Building a Hall Tree from an old estate sale dresser & Habitat door - Lynn Fern

Building a Hall Tree from an old estate sale dresser & Habitat door


I thought I would show you the step by step of the hall tree that I built from using an old dresser & door I picked up for Habitat ReStore!!

One night I was dead asleep & out of nowhere my eyes popped open & my mind went to overdrive.  I just had to build a hall tree.  What?  Where did that even come from?  Don't have a clue.  I had never in my life even thought about owning a hall tree, much less the need for one at the moment.  My head obviously was telling me different. As soon as I thought it, inspiration was already swirling around in my head.

I knew exactly which pieces of furniture I had in my basement & garage that I would use.  And, so building the hall tree from things I already owned commenced the very next morning!

This is what I started with -

I bought this ugly little dresser at an estate sale for $5.  It smelled disgusting and, it needed lots of help cleaning up wise along with a fresh paint job.  Even the top keyhole was all gunked up...ewww!

When I pulled this thing out of my van, my husband was a tad annoyed I even brought this thing home!  It really was that gross!

However I saw the potential she had from the moment I laid eyes on her plus she was $5.  I knew with a little elbow grease she'd be alive again.

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The next thing I had was this door.. It's the only before picture I have, but the minute I saw it at the Habitat ReStore I knew I had to bring it home!  It's the one inside with those super cool looking windows.

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Are you seeing my vision for a hall tree?  Wondering just how I built it & put it all together?  Keep reading because seriously this is really one of the easiest builds.

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The first thing I did was I cut the legs down on the dress to make it sitting height that was comfortable.  We cut the legs down 5 1/2 inches to make it bench height.  It was perfect!

I then cleaned the dresser thoroughly & sanded it a bit.  I used TSP to lift some of the gunk off of it, and a water/vinegar mix with a squeeze of lemon to help remove the smell, and sat in the sun for a few hours.  I then sanded just enough to scuff up to let the paint adhere.  I also removed the hardware, filled the holes using wood filler. I would be changing the hardware to match the updated look I would be making.

I also cleaned & scuffed up the door prior to painting.  The door was in great shape so there was no need to do much more to it.

I then painted both the door & dresser with Maison Blanche Mardi Gras.


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I put two coats of paint on each.  The paint is smooth & goes on nicely, and it dries fairly quick.  I lightly sanded with a 150 grit paper in between coats just to create a smooth surface.

Once it was dry I used Maison Blanche dark antique wax to achieve a nice aged look.  I then buffed it out.

I let everything sit overnight just to ensure I had a nice coverage & to let it fully dry.

The next morning I laid the door down flat and attached the dresser to it.  I lined up the dresser and measured each side to have the dresser sit center of the door.  I then attached from inside of the dresser by drilling 4 2 1/2 inch screws into the door.

I added some hooks for coats, umbrellas, hats, etc.  I hung a couple of lanterns in the meantime since we hadn't pulled coats out just yet.

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And...this was my result.  We love how it turned out and have had many compliments on it!!

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From a gunky, nasty smelling dresser and a random door sitting at ReStore to a beautiful functional hall tree.  I bet both the dresser & the door could tell quite the stories.


The hall tree has moved on to live in California with a new family!



I hope you enjoyed and this gives you some inspiration!!


#halltree #maisonblanche #mardigras #estatesale #doorrecycles #upcycle

~Lynn
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