10 Ways to Repurpose Old Drawers

I’ve been doing a fun project with another old dresser {you can see my last trash to treasure dresser here} and it got me thinking about fun ways to repurpose old drawers.  I found some great ideas … which one is your favorite?

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You can use an old drawer in a vignette to hold mason jar vases full of flowers.  I have an old drawer just like this one {from an old built-in sewing machine, I believe} that I use to hold thread on my sewing table.

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If the drawers aren’t in great shape, cut them apart and use the drawer fronts as hangers.  They look so great all grouped together.

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You can paint the drawers in fun colors and use them as shelves.  Perfect for the kids.

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Or how about this drawer turned into a chalkboard?  I love that they used the inside of the drawer but you could also turn it around and use the bottom of the drawer as the chalkboard.  This would be really cute outside!

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I’ve had this idea pinned for a while.  A large drawer used as sliding under-the-bed storage.  I want to do this for Luke, Lila, and Tate.  It’s a great way to corral the junk treasures and it still looks cute!

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I’ve used a cabinet door as a jewelry display but I also love this drawer used as a jewelry display.  Not only does it keep everything organized but it looks great too, doesn’t it?

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This is one of my favorite ideas: a drawer used as a bathroom shelf and towel hanger.  I like the pretty lining on the back of the drawer.

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A drawer used as paint storage would be so cute in a craft nook.

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And what little girl wouldn’t love this drawer turned into a dollhouse?  What a clever and adorable idea!

And the final repurposed drawer idea, a drawer repurposed into a clock!

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I love these ideas!  I’ll be checking the curbs a little more closely on trash day, looking for some drawers to repurpose!

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I’m Randi, a wife and stay-at-home mom of five kids, ranging from preschool to high school. I love strong coffee, craft and DIY projects, my planner, my laptop, and my big ol’ family. When I’m not creating something for my blog, I can be found in the car, running kids from one place to another. I’m the one knitting at the red light.


  1. So many great uses!! I especially love the under the bed storage. I have one on my kitchen counter storing olive oils and seasonings. Great post!! Cheers!

  2. These are such great ideas. I wish I was more crafty.

  3. love all of these!! very cool ideas. I’ve seen the doll house one before it’s adorable!

    <3 Bethany @ Thesepiapuppy.blogspot.com

  4. Great ideas! Love the bathroom shelf, and the jewelry organizer in particular.

  5. WOW thanks for sharing…i love these ideas!!!! I think i pinned every one :)

  6. Awesome collection of ideas!!

  7. I love a good round up! Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!

  8. What a great collection! i need to get some drawers!!! :)

  9. Wow! Those are cool ideas! Thanks for sharing at The Gunny Sack!

  10. Love your ideas! I use an old antique drawer in the bathroom to display washcloths. I simply roll them and place them in a line. It’s a great way to create a simple bathroom decor. I’d love for you to share this post at my Twirl & Take a Bow party. Hope you can stop by!
    Have a great week.
    House on the Way

  11. thanks for the feature Randi! Love all of them!

  12. great ideas! drawers make great magazine containers and shelves.

  13. Great ideas! I have a drawer left over from a dresser project, now I’m inspired to actually do something with it! Thanks!

  14. Hi,

    These are all such wonderful ideas. Where would I find instructions for them? For example, what type of paint to use when re-purposing a drawer, how to get wheels in it to use it for under the bed storage, or how to be able to attach it to your wall. Needless to say, I’m a neophyte BUT I’m not afraid to try.

    Thank you.

    • Randi Dukes Randi Dukes says:

      Hi Anne! If you click on the links, instructions for individual projects will be listed there. The details should be given. As for repurposing, any type of paint will work great – craft paint, spray paint, stain, etc. Hope that helps!

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