Thrift Store Drawer Upcycle

Hello sweet friends! Today I am back with one more item from my pile of goodies I scored on my last day of thrifting…another one of these drawers:

I found four drawers in all that day that came from a piece of furniture that couldn’t be salvaged I guess. No problem, I scooped them right up. The problem is, once you get them home, what do you do with them? It’s hard to come up with new and clever ways to use old drawers and so there they sit. Am I right?

Not this time though because I am determined to work through every last piece that came home with me that day!

Here is what I dreamed up for this drawer:

Thrift store drawer and drop leaf table side become a cute and functional storage piece!

Now it has a whole new life as a cute storage piece!

Turn an old drawer into a cute storage piece!

This could be used for jewelry or remotes or office supplies or makeup or paper or mail or whatever! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love. 

Turn an old drawer into a cute storage piece!

Any guesses as to what I built the box out of?

Did you guess one of the leaves I removed from the drop-leaf table?

Then you would be right!

I busted out just about every saw I own it seems to create this seemingly simple box:

Sure I can make a simple box…no problem! Remind me to never attempt a furniture build from scratch because I am afraid it would do me in! It’s harder than it sounds to get everything cut perfectly even and level.

I did eventually get the pieces I needed cut though:

I sanded them well, especially the cut edge,  before assembling them using wood glue and my nail gun. Then I filled the holes with wood filler.

Turn an old drawer into a cute storage piece!

Inside and out got two coats of Hurricane Gray from Dixie Belle Paint. The drawer was painted in Bit of Sugar by Behr made into DIY chalk paint. (Recipe HERE)

Then I decided to give the top of the box a little stencil detail:

Stenciled add a personal touch to any project.

You can find this stencil HERE. I used spray adhesive to hold the stencil in place and gave it three coats of chalk paint with a small brush. After removing the stencil, I filled in the gaps that give it away as a stencil, using a liner brush.

When everything was completely dry, I sealed with Annie Sloan’s Clear Soft Wax.

Thrift store drawer and drop leaf table side become a cute and functional storage piece!


Thrift store drawer and drop leaf table side become a cute and functional storage piece!

For the drawer, I decided last minute to use a different pull and filled in the hole in the front using wood filler. This is one of my favorite pulls from Hobby Lobby:

Remember these drawers had that cheap brown velvet-ish liner before? I covered that with this pretty frenchy print fabric instead (started out as curtains!), using matte Mod Podge and a chip brush to attach it like a glue:

Thrift store drawer and drop leaf table side become a cute and functional storage piece!


Thrift store drawer and drop leaf table side become a cute and functional storage piece!


Thrift store drawer and drop leaf table side become a cute and functional storage piece!

To finish it off, I added these sweet tiny feet I picked up at Hobby Lobby:

Thrift store drawer and drop leaf table side become a cute and functional storage piece!

I wish they were just a tad larger, but they still add a sweet detail. Here are some larger ones just like them that I found on Amazon.

I am thrilled that I found another use for one of those drawers and for one of the leaves from my table!

Turn an old drawer into a cute storage piece!

I had a couple of requests for the silver tray to be next in line, so silver tray it is! I’ll be back with this pretty tray on Tuesday!

And then I only have a couple of projects left to share!

UPDATE: See how this tray turned out now HERE

If you missed any of these makeovers, you can find them linked below:

$10 Thrift Store Wall Cabinet

80’s Towel Bar Shelf Repurposed

Weird Tote Makeover

Pretty Thrift Store Mirror Makeover

$2 Thrift Store Drawer Upcycle

Drop-Leaf Table Makeover

Thrift Store Picture Repurposed

Time to go shopping again! Have a great weekend and stay warm!! 😀



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  1. ColleenB.~ Tx. says

    Amazing. Who had thought. Very clever turning an ordinary drawer into a storage unit.
    I take it that you didn’t add drawer sliders to this.

