What can I do with four small drawers from a treadle sewing machine?

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I have four small drawers taken from my grandma's old treadle sewing machine. I put a piece of granite on top of the base and use as an sofa backer - beautiful. Now I need to do something creative with the four little drawers and their frames. Any ideas?
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Drawers from treadle sewing machine
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 28, 2015
    If you are a gardener many people plant them up. Just make sure you put drainge holes in them.There are many inspirations for this on pinterest. Show the outcome. Curious.

  • Carol Carol on Aug 28, 2015
    I keep thinking cd drawers, maybe on top of a dresser flanking a stereo and speakers with a decorative top or in an entertainment center. If you knit maybe stacked on a shelf to hold knitting needles. And back to a stereo center, mounted to a wall with shelves in between. I think they would sell also as people are now looking to restore old sewing machines

  • Terrimb Terrimb on Aug 28, 2015
    hang them on the wall for small books or photos. stagger them a bit for interest.

  • Mona Van de Waal Mona Van de Waal on Aug 28, 2015
    Maybe on the counter or on top of a shelf to store bottles or pretty bathroom supplies. The same way that you would use a basket or box. I would love to see pics of both the base as a sofa backer and the drawers once you decide how to use them :)

  • Swan Road Designs Swan Road Designs on Aug 28, 2015
    I've used them in the powder room to store guest towels on the counter, towels rolled up. And, since I only use cloth napkins, I've kept one on the kitchen counter with our napkins rolled up, similar to the towels in the powder room. A drawer could also be filled with toiletries, etc. for a guest bedroom

  • Barb Barb on Aug 28, 2015
    I use an old drawer from an old desk for recipe cards in my pantry.

  • TENITA DEAL TENITA DEAL on Aug 28, 2015
    I had 6 of these and decided to stack the (in their holders) in the bookcase over my desk to hold tape, a small hammer and screw driver, tiny jars of paper clips, etc.

  • Z Z on Aug 28, 2015
    If the insides of the drawers are the right size, you could stack them, add finials for feet and use them to store TP and other water closet necessities.

  • Carole Carole on Aug 28, 2015
    I painted mine in Annie Sloan chalkpaint. I have one on the dining table as a condiments caddy. It holds salt and pepper mills and a glass jar for knives and forks. The second one has been hung in the smallest room in the house on the wall just above the toilet cistern. It holds old black and white photos and a glass jar with a posy of roses. You could also use in the bathroom on the vanity to hold jars with cotton wool balls, cotton buds or hand wash soap and such. Also great in the pantry for holdings herbs that are in sachets. In the garden shed to hold packets of garden seeds. You could also make a little chest from them and use as a jewellery box or for the office or hobby room. Would look great in a sewing room to hold scissors and cottons and spare bobbins and such. Have fun!

  • Marcia Marcia on Aug 29, 2015
    Repurpose it as a small bedroom side table.

  • CarolAnnegreen K. Ladd CarolAnnegreen K. Ladd on Aug 29, 2015
    Shelves on the wall, shadow boxes for little stuff,

  • Jennie Herrick Jennie Herrick on Aug 29, 2015
    Here's a crazy idea, put the drawers back inside the frame and stand it beside your toilet to hide your feminine hygiene products, cottonelle wipes, etc. I know that since I put storage for these items right next to the toilet a year ago, I kicked myself for not thinking of it sooner. Try it for 30 days. If you like it, keep it. If not, try something else! Good luck in deciding what to do!

  • Wendy Wendy on Aug 29, 2015
    those are perfect for holding mason jars and use for vases looks great

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Aug 29, 2015
    I'd put them back into the base and use for storing small items. For me, this would be pill bottles for needles, buttons, screws, nails, and artist brushes, small screwdirvers, etc.

    • LaNell LaNell on Dec 02, 2017
      Best idea of all as it uses all of the drawers and frame. I wish I had a set. I have an old wardrobe in my bath where I use the drawers for washcloths, hand towels, personal items and toilet paper. I have retrofitted the clothes hanging section with shelves and put labeled plastic drawer units in which I keep meds, soap, etc. It works great and looks really cute. The mirrors in the doors have been replaced with beadboard paneling to match the bottom half of the walls. Very country Victorian.

  • Renata Renata on Aug 30, 2015
    Paint them, screw one on the wall , turn another upside down, right next to the first - line the bottom with the others top and screw it to the wall, take the next as a cubby and line it up with the 2nd at the bottom then the last would be another shelf. Draping plants can go in the cubbies and maybe pictures or keepsakes could go on the shelve ones.

  • Meme Pointon Meme Pointon on Aug 30, 2015
    I would use them for shelves, for mementos of her maybe pictures of her using the machine an things she would have used

  • Karen Udensi Karen Udensi on Sep 07, 2015
    The frames, put glass shelves in them then you can use them as what-not shelving in the bathroom. You can cut the front edge of some of the drawers in half length wise and use as a spice rack. Hang the drawers on the wall vertically and put decorative bottles in them as an accent piece in a room. If the frames are big enough use them to hold CD/DVDs. Put them in on an angle so one corner of the case is down in the space between the front and the rear.

  • D fuhrman D fuhrman on Sep 08, 2015
    could you attach them horizontally with 2 of the having the knobs to the right and 2 with the knobs to the left? they would be nice for spices in the kitchen.

  • Kathy Kathy on Jan 10, 2016
    I have used the draw only and put mason jars with fairy lights in the jars and made it center pieces for a table. I have joined 2 drawers together and lined them and attached to the wall as a charging station for my phone and iPad. I also made a double one into a sewing basket ( see pics) so many possibilities!

  • Pat Veronesi Pat Veronesi on Aug 08, 2016
    Make a shelving unit for the wall.