Awesome DIY Built in Dresser, Desk & Bookcase from a Secretary Desk

Secretary turned into built in dresser and desk #builtins #builtindresser #diyprojects https://lehmanlane.net

Sharing all the tips & tricks of how we made an awesome built in dresser, desk & bookcase from a $35 thrift store secretary desk with instructions & pictures. 

Ryan’s room is a little more than 8 feet wide with doorways on both ends so we knew early on that we had to be creative with how we planned his furniture in his bedroom

We realized quickly that built ins were a must. 

Last week I shared his built in bed & today I am sharing how we transformed a secretary desk into a dresser his built in dresser, desk & bookshelves.

DIY Built in Dresser, Desk & Bookcase from a Secretary Desk

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Sharing all the tips & tricks of how we made an awesome built in dresser, desk & bookcase from a $35 thrift store secretary desk with instructions & pictures. #diyprojects #builtins #desk #bookcase #dresser https://lehmanlane.net

Secretary Desk Before

red secretary

I found this secretary at our local thrift store & think I paid $35 for it. 

At first we had it in our foyer but soon realized a built in entryway table would be better there. 

The secretary then moved to Ryan’s room as a temporary dresser for him since the previous one he had was way too big for the space.

At first Jason wanted to build him a dresser from scratch but when we put this secretary against the wall to give us an idea of what the space would look like as built in we realized it was already the perfect size. 

It would also save us a ton of money & time. 

We turned an old beat up secretary into a built in dresser

We drew out a plan on paper of exactly how we wanted it to look. 

The plan changed a little over time but it was a great starting point!

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The first thing we did was take the secretary out to the garage.

We turned an old beat up secretary into a built in dresser

Sanding the Secretary & Taking off the Trim

Jason took off the top of the secretary & the baseboard trim first. 

We had not done much to it since bringing it home & it definitely needed to be sanded down before painting it white. 

Taking off the Trim in Preparation of the Built in Dresser

We also took off the window trim in preparation for the bookcases we would be adding around the window.

We turned an old beat up secretary into a built in dresser

Adding Built in Bookshelves Around the Window & Secretary

Next up we cut & added the shelves around the window & the secretary.

It would also save us a ton of money and time. Win, win :).
It would also save us a ton of money and time. Win, win :).

Painting The Built in Dresser & Bookcases White

Then we painted the backs of the shelves & the rest of the built in dresser white.

It would also save us a ton of money and time. Win, win :).

The clothes are back in his dresser now and there is plenty of room few some school supplies too.

We turned an old beat up secretary into a built in dresser

We cut a hole in the side of the dresser for cords to go through so Ryan can charge his laptop while working at his desk.

We turned an old beat up secretary into a built in dresser

We are still debating adding a seat under the window that he could move around the room but for now we have a free curbside Ikea chair that Ryan uses when he sits at his desk.

We turned an old beat up secretary into a built in dresser

We also added new wood shelves to this wall nook that was already in the room. 

For a kid that is constantly reading you can never have enough storage for his books.

We turned an old beat up secretary into a built in dresser
We turned an old beat up secretary into a built in dresser

Adding a Built in Desk to our Built in Dresser & Desk

We added a built in desk under the window in Ryan’s bedroom to give him more work space.

Secretary turned into built in dresser and desk #builtins #builtindresser #diyprojects https://lehmanlane.net

Although, we have made a ton of progress we still haven’t finished his room yet.

Here’s what we have done so far & what’s next:

  • add bead board ceiling (see how HERE)
  • demo
  • paint walls navy
  • add wide pine floors (see how HERE)
  • add baseboard trim
  • build a built in bed (see how HERE)
  • add new closet
  • build bookcase, built in dresser and desk
  • add a new doorway and door
  • add a roman shade (see it HERE)
  • decorate and reveal
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I am sharing our built in dresser from a secretary as a guest participant with the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda from Calling It Home.

Thanks so much for stopping by to see our progress for the ORC and the secretary turned built in dresser & desk,

by Tara Lehman

Our Boys Bedroom is DONE, see the full reveal HERE

Final Reveal - Boys Farmhouse Bedroom, Built in bed, dresser, bead board ceiling, wide pine floors, Benjamin Moore Hale Navy walls, and an angled door #boysbedroom https://lehmanlane.net
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If you are struggling to find room for a dresser and desk? We transformed a thrift store secretary into a built in dresser and desk for our son's room. Benjamin Moore Hale Navy, boys bedroom

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Comments

  1. Talk about custom built-ins! This is so cool! I see those all the time in thrift stores – the roll top ones would work too. Great job – I can’t wait to see the room come together.

  2. Wow Tara, this is amazing, I love the idea of making that dresser a built~in! It saves space and adds so much storage with the shelves beside it as well! What a great boys room! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing at Sweet Inspiration #4!! Have a nice week!

  3. Wow you guys have outdone yourselves here. I would not have been able to envision this in a million years. You created a whole built in unit out of practically nothing. And it looks fabulous against the dark wall. I cannot wait to see the finished room.Tara thanks for sharing this at Sweet Inspiration.

  4. WOW Tara! Brilliant way to use this piece! It looks absolutely awesome! Your color choices for the room are so calming and crisp feeling! Well done! I hope you have a great Mother’s Day Weekend!
    Smiles!
    Terry
    The Curator’s Collection & Making Broken Beautiful

  5. What a great idea Tara! Pretty and functional. Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

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