So…apparently I have a thing for making use of cast-off drawers. There. I said it. I gotta tell ya that a fun adventure awaits when recreating found objects. Take this duo I came upon in the thrift store. They sat on the shelves for weeks, so I decided to give them a new purpose. Check out how they became my upcycled drawers tiered stand. Let’s get our DIY on!
It’s a good day when I feel like my time was well spent and I can look back and see all that I achieved – in big ways and small. I wasn’t planning on posting but once this week as I am trying to get projects around here done, particularly our kitchen remodel. But, I couldn’t resist the urge when I had this pile of vintage soda crates sitting on my step staring at me. And…when I had the idea to make a soda crate stand, I had to do it!
Can you blame me? When an idea hits, you run with it! I knew this would be simple to do and wouldn’t take much of my time. However, let me fill you in on a few things first.
It has been 10 looong months of working in our kitchen. My pots and pans are, for the most part, still in boxes. My laundry area has been a wreck as we waited for months for a plumber to show up. When he finally did, there were leaks
A few weeks ago I shared this picture on my social media, asking what did anyone think these items would become. Who knew it would be a repurposed snack & beverage stand? woot!
- galvanized tub or bucket
- any slat wood – pallets, fencing, etc.
- stand, table, stump
- Zep toilet bowl cleaner or any industrial strength stuff (Home Depot)>
- rubber gloves
- rubber washers the size of bolt shaft
- bolts & nuts
- drill & bits
- optional items: small piece of wood for sign, hooks, crib parts, paint, brass tee valve, plumber’s putty
In order to attached the tub to the stand and remain leak-proof, we pre-drilled two holes in the bottom.
Then, using thin bolts long enough to reach through the tub and wood, we added rubber washers on the inside against the head of the bolt.
Because the tub is going to be either filled with ice or water (for an apple dunking fest), I wanted to add a drain to make clean up all the easier – I’m all about that.
There’s a handy gadget at your hardware store called a tee valve. It’s made of brass and is threads into whatever you’re adding it to, while reverse threaded to allow water to be let out.
I just drilled a hole the same diameter as the large end of the tee and then added a rubber washer before threading on the nut to hold it in place on the inside. (the tee sizes vary, mine was 1/4″ diameter). A little plumber’s putty helped since my tub has a curved surface.
At this point, the beverage stand looked kind of naked and since I have a funky stash of hardware from past projects and junk runs, I dug through my goods and found these pieces off of a baby crib. You know, the parts that hold the crib rails in an adjustable position….look familiar?
Perfect as a snack holder.
Again, grab that drill and mount the brackets to the base for stability and to the tub so they have something to hold to.
Here is my repurposed snack & beverage stand all finished with a small artistic addition.
You should have seen my kids eye-balling that stash of goods because this type of “food” is rarely, if ever, seen in my house. When I asked them what I should use to take a photo, I suggested popcorn and apple cider. They obviously won out and sugar it is.
As the saying goes, “If you want it done right, you gotta do it yourself”. Ah well.
In the end I did let my kids have a bit, rationing so as to not create the biggest sugar high this side of the planet. They love it when I create. Me too.