Thanks to all of your for your sympathy over the computer I drowned in the bathtub and the photos that were lost on it. My husband was able to recover some photos, but some months are missing, and I’m still looking through them to see what photos are left that he was able to find since he last backed up the hard drive. I still feel pretty dumb for drowning it, but you all were such good sympathizers, I feel better about it now – so thanks! 🙂
When we first bought our house more than 4 years ago, the kitchen was very outdated, and all the cabinets were made of pine. We gutted the entire kitchen when we remodeled it, but we saved the glass front cabinet doors, and reused one of them in the remodel (you can see the full remodel HERE). I also saved a large drawer that you can see in the bottom right side of this photo.
I think I sold the rest of the drawers, but or whatever reason I held onto the largest one. My husband has had it full of tools, ropes and junk in the garage since the remodel, but I spotted it last week, and because of its large size, I thought it would make a great farmhouse cabinet.
The interior of the drawer had a lot of stains, but nothing that a fresh coat of paint couldn’t hide.
The first thing I did was get a piece of beadoard cut to fit inside the drawer.
I didn’t want it to look like a drawer hanging on the wall, so my husband cut some 3″ wide furring strips to frame the sides of the drawer. I use furring strips a lot to make frames for things, because it’s very rustic wood and is super cheap – like a couple of bucks for an 8 ft. piece.
I started out thinking I’d paint the whole thing antique white (you can see some of that color inside), but it looked way to yellowish to me, so I ended up only painting the outside and the frame pieces antique white, an painted the interior bright white.
I also thought about putting chicken wire or metal mesh inside the framed area, but decided against it so that what’s inside the cabinet can be clearly seen.
I put one of my favorite wire fryer baskets filled with fabric scraps in it, along with an old spice can, and a glass jar filled with candles. You can learn to add an image to a glass jar like mine has HERE.
There’s also a plant, a few old rulers, some yarn and an old pair of scissors inside the cabinet.
Right now it’s hanging above my antique cook stove. Once our bedroom remodel is done (which is still a LONG ways away), I may move this cabinet in the bedroom, but for now I’m loving it in the kitchen.
Since I already had the paint, it only cost the few dollars to buy the furring strips, so this was basically a free project, and I’m happy to see the old drawer returned to the kitchen where it started out! If it could talk, I think it would tell me it’s glad to be back where it started too, and serving a useful purpose once again!
Wanna see more projects we’ve done for our farmhouse kitchen? Click on the links below!