I love our DIY Blogger Challenge. Especially this month because it’s “upcycle”. So, I have this repurposed drawers wall cabinet to share with you. When I showed it to cousin Terry, she said “Now that’s original”. After doing this junkin’ thing all these years, it’s hard to come up with something totally new that nobody has done before. I think I did that with this wall cabinet made from repurposed drawers!
Be sure to check out the other fabulous upcycles from my blogger friends at the end of this post.
Repurposed Drawers Wall Cabinet
Can you see the two drawers?
These two drawers were part of a huge hutch I got from Cousin Terry’s son. I’ve already made a lot of projects from bits and pieces of it.
Although the drawers are not shown, you can see that there were three drawers that haven’t been used yet. This is their time to shine!
Here are the drawers as I start to design how I want my wall cabinet to come together.
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Measure, Mark, Cut Drawer Down to Size
After removing the hardware (drawer slides) I use my combination square to measure and mark the drawer on all sides.
The small battery powered circular saw was perfect to cut the drawer down to size.
At this point I was so excited with my genius idea. But there was still work to be done!
Shelf For Drawer
Don’t you love it when you find the perfect piece of scrap wood for your project?
I cut the board to size using the table saw and the compound miter saw.
It’s just how I imagined it would be. This is the dry fit.
The same method was used to use the original wood to close in the back of the small (cut to size) drawer of the wall cabinet.
Add Drawer Glides
Small scraps of wood were cut to size to make the drawer guides that would be needed to keep the drawer in place. Again, I used wood glue and a nail gun to tack them in place.
Paint Repurposed Drawers Wall Cabinet
I lightly sanded the drawer fronts with the orbital sander.
I sure can make a mess with even a small project! If you look closely, you will see the magazine image that was the inspiration for this repurposed drawer wall cabinet. It’s on the far right of the page. As soon as I saw it, I knew that I had the perfect junk in my stash to “sort of” recreate it.
For smaller projects, I like to store latex wall paint in smaller containers like this creamer container. I love how easy it is to pour out small portions when needed, instead of grabbing a paint can opener, paint brush (drips) and hammer to close the can. Before I poured the paint in the cup, I made a mixture of water and plaster of paris so I could make my own DIY chalky paint primer .
The drawer was removed and everything got a quick coat of the flat primer I made.
Patch Holes with Drywall Mud
When the paint dried, I used drywall mud to patch the bad spots that were showing through the paint.
Sandpaper wrapped around a scrap piece of wood is helpful to use as a sanding block.
Spray Paint Cabinet Drawer Knob
I looked in my stash for a nice handle/knob to use. But there wasn’t anything that struck my fancy. So, I decided to spray paint the white knob. A small twig was used to hold the knob while painting—I stuck it in a flower pot of dirt to let it dry well. Then I placed it on the small drawer I made for the wall cabinet.
After a few light coats of paint, the drawer didn’t slide in and out easily. So I used the rasp to remove some of the bottom of the drawer. Now it works great!
Then I hung it on the fence to take a look at it, and decided it needed a shelf!
I used scrap wood to make a shelf, and painted it to match.
Small wooden cleats were glued and tacked in place to hold the small shelf.
Small Wall Cabinet Made From Repurposed Drawers
It looks great hanging on the fence, so can you imagine how nice it will look in someone’s home? Remember to think outside the box. When you see something you like, ask yourself “what can I use to make that?”
Now, be sure to check out the upcycled projects from my friends below.
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It's so much fun to give something a new purpose and a second chance in life! What have you upcycled lately?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.