DIY: Lego Dresser

I was given an old chest of drawers for my son’s bedroom a couple of months ago. I decided it would be my new DIY project because once I saw it, a ton of ideas flooded my brain. I came across a Lego themed dresser on Pinterest and knew that was the one. My kid is a huge Lego fan and it seemed simple to make with minimal spending. I think it was a brilliant gift for him for his birthday and he absolutely loves it for clothing storage.

Before:

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After:

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The total cost of materials was less than $75 which is pretty damn good. A piece of furniture like this purchased at a retail store would no doubt sell for hundreds of dollars.

I had to buy basic supplies (that can be used for future projects) that I didn’t have around the house like paint brushes, drop cloths, sandpaper, wood glue, and painters tape. The cost also included the black paint, white primer, four cans of spray paint, wood filler, and most importantly, the wood disks which were purchased on Etsy. (Etsy has EVERYTHING!)

I began by removing the drawer pulls, and then lightly sanded the entire surface to get rid of water rings and scratches. After that I filled the holes where the pulls had been nailed in with wood filler, which I had never used before. Next came primer on all the surfaces, so the paint would go on smoothly and so the colors would really pop. I painted the dresser next, it took two coats of black paint and I was SO pleased with the results. It was so elegant and looked brand new. After that I took a break, because I had a bunch of other things to do and got bored. Eventually I started up again and began gluing all 64 wood disks together. I had to sandwich two to get the thickness right for the Lego “pegs” and then took exact measurements on the drawers in order to glue all eight pegs on perfectly.

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After that it was time to spray paint. It took a day for those to dry completely before putting them in the dresser. After a few hours of drying, I applied tape and finished painting the inside of the drawers black. I couldn’t leave them as is because it looked terrible, and the paint also got rid of the musty smell.

A few people have asked how we pull the drawers out. All we do is grab the outer pegs and pull. Because of this, I may go back and reinforce the pegs with a nail gun so they don’t come off. But I don’t have one right now so until then, it’s staying as is.

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My kiddo thinks it’s awesome and I hope he remembers how much I enjoyed doing this for him. It’s probably one of the most special gifts I’ve ever given anyone.

Birthday, Bedroom & DIY

So I had a good birthday. Very low key, but nice. My family called and sent me videos and I had all the nice birthday wishes on Facebook from my buddies all around the world. The Nerd left before I woke up and got me a couple of small surprises. He got me a little mini cake with candles and made me cookies with little Hello Kitties on them, and he got me a card and two of these red Milani matte liquid lipsticks I had been watching YouTube videos about. That’s all I wanted. They’re beautiful. The best thing was the card. Hands down. 💜

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My son is coming home in less than a week and I am excited. The next few weeks will be super busy. We’ll be preparing for first grade, preparing for my fall semester, finishing up the apartment, getting back into the swing of things especially since he’s been gone all summer, adjusting to busy season starting at The Nerd’s job. (That’s always tough.)

Seth’s got a brand new bedroom and new furniture for it courtesy of his grandmother & future step grandmother. I think he will be super stoked over his new bed. It should be here on Thursday and we plan on making a little hideout/reading nook in the space underneath. I think it will be great to have especially since we read multiple books before bedtime, and it will make it extra fun. I actually like this rather than a double bunk because it will be a space saver, and I won’t have to struggle to clean under a second bed that doesn’t even get used.

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We’re big fans of The Avengers in this house so it’s only fitting he get some superhero bedding. He originally wanted Batman, then changed his mind. An early birthday present from his aunt:

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I’ve also got myself a DIY project. The nerd’s mom had this old chest of drawers she was really wanting to get rid of and she gave it to us for Seth’s room. I’ll be painting it black, painting the inside of the drawers a different color (possibly blue), lining the insides with a superhero fabric or paper of some kind, and maybe changing the drawer pulls. Maybe. I can’t wait to start. I just need to buy all of the supplies.

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