If you're like me, you hate to throw away anything that may serve a purpose. There's a great feeling in finding a new use for an old object, and it's an even better feeling when guests realize that the thing they're looking at is something else altogether. Take for example the bookcase I recently made from old dresser drawers. Guests realize they are looking at something unique and different, but it's not until they examine it closer that they realize they are repurposed dresser drawers. I love that!
If you don't have an old dresser that you can pull the drawers from, you can find them at flea markets, yard sales, or even Goodwill for an unbelievably low price. Better yet, a lot of people simply put them out at the curb for trash collection, which is where I found mine. Don't worry if the dresser drawers don't look that great because they are very simple to fix up. Basic instructions to prepare old drawers for repurposing include removing the hardware from the back of the drawers, and sand and paint the sides. Finally, give them a fresh new coat of paint.
Ways to reuse old dresser drawers
Bookcases - Paint or paper the bottom of several dresser drawers and stack them to form a bookcase. See a photo of the finished project at Décor Hacks, the website that inspired me to make my bookcase. The drawers can be secured with screws, but other than that there is nothing more to making this fun and functional bookcase yourself.
Planter - Here's a unique way to display an outdoor flower garden; repurpose dresser drawers. Drill holes in the bottom of the drawer and place coffee filters over the holes to keep soil from falling out. Fill with soil and flowers. To make an indoor planter, choose a shallow drawer and use potted plants instead of drilling the holes.
Open shadowbox - Recycle a dresser drawer into a memory-filled shadowbox. Simply sand and paint the drawer and either paint or paper the bottom of the drawer before attaching it to the wall with screws. Add pictures and souvenirs from a family trip, memorable family milestone, or other event that is special to you.
Roll-a-way storage - Sand and repaint the drawers and attach four casters to the bottom to create storage that can slide under the bed or beneath a bench. This is a great way to store purses and accessories, sewing supplies, children toys, and much more.
Pet bed - This is the easiest way to reuse old dresser drawers; turn them into a special spot for your pet. My cat absolutely loves his bed that I made from an old drawer! All I did was wash it out and place a soft cushion inside. When the cushion gets dirty, I remove it and wash it. The only problem I have is keeping the dog out of it.
Kitchen rack - Use a large dresser drawer and install a divider at the center point of the drawer. Attach the divider with screws so that it creates a shelf. After attaching the drawer to the wall, fill it with spice jars, measuring spoons and cups, baking flour, sugar, and other frequently used kitchen items.
These are just a few ideas to get you started, but there are many other ways to repurpose dresser drawers. I'm sure you'll be able to come up with many ideas of your own! Use them to store extra towels and washcloths in a guest bath, mount them to the kitchen wall for extra pot and pan storage, store cookbooks or photo albums binder-up for easy access, or use them for a spot to storage shoes in the entryway. With a little imagination, you'll be able to find several uses for old dresser drawers.
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