How To Use Old Road Signs To Restore A Dresser

How To Use Old Road Signs To Restore A Dresser

Do you want to enhance your bedroom with a quirky and unique dresser that nobody else has? Why not use some road signs! It sounds strange, but the result is stunning and very retro.

This tutorial has ten steps to it, and in these simple steps, you’ll be able to create something of your very own design. I’m willing to bet you’ll be the only one of your friends with this piece of furniture. Chances are, they’ll want you to make them one as well.

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Materials needed

  • Road signs
  • A dresser
  • Paint
  • Polyurethane
  • Stain
  • Handles
  • Wood glue
  • Circular saw
  • Sander
  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • Superfine #0000 steel wool

Step 1: Pick your dresser

When using this particular design, you should pick an old dresser that has drawers with characters such as ones that have different sizes and shapes. Once this is done, bring it back home and begin the next step.

Step 2: Acquire the signs

road signs

It’s not that hard to acquire some old road signs. This does not mean that you should go out and steal some from off of the road, instead, go to your local department of transportation and simply ask for old ones.

They are often replaced for many reasons so that they may have more than one readily available. Some cities recycle them while others let them sit around and collect dirt. Be polite about it and ask if they have any that you can have a project.

Step 3: Sand

You want to start by sanding off all of the old paint with the sander. If you find any holes, fill them with wood glue. Once you have reached the bare wood, move on to the next step.

Step 4: Stain

Pick the stain color that you will want to use. Once you’ve done this, begin staining your dresser. It is suggested that you stain the whole thing even though it’s going to be covered with road signs. This works well because if any of them don’t line up, the nice stain will show.

Step 5: Cut and arrange the Signs

Without a power tool, this step may be a tad confusing. If you have good attention to detail or want the colors to be balanced and aesthetically appealing, then you should figure out where you want the pieces before you cut them.

When you have your idea, trim them with a circular saw and straightedge to fit their drawer fronts. Be careful with the trimming, though. Aluminum cuts quickly, but it produces little flakes that can go all over the place, so use some safety goggles.

Step 6: Attach The Pieces

Easy enough! Attach the pieces with some screws. File the sharp edges of the sign pieces to make it less intrusive. It will also help to better match the exact size of the drawer fronts.

Step 7: Polyurethane

To make the dresser as durable as possible, finish it with a few coats of polyurethane. Once you apply them, you can get a smooth finish by sanding between each coat with 220 grit sandpaper and then with a buff from a super fine #0000 steel wool.

Make sure each layer is dry before sanding, or you’ll get an ugly finish and deep marks. Once you’re done with that process, polish the whole thing with household furniture polish. Apply the same finish to the sides of the drawers and the road signs to seal them up.

Step 8: Hardware

Add your choice of drawer pulls, whatever matches your particular style.

Step 9: Fix The Drawers

Not all of the drawers are going to go in as well as they did when they were original. You can sand the drawer in some spots to make it fit better. If you take some paraffin to wax the sliding components, it will help them slide in and out better.

There you have it! A unique and funky road sign dresser made from repurposed material.

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