A repurposed drawer project anyone can do!
I found this wall shelf at the thrift store and my first thought was that I might be able to use it in the basement or garage. It was only $3 so I put it in the cart and brought it home.
After some thought, I realized I could get two pieces out of this old shelf! A pretty vintage-style table riser for my dining room table and a shelf for paint in my garage. I’ve yet to hang the shelf up but I did finish making the table riser and it came out beautiful! Below are all the details.
To transform this plain drawer into a stunning centerpiece, I went on a hunt for vintage drawer pulls to replace those ugly wooden knobs. I found these at the antique store!
If see an old wood drawer by the side of the road or run across one at the thrift store, consider repurposing it into something amazing. Below are the steps I took to transform this old drawer into a beautiful footed table riser.
How to Turn an Old Drawer into a Footed Table Riser
To get started on this project, I decided to secure the wood feet first with wood glue, and long wood screws.
Next, I sanded just the drawer front with 320-grit sandpaper.
After sanding, I wiped the drawer down and primed the front with Dixie Belle BOSS Paint Primer. You can find it at most antique stores or here on Amazon. This primer is great at preventing color bleed-through that can ruin the paint finish later. It’s a good step to take especially when trying to cover dark or orange stains.
Once the primer was dry to the touch, I used wood glue, a heavy iron, and clamps to set my applique in place.
The Next Morning It Was Time To Paint
I had a change of heart the next morning. I was going to paint the entire riser with Dixie Belle Mineral Paint in Stormy Seas, but at the last minute I decided to paint the feet Caviar to match the drawer pulls.
As a final step, I applied General Finishes Matte Topcoat in matte to protect the paint layer. Feel free to use any topcoat you have on hand like wax or polyurethane.
I love how this little riser came out and I hope this repurposed drawer project gave you inspiration for your next project. For more upcycling ideas, check out the links below or Click here to sign up for my weekly newsletter to stay up on the latest!
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