Monday, January 21, 2013

DIY Rolling Dresser

diy rolling dresser

How to build a three drawer rolling dresser.  I used plans here from Ana White to build this super stripy rolling dresser:

diy rolling three drawer dresser
Ana recently posted plans for the rustic rolling dresser here (double wide version) and I knew once I saw it I just had to have the single version.

She sent over the plans quick as a bunny, I got to work and built this:

diy 3 drawer dresser

 I opted to painted the dresser rather than stain but still kept that rustic feel by distressing and applying stain:

distressed painted dresser detail

And added stripes on the sides and top for a boyish feel and to keep it fun:

diy rolling dresser with wheels

It has tons of storage with deep drawers:

deep drawers on dresser

And the wheels add both charm and function, these wheels are 2 1/2" diameter but you could go bigger.
Notice the back wheels have locks:

wheels on dresser

Please don't tell anyone but this dresser has no back!
It's not really necessary so I opted to go backless:

dresser with no back

You'd never know the secret by looking at it from the front:

diy dresser with wheels

If you're curious about that green framed chalkboard see my post here and yes the plans are from Ana too!

diy craftsman framed chalkboard

diy rolling dresser with 3 drawers

And just to keep it all in perspective on the other side of the room (it has been moved from the original position) is this bed, plans from Ana here:

It's a complete Ana White kids bedroom!

diy kids clubhouse bed

diy kids dresser with stripes

Here's how to build the single rolling dresser:

Make cuts and begin with sides construction.

how to build a dresser

2. Construct following Ana's plans.
It's definitely worth checking out the Shanty sisters post here for the double version, they have lots of tips on where to place pocket holes and how to measure for drawers.

diy dresser frame

3. I should note I choose to predrill and screw my 2x2 face frame on from the front.
I knew I would be painting the piece (and I had a slight mishap when the collar on my pocket hole bit slipped making the holes WAY deeper than planned rendering them useless)!

Back view with cross support in place:

diy dresser frame

Drawer boxes in place:

diy dresser with drawers

 4. Ready for paint, use tape to cover drawer slides:
*Another note I choose to use plywood scraps for some of the drawer boxes and drawer fronts (instead of new pine boards), if you have the scrap pieces and don't mind cutting down it's worth the savings.

painting a dresser

 5. After base paint (two coats semi gloss white) measure out stripe, the middle blue stripe is about 1" thick done in Benjamin Moore admiral blue:

adding stripes to a dresser

Measure out side stripes and repeat process, green is Glidden lucky shamrock.
Seal with Minwax clear satin poly.

 6. Once dry add wheels to bottom in 3 corners:

adding wheels to a dresser

diy rolling dresser


  1. Love it. I need a few of these. Do you have a good source for drawer slides?

  2. How much was it? I want to build this x 2 for nightstands in our master.

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  4. You are so creative. I'm blown away that you built the dresser. I love it. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  5. I am always so impressed with people who can build furniture! My husband won't let me near the power tools! You did a great job. The stripes are a perfect touch!

  6. I super duper LOVE the paint stripe! That is so unique J. I love the whole room!