Fun Drawer Upcycle

Use an Old Drawer for a Mini Bookcase

Remember when we sawed off the awkward hump on Brennan’s changing table?  Feel free to see the madness for yourself here.

We had this drawer left over. Of course my husband claimed it as trash and I could feel myself in slow motion saying, “Nnnoooo..” as he was headed out the door to toss it.

I saved that drawer’s life, you know.

Here it is in it’s beautiful new life:

Drawer Upcycle

Oh but you need to see the before…



I found the legs at a yard sale for a dollar for all four.  I’ll take em!

Our bedroom is constantly littered with Brennan’s books so I was looking for a way to hide a stash of books there permanently.

This was the perfect solution.

Book Caddy from Old Drawer

I wanted the paint to have a bit of dimension…


So I started with a coat of homemade chalk paint in cottage white. Then decided I wanted a different feel. So I gave it a second coat in Annie Sloan’s Graphite.


Finally I topped it off with Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue (my new favorite!!).

Then I sanded it a bit and gave it a coat of her clear wax.

Add a pretty mercury glass  knob from Hobby Lobby and the transformation is nearly complete.


All that was left to do was add the feet. For a quarter a piece, I thought these would do just fine. I spray painted them in Rustoleum’s Heirloom White, then screwed them in place from the top.

Now we have the  perfect spot to toss all of Brennan’s books.

Drawer Upcycle

And it only cost me $3.50 + paint, which I already had!

Drawer Upcycle

Use an old drawer as a mini bookcase

Now if we can just get him to read them on the  sofa instead of messing up mommy and daddy’s bed every. single. day.


How could I say no to that face?

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  1. Such a cute idea!

  2. Very cute idea! I have a couple of drawers I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with!! Nice inspiration!!~~Angela

  3. awesome – AS ALWAYS! 🙂

  4. Christy, what a great idea and it turned out so cute! Love the color and ok, now I now I need to grab the drawers out of a dresser I plan to replace soon! Thanks so much for sharing and pinning – have a happy Tuesday!

  5. So Cute what a great idea I would love it if you came by and shared it at One More Time Events…

  6. How fun, I love this idea. Drawers are so useful and you make this one such a great magazine carrier. Love that knob too. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  7. Love it! I have a few drawers in my project pile right now in my garage… I knew they were to great to toss! You have proven it:) Great job,

  8. I love it! Visiting you today from Dorothy Sue and Millie B’s too!


  9. What a great idea. You did a great job, I really love the color, and the rustic look. Don’t you just love Annie Sloan’s chalk paint? I used it on a few things. It’s great! Thanks for sharing!

    Pinning and sharing!

  10. Okay, your creativity is really making me feel inadequate and it’s starting to piss me off. 😉 Now I have to go eat cookies. Wait. Too late. Already did. LOVE your mini bookcase. I probably would have thrown it out cuz I can be dumb like that. 🙂


    • My husband was on his way to toss it…I think he’s finally starting to know better! By the way, how soon did your husband notice the molding you stole from your own trash and “hid”? That post almost made me pee my pants!

  11. JaneEllen says

    If that isn’t smart thinkin’ I don’t know what is. Hard to throw something away til you figure out what can be done with it. Glad you saved that dear drawer. That’s perfect for any thing to store it in a cute way. Love the colors and knob, awesome girl. Love the way you think.
    No I couldn’t say no to that face either. Before you know it he’ll have passed the phase he’s in that needs to be on your bed. It’s just a messy bed Mom, the world won’t end. I can say this to you cause I’ve been there, done that. I can remember “women older than myself” telling me things I didn’t want to hear and thinking they should mind their own business, they didn’t understand. but I really do. Enjoy that little guy. he’s very special, a one and only.

    • Thank you JaneEllen for your words of wisdom…I let that little guy do just about anything since he’s my last. That may get me in trouble one day ha ha!

  12. This is such a great upcycle project! I LOVE what you did with the drawer. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  13. What a wonderful and creative way to store books or anything, for that matter! You did a great job on this project.

  14. wow! I love what you did with this drawer! How very clever and resourceful! What a sweet face too! I’d love for you to link this up to our new All Things Thursday Blog Hop! Hope to see you there!

  15. Love it Christy! Your paint job is amazing. It just sits so happy there next to your couch 🙂

    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

  16. Awesome save! So cute and LOVE your color choices and the new knob! Hopped over from The Dedicated House and I’m happy to be your newest follower! Would love to have you stop by for a visit! 🙂 Blessings ~ Judy.

  17. What a great idea and so pretty too!

  18. How cute, great re cycling!


  19. Oh my goodness! This is the sweetest project!! Almost as sweet as your son reading! 😉

  20. This is absolutely adorable. I just love it!

  21. I love it! The different mix of colors is super and legs for a quarter each? Girl, you just rocked this drawer! I noticed the new knob too so don’t think I was ignoring that, lol! And no, I could not say no to that little face.

  22. This drawer turned out so beautiful! I think the glass knob adds the perfect touch. I found you at Give Me The Goods Monday & I’d LOVE it if you could link up this post to my Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop. We love seeing DIY upcycle projects like this! Thanks!

  23. Great job on this upcycle project! Your beautiful drawer was picked in my roundup of features from last week’s All Things Thursday Blog Hop. I hope you’ll visit again tonight and link up more of your awesome projects!

  24. Suburbsmama says

    This is so cute! Love the little legs. Thank you so much for linking up to Suburbsmama. Hope to see more from you soon.

  25. What a cute idea. I love it!

  26. wow! wonderfull idea:)
    kisses from Poland:*

  27. What a great way to use an item that would have ended up in the trash. Thanks so much for sharing with this week’s Throwback Thursday party.

  28. You are so darling!! And your work is nothing short of brilliant – keep it up!

  29. This drawer turned out great! I have an old wooden tool box in my bedroom with kids books. There are books in every room of my house! I suppose one day I won’t have books and baby dolls strewn across my bedroom….

    I have three drawers from a salvage store that I’m currently working on changing up, so I loved seeing how your transformation turned out! Did you screw the furniture legs in from the inside of the drawer? I was thinking about using some old banister spindles for a similar look on one of my drawers.

    • Hi AmyJo, Thanks for stopping by! I did screw the legs in from the topside using wood screws and washers. I also added just a little bit of wood glue as well. Then I just painted over them to hide them. Spindles will work great as legs! XO

  30. Love it! I need one to hold my dogs toys! Pinning too!

  31. Gorgeous AND clever project! Love the color-distressing, perfect.

  32. Great idea! I have a couple of old drawers lying around…collecting junk. I should try something like this.
    Debbie 🙂

  33. Hi! I finished the first of 3 drawers that I’m working on. I’ll add legs to one of them eventually, but wanted to show you the one that is complete, since you inspired me to get moving on it!


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