Thursday, June 2, 2011

Repurposed Drawers

Remember these old cabinets I removed for my laundry room makeover?
Did you think I just kicked those babies to the curb?  Heck no!  Much to my husband's consternation I have been hanging on to the upper cabinet and the lower drawers (the lower cabinet fell apart during demo or I would have kept it too).  Mr. Thriftress thoroughly detests just loves old cabinets and drawers strewn about the house!  So to tidy up an bit and keep the whining to a minimum I set to work repurposing the drawers for my son's room.  With a little paint and some wheels the drawers became these adorable rolling storage carts for the Lego table!
I've always wanted one of these awesome Pottery Barn Kids activity tables with the carts that tuck underneath. 
Now I've got my own for just the cost of 8 small wheels (about $18) available at the home improvement center!  I used the same dark blue paint as my son's bed frame which I already had on hand and the handles are made from rope we had lying around the garage.  Sweet!  I'm so excited about making something out of nothing and maybe getting the Lego bits & pieces under control.
Here's the step by step for making your own activity carts.
  1. Find a drawer to repurpose.  Mine are from a laundry room demo.  If you don't have drawers on hand you can find them at thrift stores like Habitat for Humanity ReStore or on Freecyle and Craigslist.
  2. Remove the hardware and rough up the surface of the drawer with the sander or sand paper.  My drawers are laminate so I gave them a thorough sanding to make sure the paint would adhere.
  3. Drill holes for the rope handle or whatever hardware you plan to use.  The laminate tends to chip when drilling holes so I did this before priming & painting.
  4. Prime.
  5. Paint.
  6. Using a screwdriver attach the wheels to each corner of the drawer.  
  7. Add the rope handle.  I simply knotted the rope on the inside and outside of the drawer to secure it.
Done!  Now you've got yourself a handy toy tote or under bed storage!

What have you repurposed in your home?

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  1. Great idea! I never thought about adding wheels.

  2. what an awesome idea! steve should have trusted your vision in keeping those cabinets! ;)

  3. you never cease to amaze me!! Great idea! I'm going to look at drawers a whole new way now!!

  4. Very good idea. No sense wasting good drawers. ha ha
    Best wishes, Linda

  5. Fantastic idea! Love it!! Thank you for sharing

  6. Hi, Sarah! I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

    PS: While you're there, can you also join the giveaway? Thank you :)

  7. I'm thinking of doing this with our TV cabinet tomorrow so just found your blog searching for how to do it. :) Looks cute!


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