A Re-Purposed Drawer Shelf

Re-purposing an Old Drawer into a Display Shelf www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
My project started with this drawer picked up for $5.



Re-purposing an Old Drawer into a Display Shelf www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
I washed it up in hot soapy water and sanded the drawer front a bit with sandpaper.

Re-purposing an Old Drawer into a Display Shelf www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
Then I painted the drawer inside and out with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.  

Re-purposing an Old Drawer into a Display Shelf www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
One thing about drawer shelves is that the shelf part can be very narrow.  I decided to try and extend the shelf with an extra board, a 1" x 6" scrap.

Re-purposing an Old Drawer into a Display Shelf www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
Instead of painting the board white, I stained it with a dark walnut stain.

Re-purposing an Old Drawer into a Display Shelf www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
You can see how the board extends past the drawer. 

Re-purposing an Old Drawer into a Display Shelf www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
The drawer is then screwed into the board from the bottom with 3 screws.  I painted the bottom of the board in old white to match the drawer.

Re-purposing an Old Drawer into a Display Shelf www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
The old hardware was replaced.  I really like the old drawer pull.  It's too bad that it won't show much on top of the drawer shelf.

Re-purposing an Old Drawer into a Display Shelf www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
For hanging the drawer shelf, I added a saw toothed picture hanger.  I used longer nails and nailed into the drawer front panel for extra strength.

Re-purposing an Old Drawer into a Display Shelf www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
This is how my drawer shelf looks dressed up for Easter!

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And here for Spring!  (This spring talk is all wishful thinking with 4 feet of snow outside.)

I may hang the shelf in my kitchen after painting or maybe even outside under the covered patio with small pots of impatiens.  I will seal the shelf with water based polyurethane.


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22 comments:

  1. Oh I like it as always....and you were correct to use the original handle....it is a beauty!

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  2. Great idea! Love how you styled it for both Easter and Spring! Looking forward to seeing where it ends up.

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  3. Great job! I love the extended bottom in the dark stain, and the handle is just gorgeous, I can see why you had to have it!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  4. OLÁ CARLENE,ADOREI SEU PROJETO.TENHO UM PARECIDO PARA MEU BANHEIRO,LOGO POST.BOA SEMANA.BEIJO.VALÉRIA.

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  5. Your new shelf does look like spring with your green plants and bunny, Carlene! Will we ever see green outside again?! Your shelf would look sweet with cascading flowers, too.

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  6. That looks great! I love it with the plants!

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  7. Very nice! I need to try this!! Love it dressed up for Easter!

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  8. Who would have ever thought! How creative. Love it! I'll be looking for a drawer for sure.

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  9. Love the drawer shelf...it will look great either hanging inside your home or outside!!
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  10. What a great idea to extend the shelf! I'm sorry that pull is not more visible too because it's gorgeous! I would probably take it off and put it on the back part of the shelf, up above the displayed stuff,so you could see it! I'm ready for spring and your vignette is inspiring!

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  11. Nice and simple and very, very wonderful!!

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  12. Very clever and cute Carlene. Question, do you ever rest??

    Cynthia

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  13. I really like the drawer shelf. It could be used in many different ways.

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  14. So cute! And love the 'springy' displays! :)
    Susan

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  15. That is a Great re-purposed piece. I absolutely Love it!

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  16. Soooo chic. I would love for you to post that on my Chic By You link party @ Chic By Tab. Hope to see you there.

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  17. Darling repurpose. The shelf extension is genius.

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  18. That is a GREAT idea, Carlene...the drawer becomes so much more usable! Thanks for sharing...I see some new shelves in my future!

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  19. Carlene,
    LOVE this idea!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  20. I'm crazy about this drawer shelf, Carlene! Adore the extra board you added, it's the perfect touch! I'm featuring the plant version in this weekend's Party Junk post! :)

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  21. Visiting you because of this awesome drawer project! Carlene, this is fantastic! I love it, and now will be on the hunt for random drawers! (Saw this featured on Funky Junk Interiors - congrats!)

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