$2 Thrift Store Drawer Upcycle

Hello dear friends! I’ve got another makeover to share today from my last thrifting haul. Working through these pieces one by one has actually stopped me from thrifting until I get these all done. It is the best thing ever!

I shared a peek of today’s piece on Thursday:

I actually picked up two small drawers and two this size:

The furniture piece they came with must have been in very poor condition and so maybe they figured they could still make money on the drawers. For $6 for the bunch, I scooped them up! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I use.

Also included in my last thrift store haul was this set of wood brackets I picked up for $1.98:

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

To turn these brackets and one of the drawers into this really cute shelf??

Turn and old drawer and a pair of brackets into a cute wall shelf.


Turn and old drawer and a pair of brackets into a cute wall shelf.

Now this could totally be used for a functional shelf, but I actually hung it here in my office above our printer for another purpose…

Turn and old drawer and a pair of brackets into a cute wall shelf.

It will now be holding extra printer paper! My youngest loves to draw and is always raiding my office for copy paper, so now it will be more convenient for him, although it won’t look as quite as cute just holding paper.

To create this one-of-a-kind drawer shelf, I first used these awesome staining cloths to stain the rest of the drawer where the wood was unfinished:

Minwax staining cloths are great for a quick stain.

These dry super fast so I can get back to work quickly. I do this so that when I sand after painting, the dark wood color will show through. I painted the drawer and the brackets in my favorite white, Bit of Sugar by Behr made into DIY chalk paint. (Recipe HERE.)

To attach the brackets to the drawer I first attached the brackets with wood glue, lining the brackets up at the very edge so I could use the hangers in them to hang the new shelf.

Turn and old drawer and a pair of brackets into a cute wall shelf.

I wouldn’t normally wait for the glue to dry before following up with my railgun, but I did here just so they wouldn’t move on me since I needed to tip the drawer up.

I used my nailgun to drive a couple of nails into the thicker end of the brackets, from the inside of the drawer, and then I hammered in a couple of finishing nails to the smaller end since I didn’t have any shorter nailgun nails.

And voila!

Turn and old drawer and a pair of brackets into a cute wall shelf.

I lightly sanded all over with 220 grit sandpaper and then sealed the brackets and the drawer with Annie Sloan’s Clear Soft Wax. I hadn’t used that in a while and I forgot what a lovely finish the wax gives chalk painted pieces.

Then because the drawer was lined with that brown velvety lining, I needed to add something to cover it. Ya’ll are gonna be so proud of me…

Guess what I used?? Remember I saved the lattice that I removed from this cabinet:

Yep! I found just enough pieces that were the right length:

I wrapped them in FrogTape and then used my miter saw to cut them to the right length:

Then I used hot glue and my cordless glue gun to attach the pieces to the bottom of my drawer:

Turn and old drawer and a pair of brackets into a cute wall shelf.

They worked perfectly!

So here is the finished drawer shelf again:

Turn and old drawer and a pair of brackets into a cute wall shelf.

And a peek at the insides:

Turn and old drawer and a pair of brackets into a cute wall shelf.

Those old lattice pieces worked out so well.

Turn and old drawer and a pair of brackets into a cute wall shelf.

I reused the old knob, but added this decorative piece to the back of it:

Turn and old drawer and a pair of brackets into a cute wall shelf.

The back piece was with another knob I purchased at Hobby Lobby years ago. Both got painted in the same white paint as the drawer and brackets.

Turn and old drawer and a pair of brackets into a cute wall shelf.

A peek at the brackets…

Turn and old drawer and a pair of brackets into a cute wall shelf.

I just love how this piece turned out and that I was able to use not one, but two of my thrifty finds from that haul!

Turn and old drawer and a pair of brackets into a cute wall shelf.

Turn and old drawer and a pair of brackets into a cute wall shelf.

I still have three more drawers to figure out, and a few more things from this haul, but that’s two more crossed off:

In the meantime, I’m working on this table to share with you on Thursday:

UPDATE: No need to come back! See how this table looks now HERE! 🙂

See the other makeovers I’ve already completed here if you missed them:

Pretty Thrift Store Mirror Makeover

Weird Tote Makeover

80’s Towel Bar Shelf Repurposed

$10 Thrift Store Wall Cabinet

See ya Thursday!



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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    I Love how that turned out, so creative and I love that it is now something super functional. such a great idea. I also love that you used the lattice pieces in the bottom, they are the perfect finish for the bottom of your drawer, no waste. My mom always use to say waste not, want not, I think she would say that to you for this!!

  2. Janice Holt says

    Now I need this to put in my office. Like your son, my granddaughter (9) is always getting my copy paper to draw. Turned out so cute.

  3. Christina in SW FL says

    Wow, Christy, this is perfect for your printer paper! 🙂 You know I adore the white. Love how you put on the brackets. The lattice planks are perfect! Way to go!!
    Have a great week and I look forward to seeing the drop leaf table.

  4. How creative! It’s beautiful! What a nice addition this would make to most any room in your house.
    Thx for sharing your talents, Christy!

  5. LOVE IT! I have several drawers I’ve been contemplating reusing. I’ll be looking for brackets. Can I ask the drawer dimensions please? Thank you

    • Thank you, Jerri!! The dimensions of my drawer are 13″wide X almost 12″ deep and just under 4″ high. XOXO

  6. Marcie Lovett says

    I thought a tray, maybe a box…never a shelf! I should stop playing this game, because I always lose. You always have a winning project in the end, no matter what you create, Christy. It really has been fun to see you transform these things (bonus for getting them finished before bringing anything new in ????)

