Repurpose an old drawer into a serving tray. This serving tray is the coolest. It has sisal rope handles and shabby blue paint for a beachy look. I love a good wood drawer repurpose project.
Sometimes I just find bits and pieces of old furniture. That’s okay because I can always find a use for the odds and ends other people toss.
Take this drawer for instance. It’s nice and sturdy. In fact it’s darn heavy. It would be a shame to break it up for firewood or worse send it to the landfill. The drawer was a thrifty find from my favorite thrift/junk store. I was using it to hold those small bottles of acrylic paint but it has a better purpose than that. Those bottles can sit in a box.
Now the old drawer is a handy serving tray. How do you like the way I left the wood grain peeking through the paint?
The beautiful paint color has no name. The gallon of paint was on the oops shelf at Home Depot. I always check out the oops shelf at the hardware stores. I used this same paint for the Little Tikes Playhouse Extreme Makeover. The color reminds me of the beach.
I removed the wood handle from the drawer. It didn't fit the beachy vibe.
I painted the drawer inside and out.
When the paint was dry I distressed the drawer by hand…just a bit. I didn’t actually cover the drawer completely with paint. I wajted the little scrapes and dings shine and also some of the wood grain.
Next I drilled two large holes on each end of the drawer for the sisal rope handles.
I knotted and added the rope and…tadah! The whole project took about an hour. Allowing for drying time.
This is a project from earlier this year. The drawer was already painted and perfectly chippy. I just cleaned it up and added the sisal rope handles. You can see it here..Chippy Wood Magazine Tray with Sisal Rope Handles. You can see that these old drawers come in handy for all kinds of things. You could use them to hold your craft supplies, the kids coloring supplies, pots of flowers....
I bet you would love the weathered wood finish project I did. You can see it below....
How To Get The Weathered Wood Look
Wood Drawer Serving Tray
You can find the sisal rope on Amazon by clicking here .. Sisal Rope (Amazon Affiliate Link)
Thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy
Hi Kathy! i have this exact drawer!! Thank you for the inspiration because i was about to send it to Goodwill.
Perfect! The color is the best! (my favorite)
So cute. I love the color.
I love reading your posts early in the mornig while having coffee on the deck. You inspire me. Thanks
Thank you Lynette. You made my day!!
Love the sisal rope pulls…I’ve also been wanting to try Chalk Couture ..excited to watch and learn from you…
I made a couple of projects yesterday and will have the videos up sometime today on my chalk Facebook page. I love this stuff!!
I love this! Thanks so much for sharing this great idea! You have fabulous instructions with photos - This is beautiful!
What a fantastic idea and so very pretty too!
You must have been reading my mind! I planned on grabbing some drawers out of my hoard to make serving trays much like you did! I love the color and it turned out great!
I would have NEVER thought to hold on to an old drawer! Brilliant! thanks so much for sharing at Merry Monday!
What a clever upcycle! I love the rope handles you added. Thank you for sharing at #HomeMattersParty
I am a sucker for anything blue and I love this repurpose of old drawers! Great idea using the sisal rope for handles. Thank you for linking to Talk of the Town. You are our featured blogger for next weeks party, plus we are featuring this project!!
Julie @ Love My Simple Home
I always love your Thrift Store Décor makeovers. They are always thrifty, practical and oh so pretty!! I have to make this one 🙂 Thank you for sharing your wonderful creations!!
This is such a great idea! One of these days when I run across a drawer, I'm going to do this. 🙂
When we made 6 drawer dresser into tv stand I retrieved 2 drawers we took out on top. Been trying to decide what to make out of them, think a nice tray with one drawer and nice storage box for other drawer, love idea of using rope for handles on each end. Hubs was going to pitch them, no way. Will get out there tomorrow to sand them, get to work. Haven't done project in long time.
How is your hubs doing Kathy, no problems after his heart surgery awhile back? Hope he's doing well.
Always love your posts. Take care.
What an excellent recycle. Old drawers can be so useful. I also like the sisal handles.
Maryann @ Domestically Speaking
Love it! Definitely need to make one for my coffee table!
Adorable! Love the color!
Marie, The Interior Frugalista
Excellent way to repurpose an old drawer, Kathy! Love the color and the sisal rope handles?
Very cute idea and makes everything look neat and tidy place in a box.
One of my favorite drawers uses was adding legs and making it into a footstool!
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Such a great use for an old drawer, Kathy, and it will be so functional too. Love it!
This is super cute! Love the color you used and the rope is perfect!
I love your repurposed drawer Kathy! I recently tidied up the garage and stacked all of my drawers together... I lost count of how many I have.
The color is perfect!
What a great gift idea! ⭐️
Sometimes I need to be knocked on the head before my light-bulb goes on, so thanks for the knock. I need some bathroom bins pronto before guests arrive in two weeks, and I've got drawers!!! Clock is ticking, I've gotta start painting now so I get them done.