30+ Upcycling Ideas for Dresser Drawers or Storage Drawers

30+ Upcycling Ideas for Dresser Drawers or Storage Drawers

Wooden drawers- no matter where they come from- are full of repurposing and upcycling potential. Whether they are from a vintage dresser, a sewing cabinet, a library card catalog, or something else entirely, there are endless shapes and sizes. And if you think about it, wooden drawers are a ready-built box or crate just waiting to be refurbished in a new and unexpected way!

I’m certainly no stranger to upcycling drawers, either. One of my favorite projects using drawers is my craft paint storage, which I use all the time.

Craft paint storage in wooden drawers for craft room organization

I tend to find random, salvaged drawers at my local Habitat ReStores stores…and occasionally on the curb during trash day! And from organizers, to pet beds and home decor, upcycled drawers are DEFINITELY one of my favorite things.

I’m always amazed when people throw out drawers from old furniture or a kitchen remodel! Because they can truly be repurposed in so many useful ways.

Since I always gravitate towards wood pieces to repurpose, drawers are a natural fit for me. You can paint them, deconstruct them, add/remove hardware, decoupage them. etc.

Or turn them into a portable potting bench, like this!

portable potting table from a dresser drawer

Just like cutting boards and picture frames, drawers are very much a blank slate that are ideal for repurposing and upcycling ideas.

So, I’ve assembled a few of my favorite upcycling ideas for drawers from upcycling bloggers like myself to inspire you to work with your own repurposed drawers!

Upcycling Ideas for Repurposed Drawers or Wooden Drawers

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So, what do you think- aren’t repurposed drawers something you need in your life? Especially since there are SO MANY organization and storage ideas with dresser drawers.

Such as turning them into rustic wooden crates, like I did.

Rustic wooden crates from old drawers for vintage farmhouse decor

And who couldn’t use a little more of that in their life?

If you enjoyed these upcycling ideas for upcycled drawers, then you’ll love this industrial bedside table that was made from old VHS tape storage cases!

industrial side table from vhs storage

AND I’m so excited to announce that my first book is now available! If you love working with flannel or fabric crafts in general (sewing and non-sewing), then you will LOVE “Crafting with Flannel”!

Craft book on flannel fabric

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. I see at least two I want to do! Thank you for the inspiration. How about doing a cabinet door round up next? ?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Hahaha, you have a little psychic-ness happening! My Thursday project involves a cabinet door- and YES, I definitely plan to do a cabinet door round-up in the future. 🙂 😉

  2. Kathy A. says

    Thanx for getting these all together for us; makes it easier to find some inspiration when they are all in one place!

  3. Judy Bennett says

    Awesome. Thanks. Saw several I want to try.

  4. How much fun looking at these idea!

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