PVC Pipe Dresser Overhaul

Sometimes you need to do something more than just paint an old piece of furniture.  Sometimes you need something that is unique and crazy awesome.  While walking down the isles of my local home improvement warehouse the idea dawned on me.  PVC Pipe Yo!  You can TOTALLY update furniture with plumbing supplies!




This dresser was found at a garage sale for $50.00.  It was SO solid and had recessed drawer fronts which are THE BEST kind to get. (you can see another way to update a dresser here).  There was no way that Hailee and I were going to pass it up.

We had to take it apart to move it (cause it was flippin heavy and we were the brains AND the muscle of the operation.) and I never got it all back together for a good before shot.(Shame on me, I know) But from these pics you can see how the drawers looked originally.


We purchased an 8’ piece of PVC pipe that was 2” around. I believe it cost around $6.00

Hailee’s husband Mark got to it before I could (he is every DIYers dream, a guy that does projects BEFORE he is asked? Sheesh.)

Anyways, he marked every 1/2″ all the way down the pipe.  And used a compound miter saw to cut each mark.  It didn’t take as long as you might think.

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To make sure that they were all even he cut on the inside of each line.  With the width of the saw blade they were about 3/8” thick.

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photo (9)Before                                                                                   After

And then by some sort of Saturday morning miracle they fit perfectly in the drawer fronts.  The last pieces had to be cut in 1/2 but that was it.

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When you are cutting PVC with a saw there are A LOT of shavings.  Like it might look like December in your garage.  To make sure that the drawers are clear of them before you paint use a blow dryer to blow them all off.

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The PVC fit so perfectly and tight in the fronts that we did not glue every single circle.  We just put glue in a few spots to make sure that it stayed in place.

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Once everything is place and cleaned and dry its time to paint!!!

First prime with Kilz Spray Primer.  This piece has laminate on the top and sides so you need something that has great adhesion since there is no sanding involved.

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One the primer is dry you are ready to spray paint!

I used Krylon’s Classic White in Gloss.  When you use a primer like Kilz it tones down the gloss finish of spray paints. Normally its fine, but I wanted this piece to be high gloss white so I did a few extra coats to build up the gloss finish.  I think we used 6 cans of spray paint on this entire piece.

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And there you go! A SUPER cheap way to get an incredible piece of one of a kind furniture.





You can see more Before and After pictures of the entire room makeover here.  And make sure to visit the rest of the tutorials from the makeover!

Hailee’s’ Living Room Before and After

Source List and Paint Colors

Striped Chevron Hallway

PVC Pipe Dresser

Ombre Yarn Lampshade

Custom Built-ins For Less Than $30.00

Rope Curtain Rod

Houndstooth Stenciled Sisal Rug

Love Your Guts


  • Kristen@MyCoveredBridge 11.10.2011 at 17:03

    That looks AMAZING! I love it!

  • Hannah 11.10.2011 at 17:05

    Amazing. Seriously. Who would have thought a little pvc pipe would turn a dresser into a work of art?

  • 11.10.2011 at 17:08

    I super love this!

  • Attempting Aloha 11.10.2011 at 17:11

    So so so so so so pretty! I’ve thought about doing something similar with paper towel rolls but was afraid it would just be too cheap and wouldn’t stand up well with all our moves. This is a great alternative!! Smart move!


  • BluBabesCreate 11.10.2011 at 17:12

    You are woman and I have heard you roar!

  • A Vintage Vine 11.10.2011 at 17:23

    OMG girl!!! I am giving you a standing ovation!!!! That room is incredible and that buffet is spectacular!

  • Unique Hrebina 11.10.2011 at 17:23

    i like this… a lot :)

  • Myra @ My Blessed Life 11.10.2011 at 17:31

    AMAZING Mandi! I drooled when I saw it in the reveal post! You are pure genius! :)

  • aimee 11.10.2011 at 17:39

    wow, this looks fab i love it, your rugs gorgeous to xx

  • Karen 11.10.2011 at 18:04

    That is seriously fabulous!

  • Sarah 11.10.2011 at 18:12

    It looks amazing! I would have never guessed it was simple PVC piping making it look all cool.

  • Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage 11.10.2011 at 18:30

    Love, love, love this!!

  • Mr. Goodwill Hunting 11.10.2011 at 18:33

    Totally GOOD stuff!

    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  • Leanne 11.10.2011 at 18:53

    Brilliant! Another great idea from the “queen of epic”. I really love the transformation.

  • Korrie@RedHenHome 11.10.2011 at 18:58

    You must seriously have some good furniture karma…I can’t believe all those circles fit that perfectly! This is a super-fabulous idea. Love it.

  • Megan @ Megity's Handmade 11.10.2011 at 19:13

    This is so great! Curious? How many cans of spray paint and primer did you use? I need to get an idea how much I’ll need.

  • jamie 11.10.2011 at 19:31

    I absolutely LOVE all your fabulous ideas! Great room, if only it were in my house! I finally found a brass lamp that I want to paint, what is the best way to do that?
    Where can I get that fabric that you used for your throw pillows in the living room makeover?
    Thanks for your help!

  • Nancy 11.10.2011 at 19:43

    Truly creative!

  • Brooke @ Spruce Your Nest 11.10.2011 at 20:04

    That is amazing! My husband is an electrical contractor, so we have plenty of PVC pipe laying
    around :-)

  • Natty by Design 11.10.2011 at 20:34

    You’re a creative genius!

