Dashing Dresser

With Baltic birch, cherry, and an accent of blue, this dresser offers a handsome collection of colors that bring energy and life to a room.

While plywood is certainly a useful building material, I can’t say that I would call it beautiful, or that I often see it as the central feature of a project. And yet, this dresser defi es my expectations. The painted and chamfered edges add some much desired color and texture, and they contrast wonderfully with the color and grain of the cherry. Although this dresser has a relatively simple design, it really is the contrasts within it that make it stand out the most—along with that vibrant blue of course. As you can see in the photos, the colors juxtapose quite interestingly. The matte blue of the milk paint is the first thing to draw the eye, then the brilliant grain of the cherry. From the hardwood beneath to the veneer on the doors and drawers, the cherry grain complements the stark blue accents. Both are brought out even more by highlighting the clean, pale surface of the Baltic birch plywood. The case itself is almost entirely plywood, featuring long, straight lines and crisp corners. On the other hand, those eye-catching, round handles are dished out and curved along the back for an easy hand grip. These shapes also stand in opposition to the broad planks of cherry hardwood that hold it all up. The planks cross at a lap joint at the center of the dresser, and they give a unique sense of depth to the piece as a whole. All in all, this piece proves that plywood certainly has style.

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  • 10 pages of step-by-step instructions
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