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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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  • Madi
    Madi Panama

    ¡Fantástico!

  • Marylou Murdock
    Marylou Murdock Waterloo, NY

    I absolutely LOVE these tables so clever, I love the handles left on the most!!!!

  • Pat Mock
    Pat Mock Jackson, GA

    After looking at this again, you could make a nice desk for a child's room....Put a piece of plywood across with the two end tables spaced so that a chair would fit between them. Voila ! you have a shelf for books, paper, notebooks,etc. Taller legs

  • Julie Banashak
    Julie Banashak Waveland, MS

    Have seen them hung on the wall but his is very clever

  • Donna
    Donna Mogadore, OH

    Very clever! I would not have thought to use a lonesome drawer this way!

  • Kay Stielper Kloss
    Kay Stielper Kloss San Antonio, TX

    Simply amazing!

  • Doreen H
    Doreen H Woodland Hills, CA

    These are so very adorable. Clever transformation of the large drawers.

  • Nancy B
    Nancy B Roseville, CA

    I would have left the handles off but otherwise "stunning"!

  • Reddcharle

    Everything I see usually looks good, but is too much work and effort. However I think that even I could do this. Love it.

  • Melissa
    Melissa New Hyde Park, NY

    So adorable!!

  • Monica
    Monica Ireland

    Brilliant!

  • Lori Stevens-Nicholas

    I love the original post but I love the 4 drawer book cases even better!! Now to find some drawers...

  • Bernice H
    Bernice H Woodburn, OR

    This is SUCH A winner! Love it!

  • Cheryllc99

    Love this idea.

  • Tammie Monahan
    Tammie Monahan Bakersfield, CA

    That is so cute...I wonder how it would look with the drawers offset on each other? All stacked crooked!!! Thanks for the idea!

  • Lorette D'souza
    Lorette D'souza Staten Island, NY

    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 😜

  • Marylou
    Marylou Clearfield, UT

    That is just brilliant!! And so cute!

  • Anna Ibarra
    Anna Ibarra San Antonio, TX

    This are so cute.

  • Samantha
    Samantha South Africa

    Luv these bedside tables. A job well done

  • Trimel3

    Why leave the handles on?

    • LaJean Dowty
      LaJean Dowty Grand Island, NE

      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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