Dining Room Changes: Using A Dresser in a Dining Room

 Using a Dresser in a Dining Room || FancyFreeMe

I’ve had grand dreams of the perfect credenza for my dining room for about 5 years now. I’m disappointed with the construction of a lot of the new pieces for sale today (in my price range). So I’ve been looking for something vintage. I’ve also been toying with the idea of doing some built-in storage incorporating shelving, a marble counter surface and lower cabinets. I just hate to invest that kind of money in this house because it isn’t our “forever” house. 

So…instead things have been looking like the above pic for a couple of years. My sister-in-law was nice enough to give it to us, score. It’s better than nothing and serves it’s purpose as our bar and with one drawer it almost holds some of our linens. 


My parents are undergoing a pretty extensive remodel on their house so I was again able to score a new to me piece of furniture. They replaced all their bedroom furniture and were kind enough to hand this dresser over. Originally I thought it’d go in our bedroom but after a little thought I decided it would be more useful in our dining room. 

Using a Dresser in a Dining Room || FancyFreeMe

Using a Dresser in a Dining Room || FancyFreeMe

Using a Dresser in a Dining Room || FancyFreeMe

Using dresser in the dining room isn’t ideal, it doesn’t hold dishes too well, but it’s great for linens and flat serving pieces. And I’m loving the wood tone in the room. I always thought I wanted a painted piece for this space but I love the warmth the wood adds. 

Using a Dresser in a Dining Room || FancyFreeMe


I was planning on removing the pulls and polishing up the brass but upon further inspection they are screwed and tacked on with brads. I’m a bit hesitant to remove the brads and I don’t want to get any Brasso on the wood. So the polishing is on hold for now. 

Do you know of a good way to polish handles without removing them? Or do you use a piece of furniture in an unconventional way? 


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8 Responses to Dining Room Changes: Using A Dresser in a Dining Room

  • Absolutely stunning! What a perfect piece! I don’t have a set of dishes that I would store in my dining room so this solution would work for me! No advice on the brass here – I’m not a big polisher! You should see my silver jewelry 🙁

  • Rene says:

    Have you ever used Frog tape for painting? If not, learn all about it here: http://frogtape.com/how-frogtape-works.

    I bet it would also make a good wood protector so you could polish the brass pulls without removing them. You could even use the yellow for sensitive surfaces to make sure the wood isn’t damaged by the tape.

    Just be sure to really press it down all around … It will let the brasso leach under if not pressed down really well.

    Good luck!

  • Beautiful pieces!! I think its so fab that you have a place for your linens. I have a chest of drawers in my living room and I keep a lot of my linens there. So, practical. It’s always a challenge to find storage for everything right? I don’t know much about polishing! I wish I could be more help.

  • I found a vintage Henredon dresser for a steal a few years ago, and was beyond excited that the style and dimensions fit perfectly in our bedroom. The delivery men wouldn’t move it past the entry, so I had to wait for my husband to get home. Well, within those few hours I completely fell in love with it’s temporary residence, and it’s still there to this day. Needless to say, I’m still searching for a dresser for our bedroom!

  • I’m seriously dying over that dresser – what a fabulous hand-me-down! I had a dresser in our old dining room – it was perfect for storing linens and the top of it made the best little bar area. I bet you’ll love having it there!

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