Upcycled Drawer Fronts Made into Decor

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If you have been following along with me over the last few months, you know I have the stash to end all stashes in cupboard doors. Well, at the same time I acquired the doors, I also received this dandy pile of drawer fronts. They totally have potential, don’t they? I mean, they’re good wood and perfect for making something fun. I’d like to show you how I chose to use my upcycled drawer fronts.Upcycled Drawer Fronts Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What you’re looking at is a pile of mostly solid wood with one MDF drawer front (the white one). My self-inflicted goal was to make use of them all at once. I felt it was a worthy challenge and one I was up to…I think. haha.

Assortment of Drawer Fronts Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

First, I place them on the floor to kinda stare at them, if you will, to see how they would spark my imagination. At first glance, the ones to stand out to me the most were the similar ones. I pulled them aside and decided they looked good fashioned in this shape.

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What would they possibly become, you say? Well, I’ll work through my crazy notions to show you where I went with this. I saw this funky conglomeration as art, as well as a functioning piece in an entry, bathroom, laundry, or bedroom, etc. All I needed to do was join them up and add some hooks. You know I love me some hooks! tee hee!

First, I used my Kreg Jig to add pocket holes to the back side of these upcycled drawer fronts.

Kreg Pocket Hole Jig to Join Drawer Fronts | prodigalpieces.com

See my configuration on how to make them sturdy?

Pocket Hole Joint Layout of Upcycled Drawer Fronts | prodigalpieces.com

Once connected, I added a few thin strips of poplar to make mounting them to the wall easier.

Okay, so now I have the assembly figured out, but the need a little design fun too, don’t you think? I filled the handle holes on the two basic fronts with wood filler and then sanded down with my sander.

Sanding Upcycled Drawer Fronts with Ryobi Corner Cat Sander | prodigalpieces.com

Next, I painted them both white for a nice contrast to the remaining upcycled drawer fronts I’m leaving in their beautiful wood state. Once the paint cured, I added an aged botanical graphic to the faces. One of my go to methods for this technique is using wax paper to print on, though you can use freezer paper or the back of a sheet of printable labels, etc. You can see my steps of the how-to in this post.

Applying Botanical Transfer to Upcycled Drawer Fronts Coat Rack | prodigalpieces.com

For this project, I wanted to use ferns. They give a fresh feeling and would fit the tall space I had to fill. Thankfully, my friend, Kristine at The Painted Hive, had all these wonderful free botanical fern printables I could use.

Now the image is on and once it was dry I sealed it with a Satin Poly spray. Then, all I need to do is add my favorite hooks,that I used in this post HERE, and a set of keyhole hangers to the back (these are great for holding much weight).

Adding Keyhole Hangers | prodigalpieces.com

I’ll show you the finished result in a minute. Before I do that, I want to show you what I did with the other upcycled drawer fronts in my stash. Next up is this white MDF drawer front. I found this mini crate and two wide mouth canning jars at the thrift store and knew they’d be perfect for creating my vision.

Thrifted Supplies for Upcycled Drawer Front | prodigalpieces.com

The crate has that “Made in _____” look, but it will suit what I’m after. First, I use my Fan Brush to apply a coat of paint of the same color I custom mixed for this upcycled chest of drawers.

Painting Ball Canning Jar with Zibra Fan Brush | prodigalpieces.com

After the paint cured, I distressed it a bit and set them aside to work on the drawer front. In order to make this into a shelf, I needed a wall mount and a couple of corbels added for support.

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Paint Drawer Front for Upcycled Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

For the wall mount, I used this last one of my upcycled drawer fronts by simply drilling pocket joints and attaching the white MDF drawer front on top. Then, I added a couple of mini corbels I created by cutting our scrap door trim. They are affixed with wood glue and a few brads using my nailer.


Here is my upcycled drawer fronts shelf all finished and ready to go with a new life.

Upcycled Drawer Fronts Garden Shelf Coat Rack Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #diy #farmhouse #homedecor #garden #homedecorideas #shopping

Vintage Style Coat Rack Shelf with Garden Fun by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #garden #home #diy #homedecor #homedecorideas

It all came together with such a fun feel. I’m excited! The shaker pegs add more function for towels, coats, garden tools, etc. I even spruced up a mini watering can I nabbed on a recent thrift store run. It fit my theme perfectly. Who doesn’t love flowers tucked in here and there?

