When we finally got rid of our waterbed, I was left with a pedestal which included a dozen drawers. I couldn’t stand to see them go to waste, so here are a few examples of what they became. As for the rest of the waterbed frame, stay tuned for what became of it.

Plate display shelving from drawers

Plate display shelving from drawers

This plate display shelving was assembled using four drawers and trimmed out with 1×2’s.  It was painted off-white, antiqued, and then I stenciled lines along the outside front trim.  The checkered pattern on the back is scrapbook paper.

Display shelves from drawers

Display shelves from drawers

For this piece, I left the drawer fronts on and didn’t use any trim. It is handy shelving for my kitchen and takes up very little wall space.  This one was painted white and antiqued, and the back is red and white stripe wallpaper.


Arrow cabinet made from drawers

Arrow cabinet

This small cabinet was made from 2 drawers, screwed together and trimmed out with 1×2’s.  I added two extra shelves made from scrap lumber.  The door was constructed entirely from 1×2’s and screen mesh was stapled to the inside.  I painted it white, attached an old door latch and recycled hinges, and lined the back in herringbone shelving paper.



These are just a few of the simple, inexpensive things that you can do with your old drawers.