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Upcycled Drawers Tiered Ladder Stand

It’s already the second Tuesday of the month which means is Trash to Treasure Tuesday! You’re always in for a treat when this time rolls around because my blogger friends and I work to bring you new DIY inspiration. Our projects vary, but each shows you what you can do with finds or what you have on hand. You’ll see their work below. Until then, I’m taking these curbside finds and making something with these upcycled drawers. Yahoo!!

Curbside Drawers and Ladder Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

During our city spring clean-up, I can always come up with the most fun potential pieces, like this underbed drawers set and this antique vanity. Also, I only “shop” my neighborhood or I’d have a bank barn full of potential by now. ahem. So, I spy these solid wood drawers with bin pulls stacked. Originally, I only want them for the pulls, but would donate the drawers.

Stacked Misfit Drawers Before Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com

However, then I found the patina-perfect ladder above and knew these two finds would make a great melding of “junk”. Am I right?

Before I continue, take a peek at what I picked up in one haul for one day. Also, notice I mainly grab lumber as we all know how expensive that is right now.

Curbside Haul Collage and Use by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Here’s the breakdown of my loot:

  1. bread box makeover
  2. panels we cut into baseboard for our girls’ bedroom remodel (coming soon)
  3. wicker table I fixed up and sold in my online shop
  4. an 80’s waterbed frame I already upcycled (SEE HERE)
  5. small tongue & groove shed door became my friends kitchen door
  6. dog-earned fence panels already painted white (YTBD)
  7. two patina-perfect plywood panels became farmhouse art
  8. the old ladder for today

DIY TIME

First, it’s time to break out the tools. I begin with my circular saw to cut off the damaged ends of the ladder.

Cutting Damaged Ladder Ends | prodigalpieces.com

Then, after that I use my drill and add screws to make sure those ladder rungs stay nice and tight.

Drilling Ladder Rungs with Screws | prodigalpieces.com

Next, I need to find wood suited to make support braces for the tiered stand I’m making using the upcycled drawers. All I have to do is look up and I see the pine supports we are not longer using as trellis’ in our garden since we installed the arched cattle panels.

Reclaimed Wood Stash from Garden Trellis | prodigalpieces.com

It’s already patina perfect, I just need to cut it to size. I don’t have a design plan, but rather am building to suit what I have to work with. You can see what I’ve built with this wood before in this post or the video below.

Video Tutorial DIY Antique Store Sign by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Here’s the near-end result. At this point, I just need to add the back supports to hold the drawers. Do you see where I’m going with this?

Asembled Tiered Ladder Stand with Upcycled Drawers by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

NEXT STEPS

Likewise, the drawers also need some attention. In order for them to fit and make most use of them, I take the top two apart and resize them to fit the depth of each shelf.

Taken Apart Upcycled Drawer for DIY Tiered Stand by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Then, I need to dress them up a bit, don’t you agree? That’s where I pick 3 neutral tones and paint each drawer, and also add some stencils and grain sack stripes.

Painting Upcycled Drawers for Tiered Stand | prodigalpieces.com

Adding Grain Sack Stripes to DIY Upcycled Drawers | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

ALL TIERED UP

Finally, once I finished dressing up the drawers, I’m able to assemble my build and see it all come together.

Reclaimed Wood Ladder Turned Stand with Upcycled Drawers by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #reclaimed #farmhouse #homedecor

Top View Tiered Stand Upcycled Drawer Assembled by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy

I’ve attached the drawers through the bottom using screws. After that, I lined each one with this repositionable wallpaper I use on a hutch desk that has a reclaimed wood look.

Paper-Lined Upcycled Drawers Stand Created from Curbside Finds by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #rustic

Numbered Tiered Drawer Stand Made from Reclaimed Ladder by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #reclaimed #diy

Also, for added whimsy, I painted up the fronts as well as the sides.

French Stenciled Upcycled Drawers Tiered Stand by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #reclaimed #upcycled

Numbered and Stenciled Farmhouse Style Tiered Stand by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #woodworking #reclaimed

I mean, who doesn’t love storage that offers style, right? I’ve tucked in my wool blanket, my feed sacks, and few bits and baubles that are not only functional but fun.

Side View of DIY Tiered Stand Ladder with Upcycled Drawers by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #storage #reclaimed

As you can imagine, I would love to keep this, but I have such little space in my home for our family of 8 that I am offering it in my online shop. There’s plenty of redeemed furniture, vintage finds, and handmade goods.

