Repurposed Drawer to Cabinet


Have you ever come across something while thrifting and you didn’t really know what you’d do with it, but you just had to buy it because you knew it had all kinds of potential?

That’s me… I can see the potential in just about anything, even if it means that thing will sit in my garage for months until I’m finally inspired.  (Hahaha)

I was walking through the antique store where I rent a space one day and I came across several of these old drawers, and at $4.00 each I couldn’t help but see their potential.  😉

Drawer repurposed into DIY storage cabinet with French image transfer graphic - Girl in the Garage

Fast forward 6+ months and one of them is finally getting some trash-to-treasure makeover attention.  (My blogging friends are sharing their T2T makeovers today too, see them at the end of this post.)

Mr. GITG helped out with this repurposed drawer project by removing the handle and filling the holes, and then cutting a door from birch plywood and two shelves.

Next I measured, marked, and then installed the shelves with L-brackets.

Drawer repurposed into DIY storage cabinet with French image transfer graphic - Girl in the Garage

Then sanded the door…

Drawer repurposed into DIY storage cabinet with French image transfer graphic - Girl in the Garage

and after searching for ages for the right hinges (due to complications from the thin door), I finally discovered that these hinges would be the perfect choice.  (Here is an affiliate link for the ones I used.)  I used regular screws on the sides of the cabinet (where the wood was thicker) but had to use bolts and nuts for the front since the door is only 1/4 inch thick.

Drawer repurposed into DIY storage cabinet with French image transfer graphic - Girl in the Garage

I added a matching handle and painted the entire cabinet (and brushed over the hardware also) in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Country Grey.  After deciding the front was a little too plain for my taste, I used my overhead projector and added an image I found online.

Drawer repurposed into DIY storage cabinet with French image transfer graphic - Girl in the Garage

It was traced in pencil originally and then I went back over the thin lines with a Sharpie and small paintbrush with black paint for the thick areas.

Tada:

Drawer repurposed into DIY storage cabinet with French image transfer graphic - Girl in the Garage

Isn’t she pretty?

I also added a magnetic closure thing.  Here’s a peek inside:

Drawer repurposed into DIY storage cabinet with French image transfer graphic - Girl in the Garage

There’s plenty of room for goodies in there.

Drawer repurposed into DIY storage cabinet with French image transfer graphic - Girl in the Garage


Click here for my free printable resource list: 11 Items to Always Buy While Thrifting

It looks a bit better now than it looked when I got it, am I right?

(In case you didn’t know, I’m a little obsessed with Versailles.)

Drawer repurposed into DIY storage cabinet with French image transfer graphic - Girl in the Garage

And here’s a before-and-after one more time:

Drawer repurposed into DIY storage cabinet with French image transfer graphic - Girl in the Garage

What do you think of this repurposed drawer project?  Have you done something like this before?  I’d love to know!  Leave me a comment below.

Also, please share this project to inspire others too!

Jen

Now it’s time for my thrifty friends’ makeovers…..

Trash to Treasure Tuesday

Below are my friends’ Before photos – click any of the links underneath to see the After and read the full tutorial!

Trash to Treasure Makeovers

1. Prodigal Pieces     2. Bless’er House

3. Confessions of a Serial DIYer     4. Artsy Chicks Rule


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14 Comments on Repurposed Drawer to Cabinet

  1. Lindsay
    January 10, 2017 at 10:32 am (2 months ago)

    So cute! Great transformation!

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    • Jen
      January 11, 2017 at 6:17 pm (2 months ago)

      Thanks so much, Cheryl!

      Reply
  2. Pili
    January 10, 2017 at 5:04 pm (2 months ago)

    Love it!! I keep finding drawers all the time but recently I decided to pass because I ran out of ideas. Now I won’t let anyone more alone, thanks for the inspiration!
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    • Jen
      January 12, 2017 at 6:51 pm (2 months ago)

      Thank you, Pili – so glad you like it! I have a couple more of these drawers so I’m going to be on the lookout for more inspiration too. 🙂

      Reply
  3. Heidi
    January 11, 2017 at 4:29 am (2 months ago)

    Inspired. Love it.
    Have four draws, turning them into planters. Might keep one for this 😉

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    • Jen
      January 11, 2017 at 6:17 pm (2 months ago)

      I love your planter idea too!

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    • Jen
      January 12, 2017 at 6:50 pm (2 months ago)

      Thank you so much, Marie! I’m a little bit fascinated by Marie Antoinette. 😉

      Reply
  4. Florence @ VintageSouthernPicks
    January 15, 2017 at 6:08 pm (2 months ago)

    Love the transformation! Love the stencil on the front too…beautiful! The drawer was much bigger than it looked in first pic. $4 was a great deal on it too. I always look for drawers on the side of the road, but don’t see ’em much.

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    • Jen
      January 20, 2017 at 9:27 pm (2 months ago)

      Thank you Florence. It was definitely a large drawer – now to decide what to do with the other two! 😉

      Reply

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