DIY Desk-less Drawer to Rustic Decor

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I get so excited when I spot a good freebie, even if I have no clue how I'll use it - my husband might feel differently...but that's another story :)

I found this lonely drawer on a recent trip to our favorite furniture spot. At first, I just passed it by, but as it often goes, it just kept calling my name. I picked it up for a closer look and found that it was really well constructed. Plus, with those pre-divided sections and gorgeous wood grain - who was I kidding? We were meant to be.

vintage desk drawer entryway organizer before

The lock and arrangement of the drawer told me it was very likely from a desk, and the lock's inscription dated it to the 1968 Chicago Lock Co. It sat in our overflowing stash for weeks, until one day, when inspiration struck.Why not give it new life as an upright organizer?

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As a first step, I whitewashed most of the wood to give it a shabby touch and highlight the grain of the wood. The large upper section was painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite to create a chalkboard. Yes, ASCP makes great chalkboard paint! Just apply four coats to your surface, and skip the wax - done!

rustic whitewashed drawer organizer sections

The only semi-hard part was deciding exactly how to use all of those sections. I decided the smaller parts would be perfect for keys, and attached some hooks from a key rack we had lying around.

hooks from broken key rack upcycled

Don't mind the furry feet - she never misses a photo op :)

creating key rack adhesive small clamps

Ordinary chip bag clips make great clamps for small projects! Thriftiness at its best!

To turn the bottom left section into a mail holder, I attached an old bread pan with just the right amount of wear. A small galvanized tub from the thrift store made the perfect place to store chalk. Lastly, I screwed two eye hooks into the back and added a piece of sisal rope, and this baby was done!

desk drawer entryway organizer repurposed upcycled whitewash

At first, I envisioned it living in an entryway, but it really has so much potential. It would be perfect in a kitchen, an office, or wherever you need a rustic touch of storage and organization.

And speaking of rustic touches, I just love this cute little antique washboard I recently found! Just look at that perfectly worn, rusty goodness. Yum!

antique rustic washboard rusty



upcycled repurposed vintage desk drawer entryway organizer


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27 comments:

  1. perfect! Come link up at my link party http://www.carissamiss.com/2014/10/outside-box-no-5.html

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    1. Thank you! Will do! Thank you for the invitation!

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  2. What a wonderful repurpose of a lonely old drawer. Great project!

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  3. Thank you, Laurel! I really am so glad to know that it's been given a new life instead of going to the dump!

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  4. That is so cute. I have four sections of the PB wall organization set. It fit perfectly in our last home as "Command Central" but it is too big for any wall in our present home. I have it split into 3 spaces now. Your piece is so compact.

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  5. What a clever use for a potential cast off!

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  6. I LOVE repurposed projects and this one is genius! Thank you for linking up to Show Me Saturdays!

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  7. That's so kind, Lindsay! Thank you for stopping by to say hello!

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  8. So clever!!! Such a great idea! I'm pinning this!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party!

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  9. Love this! Thank you so much for sharing at Trash to Treasure Tuesday! I hope you come back again this week~

    Have an awesome day!

    Robin

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    1. Thank you! We'll definitely be back! I hope you have a great day, too!

      Stacy

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  10. I love finding drawers departed from their dressers and desks. What a great project! I love what you did with it. Thank you for linking up at The Handmade Hangout, featuring at Redouxinteriors tomorrow!

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  11. Thank you! I appreciate so much that you stopped by! :)

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  12. This project is awesome! I think I need to find me an old abandoned dresser drawer! Thanks for sharing over at ReLoved Fridays! I hope to see you again this week!

    Kelsey @ The Vintage Storehouse & Co.

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    1. Thanks Kelsey! If you do find one, let me know! I'd love to see what you do with it :)

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  13. Hello Stacy & Eric! I just wanted to let you know that I featured this project on my blog today. Thanks for participating in the Pin Junkie's 2yr Blogiversary Link Party (I was a co-host). I am keeping an eye out for a good desk drawer now! Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks again for sharing this project!

    Alyssa from endeavorsofagirl.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Alyssa! I'm so glad you stopped by. I really love your blog and can't wait to read more!

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  14. Hi Anastasia!
    Just a little notice that your rustic drawer is featured at Retro Re-Pin #15 starting tonight at 8pm! Hope you stop by to check it out and link up. We'd love to have you!
    Thank you for sharing with us!

    Robin
    @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations

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    1. Thank you so much, Robin! I'll definitely be stopping by!

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  15. I love it! That came out really great! I love making message centers and yours is fantastic!
    Susan Homeroad

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    1. Thanks so much, Susan! I'm so thrilled you stopped by! This is the first one I've made, but I'm sure there will be more :)

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  16. So many great ideas. Thanks for sharing. What White Wash finish did you use on the drawer insert??

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