  • Erin @ His and Hers 11.10.2011 at 21:00

    This is so unique and creative–which is why I enjoy peeking in on your projects! I never would’ve thought to use PVC pipe this way. Great deal on the dresser, too! :)

  • April and Allan 11.10.2011 at 21:30

    such a great idea, love it!!

  • Monique 11.10.2011 at 21:59

    This is probably my favorite project you did at Hailee’s house. And to be so easy and very inexpensive, you can’t beat it!

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now 12.10.2011 at 02:19

    Oh my word, Mandi! Brilliant!!!!

  • Erica @ Acire Adventures 12.10.2011 at 03:57

    What?! PVC? This is AMAZING! You are too brilliant for words!

  • Britt 12.10.2011 at 04:14

    I am so impressed! WOW!

  • Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} 12.10.2011 at 04:37

    This is such a great/cheap alternative to the popular overlays! It looks awesome…. you’ve got my creative mind wandering now lol

  • 4Eighteen 12.10.2011 at 04:39

    SO COOL! Can you please share the name of the paint color you used soon? I need to paint ASAP and LOVE it!


  • Alyssa 12.10.2011 at 07:33

    It really looks wonderful. I love how it just stands alone. It doesn’t need anything else. It’s a great piece all by itself.

  • logoian23 12.10.2011 at 09:48

    brilliant article lovely peace of work it is looks very wonderful i share with my friend business logo design

  • Stacy Curran 12.10.2011 at 13:03

    You are absolute geniuses! I’m blown away!

  • Lori @ Lori May Interiors 12.10.2011 at 13:19

    I’m new to your blog, but so glad I’ve found it. What fabulous inspiration! Thanks!

  • Anonymous 12.10.2011 at 13:52

    Holy Crap!! This is genius. Wondering how this would look on kitchen cabinets. . .hmmm.

  • Lindsey @ arkadian belle woods 12.10.2011 at 18:34

    Mandi! This is so amazing! I love the creativity and how unthinkable objects can be used in crazy unexpected ways!

  • randijasmine 13.10.2011 at 00:41

    I love love love this idea. I’m all about diy’ing anything…


  • * Nancy * 13.10.2011 at 02:32

    UNBELIEVABLE!! I love the way you think!!! Keep up it – love your style and of course your GUTS!

  • Nellene 13.10.2011 at 04:05

    Fabulous girl! I love your creativity. It’s truly inspiring. Keep it up!

  • Christine Magness 13.10.2011 at 13:10

    That is a great idea! What color of paint is that on your walls? If you wouldn’t mind e-mailing it to me that would be great.

  • 13.10.2011 at 14:07

    Mandi, this is amazeballs gorgeous! Really!


  • Kris 13.10.2011 at 21:22

    I’ve seen this PVC trend alot in the past few months but I LOVE your version!! Beautifully executed :) The 1st time I saw a PVC decorated piece of furniture I thought it screamed 60’s. Makes you want to throw a sunburst mirror in there! SO much fun!!!

  • Nessa @{Casa Braaflat} 14.10.2011 at 00:36

    wow, i am speechless. wonderful, goodness!

  • Janell @ Isabella and Max 14.10.2011 at 01:41

    that is so fun! Great look, who would have thought of it! Janell

  • Sew Rockin' 15.10.2011 at 01:53

    Love this! I totally want to use pvc rings for something. You have a ton of great projects, I am following you now and pinning away :)

  • emerzim 16.10.2011 at 15:04

    I’m pretty sure we just bought that EXACT dresser at a thrift store and have been trying to figure out how to paint it. Thanks for making our decision harder with another great idea. :)

  • Terri 17.10.2011 at 12:52

    WOW…what an amazing transformation! Who would have thought that ugly ol’ PVC pipe could look so cool! Great job…love it!

  • kelly@refresheddesigns. 17.10.2011 at 16:20

    What a unique and fantastic idea! It turned out beautifully. So glad I found your site via Centsational Girl.

  • designnsuch 21.10.2011 at 20:54

    Love this project! It looks fantastic!!

  • wherelovemeetslife 24.10.2011 at 20:23

    I really, really, really need to get my husband to agree to making a piece like this… I am in love with it!!!

    I just found your blog and I am so hooked already! Thanks so much! :)

  • mimosk26 14.11.2011 at 17:49

    Oh My God! Very nice-insane idea girl! I really love the it. Thanks for sharing <3


  • terri 20.11.2011 at 20:12

    WOW!! Love it…I want your husband too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Interior Chocolates 23.11.2011 at 02:27

    Thats the most creative idea i’ve seen yet for a dresser make over. Love it! Can you tell me if people can guess that thats what it is on closer inspection or does it look as fabulous up close as it does in the pictures?

  • Anonymous 24.10.2012 at 03:58

    Awesome Idea. For next time, it might look better if you cut half a PVC pipe for each side so it’s symmetrical

  • Anonymous 24.10.2012 at 04:11

    It would also be really cool if the PVC disks were staggered

  • Shelly 12.04.2013 at 01:02

    OMG that is FANTASTIC!!!! I would have never thought of that! Thank you for sharing!!!

    Shelly –

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  • Leisa 04.06.2016 at 17:57

    What a great use of PVC pipe. Thank you for this exposition! I would offer a suggestion for those working with odd spaces: work from the center out so that each side of the drawer has the same size partial-dimension pipe. Such method will ensure a balanced design (similar to upholstering chairs seats, making pillows, laying floor.


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