Drawer tables are a thing, right?

Now, I am quite fond of the saying: waste not, want not, so when faced with a couple of redundant drawers, I was eager to come up with a new use for them. Left over from my now made-over sideboard, these two drawers were in line to become wooden planters for the garden, hanging box/shelves things, or – quite brilliantly – side tables. It was actually the Mr who accidentally came up with this idea when we first moved into the house and had nowhere to put a cup of tea when relaxing on an evening, and he turned one of the drawers on its side and rested his hot cuppa on the top. Because the drawers are narrow, they fit perfectly either side of the sofa, something I think we would struggle to achieve with shop-bought side tables.

I quickly came round to the new table idea – so, one rainy Saturday afternoon turned into another upcycling/makeover project and voila, these little gems were born.

A few people have suggested this idea is a bit mad, but I for one am quite proud of this reuse, and they match the rest of the living room (bar the horrible red carpet) beautifully. Who’d want to waste them anyway?

Take two old drawers like this one

Take two old drawers like this one


Paint grey – this is Warm Pewter matt emulsion by Dulux, which I used for the sideboard


Mask off stripes and paint two coats of colour. I went for Banana matt emulsion by Habitat and gloss white by Johnstones Paints to bring contrast and to tie the colours to the sideboard further


Once completely dry, carefully peel away masking tape to reveal the finished design


This one fits snugly between the sofa and some shelves


A great place for our side lamp (need a new lampshade – ideas please?!)

What do you think? Is this mad or savvy upcycling? The only thing I would change is to fill the holes left by the drawer pulls.


Upcycled sideboard

Inspired by good old Kirstie Allsopp, I have finally transformed my old sideboard (which I picked up for £15 at a local furniture clearance) into a practical media unit for the living room. I am loving grey and yellow as a colour scheme, so chose to do the sideboard the same. The Mr and I popped over the road to Homebase and picked up ‘Banana’ matt emulsion by Habitat and ‘Warm Pewter’ matt emulsion by Dulux. While the paint cost us more than the actual sideboard itself, the quality of the colours is worth every penny and I am looking forward to seeing what else I can paint to match our new piece.

To make room for our DVD player and Freeview box, I decided to take two of the drawers away (still trying to figure out another use for them) and painted the cavity in yellow. I continued the yellow on the inside of the drawers and left the rest grey. To pay homage to the original piece, I left the legs uncovered, as I really like the shape of them. After two coats and a few drying hours in between, I added some lovely ceramic drawer pulls from Pushka Knobs, which I discovered while working at The National Home Improvement Show last month.

What do you think of the finished result? All we need to do is drill a hole in the back for the cables and slide a shelf into the cavity to make room for more gadgets. I am really pleased at how this little project turned out – and it only took one weekend. Thanks Kirstie!


Project #1: Sideboard makeover

You may remember my post about losing out on the best John Lewis bargain sofa ever, but I must tell you that every cloud does indeed have a silver lining. I didn’t walk away from the furniture clearance in Warwick empty handed after all and managed to buy myself a lovely mid-century style sideboard for the neat little price of £15. Filled with the disappointment of losing said sofa, I plucked up the courage to ask the kind seller to give me a fiver off the £20 asking price and he said yes! You might say I am cheap, but you never know if you never ask.

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The sideboard would look great as a storage solution, dressing table or chest of drawers, but after watching Kirstie’s Fill Your House For Free last night on Channel 4, I have been inspired to use it as a media unit for the television we have yet to buy.

It needs a good sanding down and lick of paint before we can do anything with it, so the plan is to strip and prime it before the move and add colour when we have definitely decided what we will use it for. I would like to do it up in the style of the lovely Oliver Bonas furniture range that was launched recently and am swaying towards the idea of doing it grey with yellow and darker grey drawers. I may even remove one of the drawers completely and have it as an open shelf.

Mavis Chest, £515, Oliver Bonas

Mavis Chest, £515, Oliver Bonas

As for the handles, they will be coming off too to be replaced with some lovely decorative ones – I love the ones from Anthropologie.

Want to see the finished result? Tell me what you think…