Monday, February 29, 2016

Old Drawer Work Station

When inspiration hits, a girl has to build. And even though I have had these drawers for a few years, when I spied in them under my work table I knew exactly what I was going to make.
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So I grabbed some 2"x 2" pieces for the legs, and some barnwood pieces for the top and started building.  The first thing I did was sand the drawers to see which colors would come out to make a leg color decision.  I bought these drawers at a type of Restore place.  There were some blues, light greens, yellows, and whites under the tan paint on the outside.  And the wonderful bakelite handles were a rusty red.
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I couldn't decide on a color so I chose to paint each leg a different color. I attached the legs to the drawers, screwing through the inside of the drawer.
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Next, I made the top by joining three pieces of hardwood (chestnut) together.  I had to use small pieces to join the one side so that the joiner pieces would fit between the silverware drawer spaces.
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I used hinges to attach the top to the drawer.  I love the spaces in the top drawer.
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I added a bottle opener and a hook to the side of the work table.
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The bottom open drawer is a great place for bigger, taller items.
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This would make the greatest bake table, craft station, bar, or island. Where would you use it?
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  1. Charming! It'd be perfect as a little side table in a craft room. You could store brushes & pencil sharpeners & whatnot in the top drawer & paint bottles, craft books & the like in the bottom one. Very useful indeed. Great job Becky.

  2. I am inspired to find some drawers and build this. Love the hinged top and the divided drawer.

    1. Thanks Audrey--if you have a Habitat Restore they often have lonely drawers.

  3. Great job in creating a wonderfully practical piece for almost anywhere! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love this! Great idea adding the bottle opener, insta-awesome right there.
    Your work station is whimsy, unique and soooo useful.

    1. Haha, thanks, yes a bottle opener is necessary on all work stations ;)!

  5. How tall did to make the legs?


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