5 Darling Ways to Dress Up Old Dresser Drawers

Transform old dresser drawers into designer accents with these smart ideas.
By: Briana Mowrey
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Sometimes nothing but (nearly) instant gratification will do when it comes to craft projects. So, here are some super easy things you can do with old dresser drawers. Guys, you don’t even need the whole dresser. Less muss and fuss, but with all the crafting rewards! Don’t say I never did anything for ya.

Old Dresser Drawers = New Bathroom Storage

Contain Bathroom Clutter With Vintage Wooden Drawers

Contain Bathroom Clutter With Vintage Wooden Drawers

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Jen Jafarzadeh L'Italien

Photo courtesy of Jen Jafarzadeh L'Italien

This bathroom storage idea from Jen Jafarzadeh L’Italien could not be easier. Here’s what you do: Find an old dresser, yank out some of the drawers and use them to corral your toiletries. Everything is tidy, but still accessible. Genius, I tell you.

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Drawers of Lotions and Potions

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Old Dresser Drawers = New Stationery Solution

Small Drawers Repurposed as Desk Organizers

Small Drawers Repurposed as Desk Organizers

Here’s a similar idea. Instead of organizing your lotions and potions, swap in some stationery and stamps. Your correspondence will be top of mind and you may even get those thank you notes out in record time. Hey, it could happen!

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In an Hour: Add House Number Drawer Pulls

In an Hour: Add: Building-Block Drawer Pulls

In an Hour: Customize Drawers With Decals

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In an Hour: Use the Drawers

In an Hour: Turn Drawers Into Shelves

In an Hour: Gain Instant Bathroom Storage

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In an Hour: Turn Rubber Toys Into Drawer Pulls

In an Hour: Add Drawer Liners

In a Day: Add Paint + Vintage Pulls

In a Day: Wrap It Up

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In a Day: Paint On Cheerful Stripes

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In a Day: Give Your Dresser Retro Swagger

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In a Day: Wallpaper Your Dresser

In a Day: Outline Your Dresser

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In a Day: Add a Chevron Pattern

In a Day: Make a Chest of Dirt

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In a Day: Turn a Dresser Into a Chalkboard

In a Day: Turn a Dresser Into Open Storage

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In a Weekend: Turn a Dresser Into a Vanity

In a Weekend: Turn a Dresser Into Open Storage

Old Dresser Drawers = New Shelves

Wall Storage From Mounted Miniature Dresser Drawers

Wall Storage From Mounted Miniature Dresser Drawers

Dresser drawers can easily be repurposed as shelves and arranged in all sorts of interesting configurations on your walls. If you really want to get creative, adorn the backs with decorative paper or photos and add trinkets for a shadowbox-like effect.

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Drawer Buster

Jam Packed

Grand Stand

Smart Cookie

Changed Purse

Rack 'n Roll

Merci Bouquet

Straw Market

Old Dresser Drawers = New Dog Beds

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Photo by: Susan Teare ©Susan Teare

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Even your dogs can appreciate old dresser drawers. (Unless you’ve got a Great Dane. Sorry, Marmaduke! These pet beds are probably best for small and medium dogs.) 

Old Dresser Drawers = New Planters

Photo by: Image Courtesy of Kelley Coy/HGTVGardens.com

Image Courtesy of Kelley Coy/HGTVGardens.com

These beauties I spotted on HGTVGardens are just more proof that if you use your imagination and add proper drainage holes, you can turn practically anything into a planter. You can add legs to the drawers for some height or keep them right in the dresser or desk, if you’d like. 

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