    I can’t wait to see what you do with that silver tray as I have one that is heavy and quite large and styled very much like what you have.

  2. Mary Kaiser says

    How cute that turned out!! You are amazing! How your brain keeps coming up with these awesome make overs I will never understand!! That is so great that you used your “spare parts” from your other make over! Well I am in Michigan and we are in the deep freeze, maybe that’s why my brain can not fathom all your creativity!! Another fun and useful item! Cannot wait to see the tray makeover! Thanks for your inspiration!

    • Thank you so much, Mary! I was actually about to head to Home Depot to get wood to create the box when it occurred to me that I could use one of the table sides! I’m so thrilled it worked out. Stay warm, my friend!! XOXO

  3. Char Fisher says

    Drawer #2….You out did yourself Christy! I absolutely love it and so clever you are to use what you already have. I wouldn’t of ever thought through that one! It is so pretty and useful! Your hard work paid off! Great job!!!

  4. That is super cool 🙂 And I’ve never seen little feet like that before 😮 Wish we had a Hobby Lobby down under!

  5. Soooo Awesome! How fun are all the details!! Love the feet!❤️

  6. Janice Holt says

    Love the little drawer. I would never attempt what you did but then again, you are much more talented than I am. Can’t wait to see the silver tray next week

  7. Amazing, Christy! Love it!

  8. Christina in SW FL says

    Way to get your woodworker groove on! You did a great job Christy and the box with its new drawer is beautiful. I think the diminutive feet are the perfect accent.
    Stay warm, have a great weekend and I’ll look forward to the silver platter!

  9. JANET SALMON says

    Always look forward to your post! You have such a great imagination and talent of what something can become. I love all the redo’s from your thrifting trip and cant wait to see what you come up with next. Awesome job, extraordinary talent!

  10. Susan Williams says

    I love it! Your imagination continues to astound me. Thank you for the inspiration!

  11. sheila moore says

    Love it!!!

  12. I love it, it’s really beautiful but you put way too much work into that. Even though you used basically leftover wood, I know how hard that wood was to cut and the hastle of pulling the saws out…etc. I’ve done the big work starting from scratch with new and used woods and when you build a large piece it is a lot of work! Even the smaller pieces are a lot of work but well worth it in the end. It definitely gives me satisfaction, which I’m sure in the end you felt the same. Again very nice job! I love the end result!

    • Thank you, Shirley, and yes I agree…that was a lot of work for this small piece! I didn’t realize how hard that wood would be to cut, but in the end it was worth it! XOXO

  13. sharon austin says

    Oh my word, your imagination just continues to amaze me! How super cute!!

  14. Christy,
    Your inventiveness never ceases to amaze me. This would also make a cute cutlery storage box. I love how you styled your vignette. Can’t wait to see what you do with the silver tray. Stay warm!

  15. Perfect Christy. Great use of the wood. Right now I found doors at IKEA for 3.00 each that I am making into a wall mounted wine rack between 2 cupboards. They too are solid wood. Will make for a great Wine Rack. 😉

  16. Marcie Lovett says

    I thought you’d pop some feet on and call it a tray, but this is just inspired, Christy! We didn’t have to wait too long to see the table leaves get repurposed, did we? Call it a learning experience – it’ll go much easier next time ????

    • Thank you, Marcie! I was thrilled to find a use for one of those leaves! And you are right…it’s always better the next time around! Enjoy your weekend! XOXO

  17. I LOVE all of your ideas, but honestly, this one has to be at the top of my favorites list! This really turned out perfect! Thanks for sharing, again.

  18. Wow Christy!!! that turned out so beautiful!
    Everything you do its so inspirational. I wish I could be this creative!
    Looking forward to seeing what you do with the Silver tray 🙂

  19. Kudos to you for making a box that is in square – that is really tough! it looks great and i love the drawer pull and tiny feet!

  20. Debra A Wise says

    Such a clever makeover! So cute!

