Sunday, July 26, 2015

An Old Drawer Becomes A Starry Side Table

Hi, guys!  Here's a cute little furniture upcycle to try.  A starry, starry side table, made from an old unwanted drawer.

The backstory: I saved a bunch of naked vintage drawers from the demolished kitchen of my old adobe fixer-upper.

I've been daydreaming for a year about ways to use them, and these little side tables are the first project I've actually completed.

My favorite thing about them is the reverse-stencil effect, which shows some of the natural wood.  The circles on the large drawer, and the stars on the skinny drawer, were created in the same way.

The DIY: find some big paper stencils, and pop out the center shapes.  (Of course, you could easily make your own  templates from cardstock.  I just happened to have these big stencils handy.)  Stick them to the natural wood surface, and spray paint around them.  Here are my circles on the natural wood drawer back:

To adhere my shapes to the drawer backs, I used just a few bits of double-sided tape to loosely stick  them down.  Caveat: that wasn't a perfect method - some paint did get in around the edges.  For these rustic l'il tables, I didn't mind!  But for a crisper edge, I'd make sure to tape all the way along every edge.  You could also use removable spray adhesive.

Then spray paint like mad, covering everything that isn't a paper stencil shape.  For the little white table, that's all you need to do!  Adorable, no?

For the two-tone blue table, there's one more step.  I popped the stars out of a bunch more stencils, and laid them out on the surface to decide on placement.

After I marked the locations, I just used my star stencils and a pouncer (well, a piece of kitchen sponge, 'cause I couldn't find my official pouncer) to stencil my stars in blue.

Hope you enjoyed this one, let me know what you think!

I have seven drawers left, and a couple more ideas for later.  Maybe, in a year or so, I will get around to one of 'em.  For now, I must really try to talk myself into thinking about attending that meeting of Procrastinators Anonymous I've been putting off.

See ya!


  1. What a unique idea to use drawers as a side table! That, in itself, would be a great diy but you had to go a step further and add a stenciling technique to the mix! Wonderful! You go girl!

  2. What a cool and clever idea to salvage the old drawers of your kitchen and bring them back to life like this. Love your technique! BTW, I'm a member of that PA club.

  3. This is too perfect dear, simply the best indeed :) I love the color you selected.

  4. Fabulous job, just love seeing your creativity with home decor! Thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  5. Hey, Michelle! I haven't seen you online for a LONGGGGGGGGG time. How are you? Love that starry side table. 100% recycled. Yes!! I love it. Thanks for linking it up. Hope to see you again soon! ~ Hugs, Rose from London.

  6. very cute- how stable are they? Did you weigh them down in the back?

  7. Michelle, I love this idea! I don't have enough space in my new bedroom for a standard night table but this could definitely work!
    You could also use the leftover drawers as shadowbox shelves on a wall. Something like this:

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Amazing work! Great post!

    - Cielo