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what to do with dresser drawers

Posted by henhouse (My Page) on
Sat, May 14, 11 at 16:32

I received a 4 drawer dresser from a friend but don't plan on using the drawers.Has anyone ever done a project with dresser drawers? Thank you in advance for any replies.


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RE: what to do with dresser drawers

There is a thread called "Drawer Shadow Boxes" posted on page 1 of this forum. It was posted by "oldalgebra" earlier this year. She used desk drawers and I don't know how big your dresser drawers are, but it may give you some ideas. Hope this helps.
Marylee


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Attach sliders or wheels and they'll make great under the bed storage boxes.


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Thanks marylee for the reference to "drawer shadow boxes"
They are so cool.


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Not too long ago I saw a picture of a dresser drawer used as a planter. It was sitting on a patio railing in the corner. I thought it was a cute idea.

I don't know if they planted the plant right in the drawer itself of if they were in containers and then set in drawer.


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link to blog showing dresser drawer planter

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http://blisstree.com/live/ideas-for-using-old-dresser-drawers/?utm_source=blisstree&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=b5hubs_migration


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I just glue and nail two drawers together and use it as a shelf for tiny spaces and closet.


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Turn them on their sides facing front, side by side and on top of each other. Fasten them together with metal brackets, paint the drawers and you have a very nice book shelf.


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Use them as planters, shadow boxes, depending on size using them for organizational things, add a shelf inside of them and make them decorative with knick knacks, take the front of the drawers off...put a nice decorative knob on it...paint it...add some decals...add some paper/material....then make them wall hangings. There is a lot that could be done when the mind wanders:)


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Aren't these clever ideas? I think good enough to keep the items out of the landfill. Chalk one up for recyclers!

Here is a link that might be useful: This Old House Magazine


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I have visited the forums frequently, but I didn't register until today. I didn't see an "introduce yourself" forum, so please excuse me if I am doing something wrong with posting this.
This link is an article I wrote a a couple of years ago about turning a drawer into a potting bench.
Again, I hope I am not doing anything wrong by posting my own link.

Here is a link that might be useful: Build a Roadside Cast-off Dresser Drawer Potting Bench


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I love that potting bench. Really clever! I also like those dog beds above. Never would have thought of that.

Alicia


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Do-It-Yourself magazine (BH&G publication) recently featured a headboard wall made out of old drawers that I fell in love with. They painted the bottom of the drawers the wall color and the sides in white. Take a look at the link below - it's on the front cover. Love it!

Here is a link that might be useful: headboard wall


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I'm pretty sure I copied these pictures from the Garden Junk forum. I just fell in love with this planter.
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I also saw somewhere that they were used as a raised garden bed. Kind of like how people build the frame and fill it with dirt, only I think they nailed or screwed them together and then filled them with dirt. Not sure if they took out the bottoms. They would rot if you didn't. I would also put sealer on the drawer sides so they last at least a few years. And for that matter, you could put them on table legs for a waist-high raised bed. I've been seeing a lot of those for people with bad knees and bad backs.

Just throwing out another idea.....
Alicia


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when my daughter was little she always used her old dresser drawers (when we bought her a new one) for her baby dolls and barbies. she made then into different barbie rooms, she painted the "walls" and put her little doll furniture in there


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That headboard is amazing! I'm getting ready to make an upholstered headboard but that picture is making me rethink my plans.


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