A Storage Solution From an Old Dresser Drawer!

11 Materials
1 Hour

Hi, I'm Amber Oliver! I hope if you enjoy this project you'll also stop by my blog!

Upcycle an old dresser drawer into versitle storage for your home!

I visited our local Habitat for Humanity restore where I found mismatched drawers and doors. They were on sale for 50 cents each! But even 4.99 would have been a deal!

I also picked up some furniture feet from the home improvement store.

The first step is to remove all the hardware.

Next, fill in the holes with wood putty.

After that give the whole drawer a good sanding.

Now measure the insides of the drawer so you know how wide to cut your shelves.

My drawer was right at 6 inches deep so I cut my shelves from a 1x6 board.

After your shelves are cut - drill pocket holes on the undersides of the shelves.

Attach the shelves with the pocket holes on the bottom.

Now it's time to add legs! Screw the plates into the bottom of the drawer and insert the feet.

After the feet are attached, it's time for paint! 

Use the color of your choice here - you could get really creative depending on your home style!

This shelf worked perfectly to store craft supplies in my office...

...and it also looked great as a side table in the living room!

I hope this project inspires you to upcycle old drawers into something useful for your home!

If you LOVE upcycles, please check out my upcycling archives!

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  • Luana Arndt
    on Feb 10, 2019

    I am looking for midcentury chest handles and knobs. Is there a chance that you still the ones you remove? if so what would charge foe them and any you may come across in the future?



  • Peggy Burnette
    on Feb 24, 2019

    Beautiful. Do they need to be fixed to the wall? Do they tip over easily? Great job.

  • Laverne
    on Nov 3, 2019

    I just wanted to say, beautiful.

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  • Dalayne
    on Nov 2, 2019

    Drawers can be used as many things. I used old dresser drawers for shelving on the wall.

  • Kay
    on Nov 3, 2019


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