    • Aww don’t stop guessing! Thank you so much, Marcie! And yes I love that this is making me finish what I have! XOXO

  7. Michele D Branham says

    Christy, I love this idea. You are so clever!!!!

  8. What a great idea, Christy! I love this shelf. I like the white color and the little stained boards on the inside was certainly a clever way to use the lattice and add color to this project. Well done!

  9. I love how it turned out too. Especially how you used the lattice inside the drawer this time. Great job!

  10. That is so funny. I have that exact table. I am very curious what you do with it.

  11. These have been so fun! I feel like I am doing “I Spy” on your haul picture 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you do with the table, because I have one like that waiting on me, too.

  12. I can’t tell you how cute I think this is Christy… and $2! A MUST try for me and I’m sure I have everything I need too! 🙂 Have a great day!

    • Aww thanks, Denise! I have really enjoyed working through these smaller projects…I’m sure you do have everything you need to make one too! XOXO

  13. Another great re-purpose.

  14. sharon austin says

    Very cool; I want to do some drawer front planters for outside my house under the windows but I haven’t found any decent drawers yet. It’s amazing what you can do with stuff like this!!

  15. Fantastic! Corbels, drawer…and the lattice! Rock on, girlfriend. ????????

  16. This is such a clever repurpose Christy. It looks really great with the corbels.

  17. Wow, I love this shelf! So creative and it looks like it could be used in any decor, and for many different purposes. Keep up your great and inspiring work!

  18. Great drawer repurposed into something so pretty yet functional also! ????
    I have a table almost identical to yours that was given to me sitting out in the garage,
    can’t wait to see your magical transformation! ????

  19. I totally, totally love this Christy! It’s those extra touches that really make the piece. The wood slats inside the drawer are genious! I have a bunch that have fallen out of bi-fold doors. Use them for “risers” when painting, but have plenty more to spare for a drawer bottom. Thanks!!!

  20. What a score on both! I did have an idea of what you would do with them, but of course your finished product exceeded my poor imagination! Love it!

  21. Nice save!!! LOVE it!!! Have a good one!!!
    Addie xoxo

  22. Corri Riebow says

    Oh my gosh, I love this idea! I’ve had 2 drawers hanging out in my garage waiting for me to do something with them!????

  23. I love it! It is a nice decor piece that provides display!

  24. I love everything you do. I really hve enjoyed seeing what you’ve done with this bunch of thrift store finds…but this little shelf!! And what you’re going to use it for!!! My favorite so far!!!! Love it!

  25. I actually think that you need some kind of rider inside the drawer/shelf. Items half hidden isn’t the best look. Just a suggestion. I love ve everything you do!

    • Thanks, Christine! I’m not sure if you read the post, but I’ll be using this to hold our printer paper so my youngest can easily access it for drawing. I just staged it this way for photos. XO

  26. Debra A Wise says

    The shelf is so adorable. Love it! Can’t wait to see the table makeover. I have one similar to this but a lighter wood (and maybe a laminate top???) that I’ve wanted to attempt to makeover so can’t wait to see yours for inspiration!

  27. What an awesome idea! That would also work in the bathroom as well! Your projects are always so cute!

  28. Totally adorable! Love that you repurposed that lattice, perfect! Can’t wait to see the table! xoxo

  29. Wow! I absolutely love this idea. It’s brilliant! Now I want to go look for a broken down drawer to store my printer paper in!;) Thanks so much for joining us over at the Homestyle Gathering Link Party. It’s so fun to have you come join us, and I love to see your creative projects. Thanks for the inspiration.

  30. Wow! Now I’ll be out looking for drawers! You’re so talented and I love your blog!

  31. You know…..you really should consider having your own blog! Wow, you are such a genius girlfriend. If I just had half of your talent.

  32. What a clever upcycle that is perfect to use above your printer. I always love seeing your creativity!

  33. Hi Christy! What a creative project! I love how you used the wood from the lattice for the bottom inside the drawer. Thank you so much for joining us and sharing this project over at Homestyle Gathering.

  34. I’m looking around my house now where I can put some drawer shelves! Also have to come back to see the drop leaf table, I’ve got one similar gathering dust.

  35. Robyn D Wright says

    One Word: PERFECT!

  36. So cute. What do you think? Several of these drawers grouped together would make a great art station for the children?

  37. Tonya S King says

    Love seeing all of your beautiful work

  38. Kristina Austin says

    What an awesome idea! I could really use one of these to! I will be keeping my eyes open for smaller drawers now (I seem to always see larger ones)and also the brackets. Way to go once again!

  39. So pretty (as always) and so stinkin’ practical! I love how it makes your little printer area all that much lovelier! Thank you for sharing at Homestyle Gathering, Christy! We love having you there!

  40. That is stupendous!!! Pretty, functional (and HOW! I have kids opening MY printer drawer 93 times a day too!), pretty, stash-busting, and …did I mention pretty??? I can not believe you snuck those lattice pieces in there too! Gorgeous! You get super-extra-bonus points for that. Great project!!!

    • Thank you, Becky!! YES…I wouldn’t let my son open the printer drawer, so he was constantly asking me to get him paper, so this was the perfect solution! I did steal that clock from my kitchen for the photos though so now I need to find something to hang above it! 😀 XOXO

  41. I just found your website and I must say, where have you been my whole life! I have always been pretty crafty but have always had to be self taught as I know no one that is as crafty as myself. You are now my crafty inspiration and teacher! Thank you so much for doing what you do!

  42. Wow! I just love to see all your projects. You have talent girl!

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