Miniature Watering Can with Pink Daisies by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #garden

Pink Daisies in Miniature Watering Can by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #diy #homedecor #homedecorideas

Meanwhile, up on top the crate is filled with more beautiful blooms contained by my painted canning jars.

Vintage Style Farmhouse Garden Shelf Towel Rack by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handamde #home #shopping #homedecor #farmhouse #homedecorideas

Vintage Style Crate Filled with Painted Ball Canning Jars and Fresh Blooms by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #garden #homedecor #homedecorideas

Truly, can you help yourself from smiling when you see such pretty blooms? My green thumb is itching for some action. I just had such fun with this!

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Painted Ball Canning Jars for DIY Spring Decor Fun by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #diy #homedecor #spring #homedecorideas #handmade

Last, but not least, I’ll show you what that first project I completed with my upcycled drawer fronts. Here is my whimsical coat rack/towel rack ready to go.

DIY Upcycled Drawer Fronts made into a Coat Towel Rack with Botanical Design by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #handmade #homedecor #homedecorideas #shopping

Modern Farmhouse Coat Towel Rack with Botanical Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #handmade #farmhouse

It has a modern farmhouse feel and truly a soothing feeling with the wood tones and fern graphics. Don’t you agree?

Reclaimed Coat Rack made out of Upcycled Drawer Fronts by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #home #farmhouse #homedecor #homedecorideas

Botanical Fern Art on Modern Chic Coat Rack by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #home #farmhouse #homedecor #homedecorideas

Truthfully, I’m stoked with how both projects have turned out. They now have a function and are also great decor art too.

Modern Chic Coat or Towel Rack by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #diy #handmade #homedecor #shopping

Upcycled Drawer Fronts make for a Modern Farmhouse Coat Rack with Botanical Accents by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #diy #homedecor #handmade #farmhouse #homedecorideas

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Since I’ve been aching to fill my house with beautiful blooms, I couldn’t resist filling up my pallet center piece trough with them. My two youngest daughters cut and filled them and I think they did a wonderful job.

Rustic Farmhouse Centerpiece Trough Filled with Canning Jars and Fresh Blooms by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #flowers #diy #farmhouse #home #homedecor #handmade #homedecorideas

Spring Flowers in Rustic Farmhouse Pallet Centerpiece by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #farmhouse

Pink Lily in Spring Arrangement for Tablescape by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #garden #flower #diy #farmhouse #handmade #home #homedecor

Do pin and share my  set of upcycled drawer fronts projects to inspire others to try DIY. It’s fun and so rewarding.

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Up next, I’ll be taking this thrifted wall art and giving it a brand new life and purpose. See the AFTER HERE.

Thrifted Checkerboard Wall Art Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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12 Comments

  • Mary

    Larissa the hangers with the greenery stenciling has stolen my heart. It was such an unexpected idea!!

    February 21, 2019 at 7:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! That made my day, Mary. Thank you!! 😀

      February 21, 2019 at 9:08 am Reply
  • Jeannie

    How were you able to get drawer fronts off the drawere without the drawer backing it was attached to? TIA

    February 21, 2019 at 8:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They were given to me like this as they were new of a fresh install. Most often you can break them off and sand down the remnant too.

      February 21, 2019 at 9:08 am Reply
  • Sherry Stuifbergen

    Larissa, did you ever reveal your family room and your kitchen renovations? I am a faithful subscriber, so I don’t think I missed it, but sometimes there are email glitches and miss “episodes.” You put in a new ceiling, working on fire place, new flooring in family room. I would like to “see ” it! Thanks.

    February 21, 2019 at 8:58 am Reply
  • Debra A Wise

    Great transformation. Love the ferns on the coat rack. They give a tranquil feeling to it.

    February 21, 2019 at 10:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I felt so too. Everyone can use a little tranquil these days, right? 😀

      February 22, 2019 at 4:51 am Reply
  • ColleenB.~ Tx.

    OH WOW! How I love your coat, hat / towel rack.
    What an Awesome idea. Well done.
    Habitat Humanity here I come 🙂

    February 22, 2019 at 4:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! haha…you sound like me.

      February 22, 2019 at 1:56 pm Reply
  • Coolessay.net

    Fill your home with the best thing about spring: flowers! Whether fresh or faux, these DIY flower ideas will bring the botanical beauty of a spring garden into your home all year. From seasonal floral wreaths and gifts (hello, May Day and Mother’s Day!). Love all the colors and flowers ,you pictures are always very colorful.

    February 27, 2019 at 8:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the smile. 😀

      February 28, 2019 at 6:37 am Reply

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