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Published on July 13th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell


Repurposed Organizer from a Desk Drawer

How To: Repurposed Desk Drawer

The previous tenant of the home I just moved into left an old wooden desk in the storage shed. It would be beautiful with a makeover, but it’s missing several drawers. I’m not quite sure what to do with it yet, so I decided to give a purpose to one of the larger drawers this week.

My roommate and I needed something to organize our jewelry, make-up, and perfumes in our bathroom, so I transformed the drawer into an organizer! Often times you can find random drawers at thrift stores or garage sales– instead of passing them by, you repurpose one into a handy organizer!

How To Do It:

1. Wipe down your drawer. Mine had a lot of dust/dirt on it and a sticker.

How To: Repurposed Desk Drawer

How To: Repurposed Desk Drawer

2. Use the smaller spaces for jewelry. I used one section for rings, one section for earrings, and one section for hair pins. The other larger sections I used for necklaces.

How To: Repurposed Desk Drawer

How To: Repurposed Desk Drawer

3. Fill it with other items you need. Here are some examples:

  • I put two small and colorful baskets that I got at a thrift store in the back corner. I also randomly placed doilies that I got at a garage sale– they give that vintage look that I love.

How To: Repurposed Desk Drawer

  • I love teacups so I used a tea cup from a garage sale to hang my earrings– it adds color and character!

How To: Repurposed Desk Drawer

There are so many items that you could use to hang jewelry on, organize make-up, or simply showcase your items. Be creative! Although I took pictures of my repurposed desk drawer in my room, I plan on putting it in the bathroom closet. It will provide an adorable way for my roommate and I to organize and showcase our everyday items. What would you put in a repurposed drawer? Share your ideas on our facebook wall or in the comment section below!

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About the Author

Hello! I'm Bonnie -- a craft nerd, musician, writer, furniture and vintage lover, crafter, and diyer! If you would like to learn more about me, I also have my own blog, Revolutionaries, where I write about more craft projects, furniture redos, and my faith! You can also find me on , Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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