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« on: July 01, 2009 08:10:54 PM »

I've got 5 drawers the same size and 2 smaller ones, but no dresser.  They are wood with simple rectangle handles. What can I do with them?

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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2009 09:47:40 PM »

Well, you could make shadow boxes with them.  Or put a hanger on the back and hang them to use for open storage of craft supplies.  Or you could knock them down and use the wood for another project.

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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2009 04:57:26 AM »

They might make good boxes for gardening; sorta "mock-raised beds". Now that I think about it, you could remove the bottoms of the drawers and stick 'em right in the ground - raised beds without having to build raised beds! If you don't have a lawn, you could stick them on a fire escape or a stoop.

You could also try building open storage units with them to hold your supplies, undies, etc. Find a way to attach sides and legs with maybe some 2x4s or somesuch (I can never keep my lumber dimensions straight; use a size reasonable to the weight of the drawers and the height of the unit you're building). You could paint the wood and line the insides of the drawers with some funky patterned paper to make them look nice. Try slanting the drawers a bit in the front to give it some dynamism. The only problem with this is that if you build the unit too high it will topple over (unless you want to go through the hassle of making cross-pieces, but for recycling drawers it doesn't seem worth it). You could build a larger set with three shelves/drawers and a smaller set with two shelves/drawers. Give yourself enough space between the drawers so that you can see what's inside and rummage through them easily, but not so high that the thing won't stand. I recommend putting it together with heavy screws instead of nails, just in case something goes awry. And remember that the bigger and heavier the drawers, the bigger and sturdier lumber (or, better yet, scrap wood) you'll need. Wider drawers will also be tougher to balance. [I think that this should stand...I'm considering making one myself, just to see if actually works.]
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2009 10:29:55 AM »

I just made shelves for the craft room, I have a couple more than shown.


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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2009 10:57:47 AM »

Thanks for your suggestions.  I think I may make shelves with them and line them with wallpaper samples. This months DIY Ideas magazine has a project on it.

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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2009 10:57:52 PM »

Take the front of the drawer (with the knobs/handles) and paint or decorate them to suit your taste and hang it on the wall for a coat, umbrella or hat holder.  You can always just hang it up for decoration.
The sides and bottom would just be leftover wood for a different project.
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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2009 01:53:41 PM »

I have seen under-the-bed storage made from old drawers. Attach castors to the bottoms and use the drawer pulls to pull them out from under the bed when needed.

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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2009 03:52:45 AM »

seal them for outdoor use and make planters, use them for under bed storage, paint it/repurpose it to be used as a high sided serving tray for parties. (like you could put a dip or three in the middle in an iced bowl and then surround with different bags of chips) Hang on the wall with the bottom of the drawer towards the wall for an extra shelf. Put legs on it and use for a little girls doll bed.


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