This vintage exit sign is one of my new favorite pieces of quirk in my home.  If you missed my post about it here, you might not realize that this was not something I found at an antique shop–it’s actually faux vintage.  I actually made it out of an old drawer front.


Those lonely drawers without a dresser that you spot at curbside trash piles and garage sales?  Don’t pass them by!  Drawers are actually super easy to repurpose and there’s a lot that you can do with all or part of a drawer.  Drawer fronts typically have some type of beveled or raised edge, which adds way more character to a project than a regular board.  And drawer boxes are exactly that–a ready-made box! Check out some of the neat ways you can transform old drawers with these 5 Ways to Repurpose Drawers.

10 Ways to Repurpose Drawers

1.  Wall Organizer


Chic California lined drawers with cork and pretty fabric, then turned them topsy-turvy on the wall.  The result?  Bulletin boards with display space, shadow-box style!

2. Ottoman


Here’s a fun take on what you can do with a drawer by Beyond the Picket Fence.  This rustic drawer got legs and pretty upholstery to become an ottoman!

3.  Planter


This is one of my favorite drawer transformations.  Happy Together refinished this old drawer with cup handles and put it on a small table to create the perfect spot for houseplants.

4.  Bedroom Storage


Two It Yourself shares another way that drawers can become furniture with the addition of legs.  I love the pretty mint paper and gold chevron lining of this end-of-bed storage unit.

5.  Rolling Storage


Drawers were intended for storage, so it’s an easy fit to take advantage of their storage capabilities when you repurpose them.  I like the convenience of wheels on these toy bins made from drawers at Real Housemoms.

6. Drawers as Art

When it comes to unleashing your creativity, a collection of drawers can be transformed into unique pieces of art. Get ready to bring out your inner artist!

One way to make a statement is by painting or staining a drawer and using it as a canvas for a beautiful painting or a captivating collage. Let your imagination run wild as you explore different paint colors, patterns, and textures.

If you’re looking for a way to showcase your memories or cherished items, consider turning your old dresser drawers, nightstand drawers, or any kinds of drawers, even antique sewing machine drawers into a shadow box.

Arrange your favorite photos, mementos, or small objects inside the drawer and display them on a wall. It’s a fantastic way to turn a simple drawer into a personalized and eye-catching piece of art.

7. Drawers as Functional Furniture

Drawers aren’t just for storing items; they can also be transformed into functional pieces of furniture. Let’s think outside the box!

Convert an oversized desk drawer into a small table, perfect for holding a cup of coffee or displaying decorative items. You can also repurpose an entire drawer into a nightstand, providing a stylish and convenient spot for your bedside essentials.

For those seeking a unique touch in the bedroom, turn several drawers into a headboard. Arrange them horizontally or vertically, securing them together to create a one-of-a-kind headboard that adds both functionality and character to your bed.

8. Drawers as Kids’ Furniture

Children’s rooms are meant to be playful and full of imagination. By repurposing a chest of drawers, you can infuse fun and personality into their space.

Transform a drawer into a toy chest, providing a designated spot for their beloved toys. Alternatively, convert a drawer into a mini play kitchen, complete with drawer knobs, a sink, and even a stove. Your child will love having their own little culinary world!

To encourage reading and creativity, use drawers to construct a unique book shelf or desk for your child. Arrange the drawers horizontally or stack them vertically to create a storage space for their favorite books and art supplies.

This functional and personalized furniture will surely inspire your child’s imagination.

9. Drawers as Outdoor Furniture

Who said drawers are limited to indoor use? Take your creativity outdoors!

Repurpose a drawer into a planter and give your garden a touch of whimsy. Fill it with colorful flowers or fresh herbs to create a charming display. Another option is to transform a drawer into a side table, perfect for holding beverages, snacks, or outdoor decor.

If you’re in need of extra seating in your backyard, consider turning a drawer into a bench. Secure the drawer to a sturdy base, add a cushion, and voilà: a cozy and stylish seating option for your outdoor gatherings.

For nature lovers, repurposing a drawer into a birdhouse or a mailbox can add a delightful touch to your yard.

10. Upcycling Drawers

The possibilities for upcycling drawers are truly endless. With a bit of creativity, you can transform old drawers into anything you can imagine!

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and let your DIY skills shine. Consider converting drawers into wall shelves, pet beds, jewelry organizers, or even a unique wine rack.

With a fresh coat of paint, some decorative handles, and a touch of ingenuity, you can breathe new life into old drawers. Embrace the world of upcycling and create functional and visually appealing pieces that reflect your personal style and contribute to a sustainable lifestyle.

Turning Ordinary Drawers Into Extraordinary Treasures

Repurposing drawers offers an exciting world of creative possibilities. From transforming them into functional furniture pieces to unleashing their artistic potential, drawers have proven to be versatile and valuable resources.

By painting, staining, and reimagining these humble storage units, we can elevate our homes with unique and personalized touches. So, don’t let old drawers go to waste!

Embrace the joy of DIY and explore the endless ways to repurpose drawers. Let your imagination soar as you turn discarded drawers into functional treasures, adding both style and sustainability to your living space.

Get ready to unlock the potential of these overlooked gems and embark on your own repurposing adventure!

What’s in your drawers?  Do you have an extra one lying around you’d like to repurpose?

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