Hello Friends! I’m sharing another curbside find turned into something useful (and pretty) today!
To be honest, I rarely actually find things curbside, except when I’m yard saling. I pulled up to my very first sale of the day a few weeks ago and spotted a dresser that was smashed to pieces on the curb, along with these perfectly good drawers:
The owners were happy to have me haul them away for them! I was thinking at the very least I could salvage the hardware. Then when my insanely talented friend Wendi from H20 Bungalow announced this month’s Tool challenge was to create something for back-to-school, using a jigsaw, I knew exactly what I would do!
My pants are so on fire!
I had absolutely NO clue what on earth I could create for back-to-school that required a jigsaw. After begging myself to come up with an idea already, I decided to pair these two up:
To create this:
And for the back-to-school portion of this assignment…it will be used to hold my kids’ back packs!
I have it hanging in my bedroom for photos, but it will live in my laundry room.
My laundry room is a deep dark hole and the photos wouldn’t be nearly as pretty. 🙂
My kids’ backpacks, lunches, etc etc all land here in the kitchen during the school year:
And the clutter drives me bonkers!
This wall in my laundry room will be their new home…
Pretend I’m not sharing a photo of where my cat does her business. It’s all about that wall. 🙂
I think this will be perfect there.
Now for the jig saw part…the only thing I had to cut for this project was the beadboard to go inside the frame.
If you are not a huge DIYer, but you want to be able to cut a few things here and there easily, a jig saw is a great option. It is especially perfect for cutting something that will be framed like the hardboard for making chalkboards or like this beadboard backing I framed, since it is a bit more difficult to get perfectly crisp straight cuts.
It is simple to use as well:
After I cut my beadboard, I removed the rest of the drawer from the drawer front, and removed the picture and glass from the frame.
I removed the hardware from the drawer front and patched the holes using this:
When the filler was dry, I sanded the surface smooth. Then I painted all three pieces with my go-to chalk paint in Cottage White (by Behr). It took three coats for solid coverage on the drawer front, and two coats for the other two pieces. I sanded all three pieces and sealed with Annie Sloan’s clear wax.
I numbered this image of the back (I would totally cover the back in pretty paper if I were selling it, but for me, why bother?) to show how I put it together:
- I used a point driver like this one (affiliate link) to add these “points” around the outer edge to hold the beadboard in place. It looks a bit like a staple gun. I use it ALL the time!
- I secured the drawer front to the beadboard from back with small screws.
- I added D-ring hanging hardware, being sure to screw into the drawer front.
The last piece of this puzzle was adding the hanging hooks I found at Hobby Lobby on sale for $3 each, to the front. But first I spray painted them with Rustoleum’s Heirloom White:
A little sand paper to chip them a bit and they were ready to hang. I screwed them right into the drawer front.
And that’s how a curbside drawer and a $5 thrift store frame became a landing spot for my kids’ back packs!
Although it will more likely end up looking like this:
Hey! Where did my pretty organizer go??
Want to see what else you can make with a jigsaw? The rest of our Power Tool Challenge Team has several more fun ideas to share with you!
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