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. 😉
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.
Then sanded the door…
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.
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.
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.
Isn’t she pretty?
I also added a magnetic closure thing. Here’s a peek inside:
There’s plenty of room for goodies in there.
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.)
And here’s a before-and-after one more time:
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, Girl in the Garage
Now it’s time for my thrifty friends’ makeovers…
Below are my friends’ Before photos – click any of the links underneath to see the After and read the full tutorial!
1. Prodigal Pieces 2. Bless’er House
Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces says
How sweet is that?! What a perfect solution to a cast off. Tres chic!
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[email protected] of Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says
$4? I hope you snatched them all up! This is super cute and functional now! XO
Chris[email protected] of Serial Do-it-Yourselfer recently posted…99¢ Thrift Store Table Makeover
So cute! Great transformation!
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says
Wow! That’s a super creative makeover Jen! Love it! 🙂 xoxo
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This is so cool!! Pinned!
Cheryl recently posted…Taking a break
Thanks so much, Cheryl!
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!
Pili recently posted…Sweet Inspiration #38
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. 🙂
Inspired. Love it.
Have four draws, turning them into planters. Might keep one for this ?
I love your planter idea too!
Marie from The Interior Frugalista says
Jen, I love this for three reasons. 1) it’s such a great idea for repurposing a drawer. 2) I love French graphics. 3) My grandmother’s middle name was Antoinette. Pinning to share 🙂
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Thank you so much, Marie! I’m a little bit fascinated by Marie Antoinette. 😉
Florence @ VintageSouthernPicks says
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.
Thank you Florence. It was definitely a large drawer – now to decide what to do with the other two! 😉