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Upcycled Drawers to Side Tables

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We rescued some large mid century drawers and turned them into bright side tables.
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2 extra large drawers, 8 little legs, and some scrap wood. The legs were attached with blind nuts and a wood shelf was added. A couple coats of paint later and bland drawers become bright accents. I chose to leave the original handles on to keep the mid century feel, two sets of legs were used, although they didn't match exactly, we trimmed one pair and the slight miss match adds to their charm and uniqueness.
  • upcycled drawers to side tables, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
*Due to many questions I am adding more info here after original publishing. We attached the shelf with wood glue and brads (thinner headless nails) and the legs are attached with blind nuts- available in most hardware stores.
  • upcycled drawers to side tables, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
*** added after original post This set of little drawers has really made the rounds. Since being posted they have been seen all over the web and Pinterest. They even made it into Mary Janes Farm magazine! I was contacted from another publication to feature them and asked if I could redo the project to have a new look and staging. The second set has been completed and a blog post has been made to feature them. They will be published in Sommerset Home's Feb 2017 edition!
  • upcycled drawers to side tables, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
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  • upcycled drawers to side tables, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
**see the blog post here http://www.asouthernbellewithnorthernroots.com/2016/12/upcycled-drawers-times-two.html
  • upcycled drawers to side tables, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Finished in Duck Egg and Cream with flower and bird house stencils, these are now cheery side tables.
  • upcycled drawers to side tables, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
*also added after original post, one reader suggested stacking- this was a project from last year. Drawers are fantastic pieces to work with!! Thanks for the overwhelming support on this project!!

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  • Lorette D'souza
    Lorette D'souza Staten Island, NY
    on Jul 28, 2016

    That's a real cool idea, never thought of making use of an old drawer in such a unique way. Now I'll be on the hunt for some old drawers 馃槣

  • Marylou
    Marylou Clearfield, UT
    on Jul 28, 2016

    That is just brilliant!! And so cute!

  • Anna Ibarra
    Anna Ibarra San Antonio, TX
    on Jul 30, 2016

    This are so cute.

  • Samantha
    Samantha South Africa
    on Feb 13, 2017

    Luv these bedside tables. A job well done

  • Trimel3
    Trimel3
    on May 22, 2017

    Why leave the handles on?

    • LaJean Dowty
      LaJean Dowty Grand Island, NE
      on Jul 25, 2017

      I think without the handles they would just look like odd boxes....I like the idea of knowing they are repurposed drawers, but I like the single drawers the best rather than the multiple drawer

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