the ones in the photo. I love your idea with the top, but am lost on making the tall dresser look updated. Thank you much for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • hannah_bunker - No, I haven\’t done an update on the tall dresser. I took the drawers out and have used those as shelves throughout the house. The frame of the dresser is in the garage and the compartments where the drawers used to be are just shelves for random things in the garage. ReplyCancel

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