What to do with a bunch of old dresser drawers??

One of my greatest small joys in life is finding furniture sitting at the edge of the driveway ready to be tossed out in the trash....yay for free stuff!   I jump out of the car and throw it in as quickly as possible because as fun as it is, it is still a little shameful to be grabbing something from the trash, and I speed home to use up some $5 oops paint.  This week's projects were these great dresser drawers, an old frame and this little dresser.


 This is a dresser I found and loaded myself :)  It was hideous, but solid.  It met my $5 ca of oops paint and some hardware I had bought on clearance a long time ago and some hardware the previous owner (of our house) left in a bathroom drawer.  I love the dental moulding and the top drawer is my fave for sure!  I'm using this as storage and a dumping place for things that are coming into and leaving the house.

I also made some display areas for all the kiddo artwork and photographs that have been piling up.  The first was a frame (from someone's trash).  It got a coat of paint that was leftover from the dining room, so it ties the rooms together a bit and then I strung wire in a grid, with curtain clips strung along it and attached the wire to the back with pushpins.  You could easily add more clips and more photos!

...and finally...the answer to my posted question...what should I do with a bunch of old dresser drawers?  I found 8 of them in the trash with no dresser frame, so I painted them (again...same gallon of oops paint and the leftover wall color so it looks like the drawers blend into the wall) and hung them as artwork display cases. 
There's storage space between the bottom two for a sketchbook and in between the two left drawers for stacks of magnets.  There are cup hooks that hold curtain clips (I had a bunch!) that hold the artwork. 

The drawers are hanging over a little "desk I made for the boys.  I found a cheap table and painted it my favorite brown/grey oops paint and then laid a $6 metal panel from IKEA's clearance section on top.  It makes a long magnetic tabletop for them.  I also made a second table near our entry with two telephone tables and another metal piece from IKEA.  I have no idea what these were actually intended for...I do like that you can see the "as is" written on the bottom when I take a photo like this:
If you were wondering...I still have about 1/2 a gallon of my oops paint left...and it also managed to cover this little bookcase ($1!!!)...and that little piece of artwork...that was a $3.24 Target clearance find that is worth every penny because it slips over the *hideous* thermostat.
...and yes...I had before pics of all of these things...no I don't know where they went... :( oh well!  The after is better, right?

Clever ideas galore are over at KELLY's KORNER!  For more of my alternate framing ideas, check out HERE!


you are so creative! I love these ideas!
Love this artwork framing idea! So creative and cute! Good idea.
Sofie said…
the wall decoration is a beauty! Love it!

All the best!
I love it. You could interpret this many different ways also...collage, shadow box, perhaps put some cork in the bottom for a bulletin board. Thanks for sharing.
the WildCards said…

I am SO doing this--thank you for sharing your fab idea!
Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara

Thanks for auditioning for American Crafter- good luck:)
{K} said…
Cute idea! Also love that green frame on the wall... I'm so going to steal that idea!! :)
Amanda said…
Oh my goodness this is ah-mazing. Seriously creative use of old furniture! Wow Wow Wow!

Great job!
Laura said…
You consistently impress me, my friend!
Laura said…
You consistently impress me, my friend!
Heidi Meier said…
How did you secure them to the wall?
Hi Heidi --

They are simply drilled through the back of the drawer into the wall and the screws were painted the same color as the backboard. The screws are covered 90% of the time with art!

If you wanted to do a cleaner job, you could attach the drawers together first (with brackets on the back), attach picture hangers and hang the piece as a whole.