  21. Very cute box and I agree, you put a lot of work into it but it looks really good. Do you think you could make a sofa table with the other leaf and extra legs from the drop leaf table?
    It’s really fun to see you work through all the projects. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you, Mary! I thought about that for the other leaf…great idea! I’m glad you are enjoying seeing this lot transformed! XOXO

  22. Omg that’s amazing! I feel you on the box. I made a rough crate out of 1×2 scrap trim pieces and it took hours and hours to get it not-quite-even. I can’t imagine cutting the wood out of a large piece and getting it all lined up. You were my inspiration to ask for a table saw for Christmas this year. We are in one of the cold states right now (not the worst though) so it will be awhile before I can try it out. Thank you for sharing your awesomeness with us!

    • Thanks so much, Joni! Yes…it is way harder than it looks to get everything square! And I love that you were inspired by the table saw…it will help you make amazing things…when the temps thaw a bit of course! XOXO

  23. Love it!!! You always come up with the greatest ideas!

  24. Debbie in TX says

    Can’t believe you already found a way to use one of the drop leaves from the table. Way to go!! This little drawer is very pretty and so useful. I noticed the little feet right away and thought they were the perfect addition. Guess it’s a good thing you have all of those saws to help get the job done!

    • I didn’t waste any time ha ha…I am thrilled that I was able to use one of the leaves already! And yes I needed every one of those saws! Thanks, Debbie! XOXO

  25. Wow…that is amazing! I knew you wouldn’t let those table leaves go to waste! You are the goddess of upcycling! Well done!

    • Thank you, Cindy! I am so excited I found a use for one of those leaves so soon! And I will wear proudly wear that title ha ha! XOXO

  26. You are amazing!!

  27. Cecilia from Georgia says

    The little feet are soooo cute! I wondered what the drop leaf would become one day and there you have it! I bet the wood was heavy and hard to cut…kudos to you for sticking with your original plan! Can’t wait to see what the silver tray transforms into! I appreciate your responses to my questions and changed to Frog tape and it works so much better! Thanks! XOXO

    • Thank you, Cecilia! The wood was very heavy, but I eventually got her done ha ha. You are so welcome…I am so glad you found the FrogTape to work better for you. Feel free to reach out any time, I’m glad to help if I can! XOXO

  28. Lyn Edington says

    I really this one. It is adorable! Well done! I love your creativity.
    I saw this literal “flip” on Hometalk and thought of you. Have you ever tried anything like this? If not, I would love to see your take on it.

  29. Oooh la la, so pretty and functional. I could think of many ways to use that drawer box. Thanks for sharing! Stay warm!

  30. I am astonished at how astonishing the idea of making a drawer into a… drawer is to me, haha! You Are Brilliant. My son and I were looking over what was left of your stash and trying to come up with drawer ideas. A drawer never occurred to us. Duh! I love it!!!

  31. Leslie Delanty says

    Seriously Christie! You are so clever! Since I have been reading your emails, this is the best one yet! PLEASE keep them coming ….. All the best …../leslie

  32. Love this!!! What did you line the inside with?

  33. Katrina Symonds says

    So impressed with that makeover! Well done you!!!!
    Keep warm and safe, we are waiting for snowfall in the UK midlands…

  34. Hi Cristy,

    This I absolutely LOVE! Those little feet look so perfect! Nothing better that salvaging unwanted pieces and giving it a purpose. I have a problem throwing anything away that has potential. I’m convinced you could take ANYTHING and make it great. I’m anxious to see your next makeover!


  35. I really love how different these two drawers turned out. It just shows the versatility of every piece, that you can take two of the same piece and turn them into completely different things.

  36. Always so lovely, Christy! Love that you used TWO thrifted items for the project! Thank you for sharing on Homestyle Gathering. I know the readers love your projects, and I hope you get a bit of traffic coming your way, too!

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