Questions? cher@designsbystudioc.com

A Roomy Dresser Blending Different Species of Wood


DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser

This dresser has so much style! The DIY plans to build a Mismatched Dresser feature seven drawers in four different sizes, and a cubby with two drawers on the bottom. The dresser can be used as a media stand, a sideboard, or as storage in a bathroom! The dresser is a really easy build, and it would look fabulous in any room!

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 1-1/2″ screws
  • Edge banding, optional
  • 7 sets of 14″ Drawer slides
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 1 – 1×2 at 4′
  • 1 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 2×2 at 4′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • 3 – 4′ x 8′ sheets of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 4-3/4″ – Legs
  • 3 – 1×2 at 12-1/2″ – Base Frame
  • 2 – 1×2 at 45″ – Base Frame
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 15-1/2″ x 46-1/2″ – Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 15-1/2″ x 31-3/4″ – Sides
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 31″ x 46-1/2″ – Back
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 3-1/2″ x 12″ – Lower Divider
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 14-3/4″ x 46-1/2″ – Shelves
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 7″ x 14-3/4″ – Middle Dividers
  • 3 – 3/4″ plywood at 10-1/2″ x 14-3/4″ – Upper Dividers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 15-1/2″ x 48″ – Top
  • 3 – 3/4″ plywood at 7-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ – Drawer Box Bottom 1
  • 6 – 3/4″ plywood at 8-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ – Drawer Box Sides 1
  • 6 – 3/4″ plywood at 8-1/2″ x 9″ – Drawer Box Front & Back 1
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 11-3/4″ x 12-1/2″ – Drawer Box Bottom 2
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 8-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ – Drawer Box Sides 2
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 8-1/2″ x 13-1/4″ – Drawer Box Front & Back 2
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 12-1/2″ x 13-1/2″ – Drawer Box Bottom 3
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ – Drawer Box Sides 3
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-1/2″ x 15″ – Drawer Box Front & Back 3
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 10-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ – Drawer Box Bottom 4
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ – Drawer Box Sides 4
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-1/2″ x 12″ – Drawer Box Front & Back 4
  • 3 – 3/4″ plywood at 9-3/4″ x 10-1/4″ – Drawer Front 1
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 10-1/4″ x 14″ – Drawer Front 2
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 6-3/4″ x 15-3/4″ – Drawer Front 3
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 6-3/4″ x 12-3/4″ – Drawer Front 4
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 11-3/4″ x 21-1/4″ – Doors

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the base. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the framing pieces. Secure the framing pieces to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Base 1

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the bottom and sides. Drill pocket holes in each end of the bottom. Secure the sides to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Position the side and bottom assembly on the base frame securing the frame using glue and 1-1/2″ screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Sides & Bottom

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Base 2

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the back. Drill pocket holes in the side and bottom edges. Secure the back to the sides and bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Back

Step Four

Cut the piece for the lower divider and drill pocket holes in one shorter edge only. Secure the divider to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Cut the piece for the middle shelf and drill pocket holes in the side and back edges. Position the shelf on top of the lower divider. Secure the shelf to the sides and back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Add a couple of brad nails through the shelf into the top of the lower divider.

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Lower Divider

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Middle Shelf

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the middle dividers and drill pocket holes in one long edge. Secure the dividers to the middle shelf using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Cut the piece for the upper shelf and drill pocket holes in the side and back edges. Position the shelf on top of the middle dividers. Secure the shelf to the sides and back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Add a couple of brad nails through the shelf into the top of the middle dividers.

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Middle Dividers

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Upper Shelf

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the upper dividers and drill pocket holes in one long edge. Secure the dividers to the upper shelf using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Upper Dividers

Step Seven

Cut the piece for the top. Secure the top using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the top piece into the sides, back, and upper dividers.

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Top

Step Eight

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes #1. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the bottom as well as each end of the sides. Assemble the drawer boxes as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions, locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the sides and dividers. For an easy tutorial, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Drawer 1 BS

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Drawer 1 FB

Step Nine

Cut the pieces for drawer box #2 and assemble it in the same manner as drawer boxes #1.

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Drawer 2 BS

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Drawer 2 FB

Step Ten

Cut the pieces for drawer boxes #3 and assemble them in the same manner as drawer boxes #1.

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Drawer 3 BS

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Drawer 3 FB

Step Eleven

Cut the pieces for drawer box #4 and assemble it in the same manner as drawer boxes #1.

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Drawer 4 BS

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Drawer 4 FB

Step Twelve

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Drawer Front 1

 

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Drawer Front 2

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Drawer Front 3

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Drawer Front 4

Step Thirteen

Cut the pieces for the doors. There will be a 1/8″ gap around all sides of the doors in the openings. Install the hinges on the doors, then install the doors in the openings.

DIY Plans to Build a Mismatched Dresser_Doors

Finish as desired, then install the cabinet pulls.

I think the dresser would look awesome painted white with a different species of wood for each drawer front and door. The dresser can also be painted with a different color on each door or even a different pattern stenciled on each door. The possibilities are endless! Leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

Designs by Studio C is your DIY connection to How-To information, DIY projects and free furniture plans. Have questions about the plans? Contact me at cher@designsbystudioc.com!
Some posts on DbSC contain affiliate links. What this means is that if the link is clicked and a sale is made, I will make a small profit. Product links and sponsored posts are what help keep DbSC going - thank you for the support!