Sunday, July 25, 2010

Old Drawers=New Shelves

Old Drawers....

....to New Shelves....

I acquired these old drawers at an antique shop last weekend. Once upon a time, this is the sort of thing I would have tossed, now this is the sort of thing I see and can't live without. Go ahead, contact the show Hoarders, I'm going to need them in another week or two. I first eyed the drawer on the right hand side of the first picture, thinking it would be a cute place to store mason jars filled with....something (I've seen these ideas online). They didn't have a price and the lady offered me all three for ten dollars. I informed her I just wanted one, and to name a price, then she offered me all three for five dollars. I took the deal, and changed my mind about what I wanted to do with three drawers.
I like these drawers just as they are....missing the bottom, missing a nob, and chipping away splinter by splinter. I left them in their original condition, though I removed a little antique dust....they'll get enough of that at my house, they don't need to bring their own. I also added a few of the loose wood pieces on the 'best' drawer to the empty one so you don't see too much wall behind the drawer when I hung it. I had to put a few nails and glue in the square drawer b/c it was falling apart on one edge.
Once they were sturdier, I nailed picture holders on the back, and then went hunting for things in my house to fill these boxes, trust me, I have enough junk to fill 2,345 of these.
Just fyi...the drawer on the left houses some books my Mom gave my Great Grandfather (an avid reader) when she was a little girl. The Russian nesting dolls are from a friend (LeeAnne's) trip to Russia when we were teenagers. My friend Mary brought me the cross from Rome. The middle box houses a cross I bought in Mexico the first time I visited as a teen, the bell is from my Great....Great Grandparent's house, they used it call people working in the field for dinner. The last box houses a random candlestick floating around my house, a cross from a friend, and a Welsh Spoon from my friend Kelly's trip to Ireland.
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22 comments:

maggieann04 said...

I love it!

Jen said...

Looks great!

the thrifty ba said...

oooohhhh...im loving this look!

LaKeta said...

This looks great! I love how you arranged them on the wall and all the goodies inside!

Have a great night!

LaKeta

1luckeegirl.blogspot.com

Virginia said...

Very original! I love it!

Kim @ Frost Me! said...

what a fantastic idea!

p.s., thanks for all the blog luv!

hugs! Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
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Julie said...

What a creative way to display your treasures! I love it

Julie (Legacy Crafter) said...

those are really neat, love the crosses

Vanessa said...

Found you through Metamorphosis Monday and so glad I did! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it with us!
Vanessa
http://southerninmyheart.blogspot.com

Nana's Fun Stuff said...

Very cute! I like that idea :)

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Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

So cool what you did with the drawers! Such creativity to come up with this. You really scored on the price, too. Very clever.

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Kaysi said...

WOW!! What a great idea, I love it!

Patti said...

Great way to use these drawers...I especially like the one with the little books in them!

Chic Creations said...

What a cleaver idea. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

Steph said...

They are great! Love the grouping and the pretties you filled them with.

Kim said...

What wonderful little treasures. It's so nice that you were able to put memorable items in them.

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

I love the drawers used as shelves. I love anything out of the ordinary. Thanks for sharing.

Donna said...

I absolutely love your old drawer idea! I saw some drawers from an old sewing machine not too long ago at a sale, but passed them by, as I didn't know what I would do with them. Phooey! Thanks for the great inspiration! Saw you over at Beyond the Picket Fence :)

Robin said...

I love your creativity! Thank you so much for sharing during my Upcycled Awesome Linky Party.

Jerri said...

This looks really cool! Great idea!

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