  • Farmhouse Style Vintage Tea Cart Table available at Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #shopping #furniture
    Vintage Tea Cart ~ $225

DIY Farmhouse Drawers Tiered Stand Built by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #upcycled #furniture

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While curbside finds are such a random thing, it makes the journey to grab, haul, and upcycle them all the more fun.  My goal is to inspire you to give your own creations a try. In addition, pin and share these upcycled drawers to inspire others too!

Left for trash this broken ladder and upcycled drawers are turned into a tiered stand by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #homedecor #reclaimed

Before you check out the rest of the Trash to Treasure gal’s work, make sure to sign up for my newsletter to see what I do with this vintage trash bin below. HEAD HERE to see. PLUS, you will get your FREE Furniture Buying Checklist and special discount to my shop. Now, head below to see what my Trash to Treasure friends have for you too.
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Vintage Wooden Trash Bin Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Also, more creative uses of upcycled drawers:

Don't toss those misfit drawers! Instead, build an upcycled drawers tiered stand for oodles of storage in your home | DIY details by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse #storageDon't toss those broken drawers. Instead create your own home decor. Tutorial at Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #homedecor #spring

Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    As much as I like puzzles, I could not solve this one…. But, of course, you did!!! 😂. Amazing feat and the final product is both adorable and so functional!! I could see a new mom using this to store items by a changing table….but, the possibilities are endless!!! 💕💕💕

    • Larissa says

      tee hee! I love it! 😀 I’m so glad you stop by and see what I’m up to, Rebecca. Thank you!

  2. Carol says

    I love everything about this project ❤️❤️❤️ Thanks again for your continued inspiration!

    • Larissa says

      How wonderful to hear, Carol. These kinds of builds always get my juices flowing and it’s so fun for me to share. Thank you!

  3. Mary says

    Such a clever repurpose Larissa! And it looks so pretty great for all of our clutter!

    • Larissa says

      haha…love that comment. We all have clutter! 😀 Thank you, Mary.

  4. Denise - Salvaged Inspirations says

    I didn’t know where you were going with this but I love it Larissa! I always look forward to seeing how you imagination works and how you ‘piece’ things together. Beautiful!!! XOXOX

  5. Niki says

    This is amazing Larissa! I have an old ladder in my living room I hang throw blankets on. It’s grey from being weathered from sitting outside for ever. My contractor gave it to me from his stash of cool stuff. The throws are grey, white and black. My couches are grey., and my new floor is pretty much grey. Anyway for that reason I like that you added some color and gave me ideas to jazz it up!

    • Larissa says

      You are such a kindred spirit, Niki! That sounds right up my alley. How fun!

  6. p says

    I love your creative carpentry !! So fun to see it come together.
    A fun piece ! I agree with another commenter… it Would be a great nursery catch-all !!
    p

    • Larissa says

      I just love building! 😀 It’s great therapy to create and let off a little stress. tee hehe. Thanks, P!

  7. Christy James says

    This upcycle is fantastic, Larissa! And I love the peekaboo pattern on the sides! XOXO

    • Larissa says

      You know I couldn’t leave them on the curb. haha. I’m delighted you like it, Christy. Thanks!

  8. Mary says

    Okay, well I got sidetracked by your wonderful post about garden trellises; once again you provide me with a solution🥰 I’m so grateful Larissa! Then I started back on my merry way with my day and later got to thinking, what did Larissa do with the ladder and drawers?? Oh my.. this is so cool! I have the old ladder, now will just wait for the drawers to show up 😜 This would work so well in our 3 season porch to hold games for game night. Wonderful design all around! 💕

    • Larissa says

      haha…you sound like me, Mary! 😀 Thank you for your endearing words as they mean so much. I love your porch idea!

  9. Sashi says

    I pass by so many things put to the road and I lwys wish I had a truck as I imagine the fabulous things I could create (Unfortunately I have a 12 year old sports car ( which is often occupied by one or 2 of my great grandkids and their car sets) I can only pick up small stuff. I dream of finding enough pieces to put together a chicken coop. Love reading of all your treasure adventures

    • Larissa says

      That car could be a blessing, Sashi. haha. I pass by so much too because I’m only one gal and there is so much waste out there. I often pick up to post it for free so it doesn’t go to the landfill at least, but that takes time and space too. Here’s to #trashure hunting! 😀

  10. Marietta says

    Oh my GOSH, I love this so much, my mind is running through all the things I have stashed and I think I can make me one of these! This is just the coolest refurb EVER.

    • Larissa says

      You go girl, Marietta!! That’s what I’m all about…have fun with it!

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