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A Repurposed Drawer

One more item lingering in the garage was this drawer, it was a desk's middle drawer, the two towers of drawers on each side of the desk is another project I'm working on.

I had no plans for this drawer and I just wanted to take it out of the garage. So, after giving it a good look I decided to turn it into a tray/basket, to be placed on top of a coffee table or on my kitchen island filling it with fruits.
The dimensions of the drawer 21" x 19" and especially the how shallow it is, only 3¼" deep, made go for a berry picking basket look, those with a long handle.
So, the first thing to do was to clean the drawer pretty well and remove the little thingy to hold pencils and stuff.

Since the drawer had a really nice looking front, I decided to give a very similar treatment to the back of it. A left over piece of molding was cut to surround the back of the drawer. Before attaching the molding with glue and staples that thinga maginga on the drawer was cut off to make it flat.

Again, leftover pieces of plywood (14"x 2¼") were rounded at the top and attached to the middle sides of the drawer with screws.

After filling up the holes and crannies with caulking and sanding it pretty well, this is how my berry picking basket looked:

That big base was screaming for a sign. You can download them HERE and HERE. This time I decided to create stencils with Contact paper, instead of painting the letters one by one with a paint brush. Well, cutting so many letters took forever, my pointing finger was very sore at the end.  I think I'm going to stick to the painting the letters with an artist brush for my future projects. ;)

The good part is, painting is a breeze and you end up with perfect lines!

Once dry, the letters were distressed, I used 220 grid sand paper, the acrylic paint came off quite easily. After a good cleaning, three coats of clear Poly were applied to the whole base to protect the sign.

For the handle the most warped piece of 1 x 2 was cut to size and attached with screws. The handle parts and all the outside of the basket was stained.

Finally, in order to cover the holes from the drawers hardware, chalk paint was applied to the front and back sides.

So, I went picking apples. :)

Once Spring comes around I will be picking berries.

Or as a matter of fact, any fruit will be OK. They all would look really nice in this fruit basket!

What have you repurposed lately?

You can also check my Fall Signs from repurposed drawer sides HERE.

Or a pumpkin made out of ribbon spools HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Absolute genius! It turned out so pretty. I really love it!!

  2. FABULOUS Christina! I love this and specially how you placed the sign in it, that I will love to do on a tool box I found, it would be fun. Always so creative and with great ideas. Muy lindo visitarte querida amiga.
    Have a lovely weekend.

  3. You are just simply amazing! I would never have thought of turning that drawer into something this fabulous!

  4. That is an AMAZING piece of work, Cristina. So sweet and perfect for this time of year. Where someone else sees a discard you see a promise. Love it- xo Diana

  5. Once again thanks for the free graphic! I love it!

  6. You had great vision with that re-purposed drawer. It looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Que creativa eres Cristina ! Me parece genial haber convertido ese cajón en deshuso por esa preciosa canasta !! Me encanta esa litografía

  8. Super cute, Cristina and perfect for Fall!

  9. I can't believe the stuff you come up with. That doesn't look anything like that old drawer! Looks amazing.

  10. This is sooo great! I love it! Thanks for linking it up at Monday Funday. I'm sharing it on Google plus.

  11. Aren't you the clever one? This is much better than throwing the drawer on the junk heap!

  12. This is awesome. I really, really love it! The whole package is awesome, including the graphics!

  13. I just discovered your blog. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Who knew you could do so much with a drawer!

  14. Such a cute, creative idea! I love how you re-purposed the drawer with a brand new vision. Not many people would have thought outside of the box that way!

  15. It's perfect, what a great idea! love the graphics too.

  16. I LOVE this! What a darling idea! Would love to have you join us and link this up at the first Pretty Preppy Party this week (now thru next Thurs). Your awesome drawer project links up to 5 blogs! xx, b

  17. Now this is one precious tray! That shallow drawer is perfection! And your diligent ways with making it into an old sign... I commend you. It looks wonderful! Featuring this on this weekend's upcoming Party Junk. :)

  18. clever and beautiful! stop by when you have a moment:



  19. Wow, this is so awesome! Nice work!!! I would love for you to share this post at my Create & Share Link Party tonight (7:00 PM MST)! Hope to see you there :)

  20. I love this project. Fantastic idea. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Thanks so much for sharing this at our Salvage Style Party. Love it!! Just shared on my FB page too:

  22. Cristina I love everything about this project!! It's amazing and so perfect for Fall! I am featuring it on my blog tomorrow! Thank you for linking up with us at Get Your DIY On!!

    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

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