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Repurposed Drawers

Last Updated on February 26, 2013 by Kristi Linauer

When I transformed this Craigslist dresser…

dresser 1 (2)

…into this t.v. stand for John & Alice’s family room…

craigslist dresser transformation 1

…I was left with six drawers that weren’t being used.  I still have them, and I’m having a hard time throwing them away because I’m just certain that there are many creative ways in which they can be used.

So I turned to Google to give me some ideas.  Here are a few that I found.

My favorite idea is to turn the drawers into a planter.  I don’t really understand how this self-watering planter from Instructables works (because I haven’t read through the instructions yet), but I love the way it looks.

repurposed drawers self watering planter

This chest by WIS Design is simply amazing.  I’d love to try my hand at making something like this if I had room for it, but unfortunately, my tiny condo lacks the space for a piece like this.

repurposed drawers chest

A very simple idea is to turn a drawer into a shelf, like this one from Trash 2 Treasure.  I think I would leave the feet off and hang it on a wall.  I could use just one, or hang them in a group.

repurposed drawers shelf

This idea from DiggersList would be great if I had an outdoor space to call my own.  But condo living doesn’t come with outdoor space (a fact that I’m usually grateful for until I see a great idea like this)…

repurposed drawers veggie garden

I love this idea for a table that I found on My Lovely Life.  What a pretty way to store bath salts and other bath items next to the tub!

repurposed drawers table

Unfortunately, I have no need for under bed storage (since I built the base for my bed to include storage cubbies), but if I had a standard bed with space underneath, this would be a great way to use my extra drawers!  I found this on Pinterest.

repurposed drawers under bed storage

Aren’t those some great ideas?!  I’m telling ya, there are some mighty creative people out there!

Looking through all of the ideas I found last night really helped get my creative juices flowin’.  I finally have an idea for mine, but you’ll have to wait a bit to see it.  I’ll give you a hint…it involves my two furry felines.

So if you had six extra drawers that were in good shape and had pretty little handles on them, what would you do with them?

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    July 6, 2011 at 1:58 pm

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    July 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Love the repurposed drawers. Fresh and modern.

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    July 6, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    The under bed storage and the outdoor space for plants are my favorites. I think I would make a cat bed out of one of them, since my cats like drawers. Something about being able to curl up in their own space makes them purr. 

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    Cathy Greggs
    July 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    My guess is…  if you save them, you'll eventually find the PERFECT thing to do with them when the time is right and we'll all be amazed when we see it.

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    Tamara @ Etcetorize
    July 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Great ideas!  I also have loads of drawers sitting around.  I like the last two best, probably because they look the easiest~

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    coupon Greene
    July 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I am really itching for something like that by my stairs. I need something to hold baskets for each of the kids to take their stuff upstairs and not have it collect on the stairs. Love it. Stop by if you would like to link up any Tips you may have.

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    July 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    aww man, and I threw away two small drawers recently.  I knew better than throwing them out,, these are great ideas.

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    Lee Hynes
    July 6, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    All great ideas!

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    July 7, 2011 at 2:10 am

    LOVE the under bed storage. We need this under ALLLLLL of our beds!!! Too bad Craigslist in Wichita is severely over priced. I'll watch at yard sales, though! 🙂

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    July 7, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I LOVED LOVED LOVED your TV stand! I will most definitely remember it for future use. Very clever.

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    Holly Lefevre LaRock
    July 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Great ideas. I saved all of the drawers from my kitchen redo last year…15! I have a few ideas but have not done a thing…maybe I'll get moving now!

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    July 8, 2011 at 1:24 am

    I like the idea by NancyU of making a cat bed of out the drawer.  The cats do seem to like to cuddle in them.  Nice TV stand.

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    July 8, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Love the rolling drawers, what a great idea!

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    December 3, 2011 at 9:39 am

    really like the under the bed rolling drawers. what a great idea!