Do you remember this desk?
I took it apart to make this tall chest of drawers.
I used the drawers from the left and right sides, but had one drawer left, the middle drawer. I removed the hardware.
With it standing on its end, you can see that it won’t hang flat against the wall due to the drawer front not being flush with the drawer.
I put it on the table saw and gave it a “trim”. To do this I had to remove the “guard”. Please know that I take my safety (and yours) very seriously. I only remove the guard when I absolutely have to. As soon as I finished trimming this drawer, I put it right back in place.
I removed the tray that was meant to hold pens and pencils. I want to use it, but I want to move it.
As I place it in the drawer, you can see that it is too large. I trimmed it up on the table saw also.
In this picture you can see where the tray was, and where I moved it to. I am testing some options for adding a “memo” function.
I painted the entire drawer with a quick coat of chalkboard paint. I used Gorilla Wood Glue to attach the tray.
I gave it two more coats of chalkboard paint.
To attach the memo board ($$ Tree) I used Gorilla Glue on the back of the board . . .
I dampened the drawer where the memo board would go. Gorilla Glue “damp it/clamp it”.
This is my clamp! hehehe
I added some hooks for keys and other items.
The tray will easily hold chalk, pens, pencils, whatever one needs to keep handy!
Because the entire repurposed drawer is a chalkboard, it can have reminders anywhere.
I don’t think I’m finished with this desk . . . I still have the top! hmmmm
Don’t you love a great chalkboard?
I made another great drawer chalkboard, it's much larger and prettier. You can see the desk drawer chalkboard here.
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Hi, Gail! I made a round up about different uses for drawers, and your was so lovely I included it. I gave credit to you, as well as a link back to your site. Hope this is ok for you, you can check it here:
Hahaha! You are the Queen of Repurposed-Life!
...and I'm your biggest fan. But I had to laugh-- cause You held onto that drawer as long as I would, before doing something fantastic with it.
This memo board... is fantastic.
Really great idea to re-purpose a drawer!!! I will be watching to see what you do with the desk top! LOL!!!
You are my kinda lady!!!! wish you were my neighbor! Let me know if you ever get a neighbor opening.. 😉
So amazingly genius!! You know how many old drawers I have sitting out in my barn waiting for some great inspiration to hit me? It's hitting and I'm pinning! Thanks! Would LOVE for you to share this over on Kammy's Korner for the Trash 2 Treasure Party if you get a chance! http://kammyskorner.blogspot.com/2012/02/trash-2-treasure-tuesday-19-plus.html
I love how you use every piece! I love the drawer, too. It looks great and it's so funtional!
Love Of Quilts
Gail, I remember this chest you made.I like it so well it is number 1 on my list of your projects...so much so that I would love to have one like it.
SCREAMING FOR CHOCOLATE
Gail, That is awesome. I will never look at an ugly desk the same way again. I have always wanted a tall set of drawers like that and now I know I can have it without much expense. The chalkboard drawer is very practical and cute. Great job. Can't wait to see what you do with the desk top.
Nice. A very clever fun idea. Great for a creative child's room. Will help promote creativity.
Now that is super cute! Way to use all your scaps! Another great re-purposesd project!
Oh how I LOVE this blog! Wish I had found it long before. Your creativity is so mazing and you willingness to take so many pics and share it all is so appreciated. Many Thanks!
You just never cease to amaze me ...
Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
this looks great, gail- love the concept because then you have a shelf, too, and a place to put the chalk!
Good Time Charlie
This is such a great idea!!! I have a ton of extra drawers and sometimes run out of ideas for them. Love it!
Thanks for the reminder on the guard, I took mine off and haven't put it back on. I know BAD!!!!!
Another amazing transformation! I like that it has a shelf to hold the chalk and eraser and to catch the chalk dust too--great work!
That looks terrific! You are the queen of the furniture upcycle! Love it! Thanks for sharing.
So cute! I love this & even a little ledge for the chalk. You are awesome!!!
Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic
I like it! 🙂
This is an amazing project. It turned out great.
Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
Oh yes I do love a great chalkboard! Very cute and creative Gail!
Tonya @ My Cozy Little Farmhouse
Gail, That looks great! (What is $$ Tree?)
Our Delightful Home
Creative idea! Thanks for sharing!
Full Circle Creations
I really like that the entire thing is a chalkboard. Love that you added the memo board! Another great project.
You are such a creative lady! I love the desk to chest re-do. That chalk board is awesome!
What a great project there Gail. Mine would say call Dad LOL, as he just reamed me out for not calling him for a few weeks LOL!
Such a cute idea...I love it!
Super Cute. Love the drawer Chalkboard.
Susan @ homeroad.net
Great idea Gail! You were very clever with the chalk-holder-ledge thingy! I love any kind of memo board! Great job!
I Play Outside The Box
Great piece. Love it!
Such a clever girl!!!