Monday, July 11, 2011

What to do with old drawers…..


I was very blessed recently to go through an old house that was built in 1916, and take out what I’d like to have because they were tearing it down.   There was an old butler’s pantry in the house and there were some drawers in it that no one wanted, so I snatched them up. (I’ll show you what else I took out later)

See how large these drawers are! I got three of them.
what can you do with an old drawer
Wanna see what I did with them?

First I purchased some of these little wheels from Lowes….
rolling casters

I flipped over the three drawers and installed the wheels on the bottom, one in each of the four corners of each drawer.  (just look how well these drawers are made….out of solid wood too!)
installing casters

I wanted to use the drawers this way under my son’s bed, but all three of them wouldn’t fit soooo…… I did something a little different…

under the bed storage

I turned them lengthwise and just added knobs on the end….
I did paint them, I couldn’t stand it!
storage ideas

Here they are all lined up under my son’s bed now….
storage ideas
We completely eliminated the need for a dresser in his room with these drawers.  This is a great idea for a small room, whether it be for clothes or toys!  You could use any size drawers that you happen to find!
what can I do with old drawers

My son loves the convenience of having his clothes on wheels and not having a dresser in his room!
Have a blessed day!
Missy
I’m linking up t0:
Before and After party at Thrifty D├ęcor Chick
Best DIY projects of July @ Beneath My Heart

23 comments:

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Great idea, Missy! I've thought of doing that for my own bed to hold seasonal clothes. Would love to have walked through that old house.
Imagine the stories it could tell.

Blessings,
Sandi

Granny said...

That's a great use for the drawers. It's a shame that the hosue is being torn down. Those old homes have such beautiful detail.

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

That is a fantastic idea! My sons room is small and this is a perfect way to eliminate the dresser!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I was wondering what else you got from that old house...great use of some old drawers! Stay cool today!~Hugs, Patti

FairfieldHouse said...

Missy,

It is a shame another old house is being demolished. I'm glad you were able to save a piece of it and put it to great use. I could only do this if there was some sort of cover because 1)I have two cats who would love nothing more than claim another place to sleep and 2) my old house (like most built in 1800s and before) doubles as a dust factory while I sleep.

Your Friend,
Deborah

Sharon~heartsongs said...

That's great! It looks good and I love anything that saves space and gives more storage.

Shelley E said...

Great idea! :)

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

You lucky girl! Great idea. :)

gail said...

cool beans! I love old drawers! :)
gail

Marilyn said...

I totally love that idea! You are the smartest cookie I know. ♥♫

Mrs. Jones from the Circus said...

Great idea! I am totally a sucker for old drawers!

Gloria Fox @ Potentially Beautiful said...

Love it! Man, you are a lucky woman. I can't wait to see what else you got in that old house.

Pam said...

What a fantastic idea and would give me some much needed storage space.

Haven Conner said...

You are a so creative. I would never have thought of that...how perfect!!!
Blessings,
Haven

Linda said...

What a fun opportunity, Missy! The drawers look great, too!

Velma (Dawggone Cute Creations) said...

what a great idea!! Like others, I'm sorry to hear that the old house is being demolished :(
Now, what other goodies were you able to get?

Sawdust and Paperscraps said...

I love that you found a way to use something that would have otherwise been thrown into the dumpster/landfil. Such a smart re-purpose!

Pat said...

What a GREAT idea! Such a good way to store things you don't otherwise have room for. I love it!
Hugs,
Pat

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Oh my goodness, this is such a good idea!!! Love it!
Terry

Samantha said...

Hello! I was wondering how much the cost for each wheel is. I'm planning to do this with my old drawers x)

My Cottage Charm said...

Hey Samantha...the wheels were just 2 or 3 dollars for two. (at least at my Lowes) :0)
Missy

Michelle said...

I LOVE to see someone else who does things like this! Come over to Pine Needle Hill to see the pile of wood we got from a house that was being torn down. We are slowly making our way thru the pile, pulling nails. We made a tote from wood from the closet shelves. I have a garage full of fun :)
Hugs from Iowa,
Michelle at Pine Needle Hill

gina3 said...

That is an awesome idea! I've seen drawers under beds but not with wheels which makes all the difference!

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