One Old Drawer – Many New Uses

Tomorrow I am doing a short news segment on Fox 21 News in Colorado Springs about Upcycling for Organization. If you miss it or aren’t in the area, I’ll post the link shortly!

I’ll have some fun and easy tips but I wanted to give a preview of one of my upcycling projects. Old drawers are one of my favorite things to upcycle. They have so many uses, there are so many different sizes available and you can find them cheap, cheap, cheap if you don’t already have some on hand. I want to show you a few ways you can use a smaller size drawer for storage and organization.

First, find a drawer…maybe like this one:

DSC_0190Then, dress it up a little. I used some blue paint and distressed it a bit with some stain. I added a knob on the front and some painted feet to elevate it a little.

DSC_0220I wanted to see how many uses I could find for this little gem. I went from room to room and looked for creative storage inspiration and I was amazed at all of the ways it could fit in.

It’s a great way to leave out guest towels or other guest accessories. DSC_0241

Or display some extra magazines.


It would also make a great counter-top fruit and veggie holder.

DSC_0261It adds a personal touch to the closet where you can store scarves or a variety of other accessories.


In the kid’s room, you could use it for books or other toys. Or what about changing table storage?

DSC_0329DSC_0378Set it on a window ledge to hold small plants or herbs.


Or how great would this look as part of a bar set up?


You could pair it with another drawer and it would be a great self-serve area at a brunch or party.

DSC_0291I’m sure there are a million more uses, these are just my first thoughts. What else would you do with this?