Upcycled Drawers to Side Tables


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!
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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!!
Shannon O- Junkflirt

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  • Martha O'Brian
    on Feb 2, 2017

    How did you attach the shelf in the center? Thanks

  • Annie Laurie Campbell
    on Apr 2, 2017

    Hello. How did you put the shelves on top of each other?? On the outside all I see is smooth, not where their stacked??? What am I missing? Lol

    • Shannon O- Junkflirt
      on Apr 2, 2017

      The drawers are each about 3/4 in thick which gives plenty of bite to screw together on the interior through them both.

  • Danielle Gadson
    on Aug 15, 2017

    where would i buy legs? and find old wood to use in the middle? i'm not very savvy with this stuff, so i don't know where to get it.

    • Shannon O- Junkflirt
      on Aug 15, 2017

      Legs should be at any store that sells wood like Home Depot, Lowes, they would have new wood which you can stain to match. Older wood generally has to be boight from a person or salvage store. Good luck!

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  • Mikie
    on Jun 6, 2018

    I'd of never thought to use drawer's as shelf's. And ya nailed it. Very nice, good job.

  • Robin Pollard
    on Aug 9, 2018

    Love your project! You inspired me!

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