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Something Old, Something New Part 2


When I first posted Something Old, Something New, I was new to blogging and I hadn’t even started redoing furniture yet.  I was just a newbie all around!

 I couldn’t have imagined this little drawer would end up being such a hit!

Although I pinned it to Pinterest back in September, it is just now bringing in traffic, and LOTS of it!  What a blessing this little drawer has been.
I was finally able to find a dresser I could steal the drawers out of, and so I thought it would be fun to do a tutorial, since last time I didn’t really explain what I did.
So.. here you go…
First, I found the ugliest dresser I could find… too bad I took the picture back when I forgot to use the memory card, so you’re going to miss out on that one!  Sorry!
This dresser was small, like REALLY small, in fact, it only had two drawers.
I painted all four sides of each drawer.
The top drawer I painted in ASCP Cocoa, and the bottom drawer in Old White.
Next, I taped my stencil onto the drawers.  I used a sponge brush to stencil the word “Love” onto each drawer.
After the letters dried, I distressed and waxed the front of the drawers.
Next, I added knobs.  If you are lucky enough to find drawers with neat pulls, then add them back on now.  If not, you’ll need to go on shopping trip!  Gotta love a run to Hobby Lobby!
I picked out some iron knobs for the white drawer and these sweet little white roses for the brown drawer.
Aren’t those precious?
Next, I grabbed 8 legs I purchased from Home Depot…

… and stained them using Minwax’s Dark Walnut stain.

Personally, I like to use a sponge brush when applying stain because not only does it hold a lot of stain, but it doesn’t mess up an expensive paint brush.  Oh, and you can just throw it away when you’re done… gotta love easy clean up!
After the legs dried, my sweet hubby pulled out the original screws that came in the legs, and then, using new screws, screwed them into the base of the drawer.
Once they were done, I added some beautiful pillows.
What do you think?  Do you have a favorite?



My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. I would LOVE to win a gift card from Hobby Lobby,,,what a great way to start the year! Hugs, Penny

  2. This little drawer is BEAUTIFUL! You are so talented, Claire. I just love it.

  3. So love the drawers! How creative! I’d by bathroom decor :)


  4. Congrats on such a great achievement (I forgot to say that haha)I’d love for you to come and enter the giveaway that I have going on now for $150 to The Container Store


  5. I would buy a few new canvas for my Spring projects

  6. I would buy more stuff I don’t need for my house;) love the drawers!!

  7. WOW…I love both drawers but I guess my favorite would be the white one, it just really stands out! LOVE the pillows too! Thanks for the chance to win a Hobby Lobby gift card, I could definitely use more knobs! HUGS!!!

  8. Love the Cocoa one and the pillows in it! Seriously!!!!

  9. Claire, those drawers are AMAZING!! No wonder this is getting so many hits on pintrest! You’ve given me a wonderful inspiration tonight…the possibilities for drawers with legs…thank you so much! And aren’t you generous to give away a gift certificate.

  10. LOVE the drawers!! I’d probably buy some material if I won the hobby lobby gift card!! :)

  11. I love the drawers! Of course, I have been looking on the side of the road for old drawers dice the first set I saw that you made!! I wanted one for books or cookbooks. Hmm…how would I spend money at hob lob? Fabric or canvas? Can’t decide. :)

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    • I love the white one and the pillows look good in all of them. I forgot to add Art supplies from Hobby Lobby! or paper, or knobs…the list could go on!

  13. I like both of them, but the white one is my favorite; i just love the knobs you chose for this!!! :)

  14. These are beautiful. Really enjoy your blog!

  15. Anonymous says:

    For some reason, the above was posted in my son’s name LOL…. Carissa Grayson

  16. Love the blog, and the drawers! If I won the gift certificate, ‘d buy some supplies to make something fun :)

  17. I love the drawers! I just might have to try that project. If I won the gift certificate, I would buy some glass paint and other paints that I need for my current project ideas.

  18. How cool!!! and a great way to upcycle something that might have been thrown in the trash heap. I’d definitely buy some stuff. Not sure……prob yarn or floss, or maybe some chalk paint. Thanks!!! and I’m your newest “liker” on FB!

  19. I would buy some pillows and stencils to do the drawer project! I love it! Great idea!!!

  20. What a fabulous idea!!! I have a dresser sitting in my garage that I was just about to donate to good will..hhhmmm I can feel the creative juices flowing…maybe use the drawers for what you did and the shell for something else??? Any ideas?

  21. I’m thinking I need some drawer pulls like you used in the drawer project…beautiful!

  22. so many dressers i see put out for trash. what a wonderful way to repurpose. going to “steal” this idea. thanks for sharing. love catching up on your blog.

  23. I would go get me some of those lovely drawer pulls! I have 8 old drawers in the garage that my DH wanted to save!

  24. Just stumbled across your blog…just ♥ those adorable little drawers! Such a great idea! What wouldn’t I buy at hobby lobby??…aka the motherload of craft stores! Keep up the good work! Halle :)

  25. What a really neat idea! I’m thinking I would get paints to use on my own drawer project

  26. Anonymous says:

    I haven’t been to Hobby Lobby in soooo long, I have no idea what I would buy, but I’m sure I’d find something cute! :)

  27. I am glad I found your blog today, all of your ideas are adorable. Love the drawer, I have dressers with broken drawers just waiting to be recycled. I would buy stuff to do this project with the gift card!

  28. What a really neat idea! I’m thinking I would get paints to use on my own drawer project

  29. I adore your stuff! Your pieces have given me a lot of inspiration and I am dying to try some AS chalk paint! :) I have several other projects I want to complete and a Hobby Lobby Gift Card would help get my buns in gear! :)

  30. So loved your drawers…..the artsy crafty ones…lol…your blog is refreshing, thanks for the instructions…..Hobby Lobby is whats happening…….especially since they have taken a stand….I am all for it………..but $20…..that is so generous of you…..but when I go to Hobby Lobby, it is useually several hundreds of dollars…….but thanks, your a genius…..! Emily

  31. Why don’t you let me advertise your site at my company Tripleclicks, I can advertise for FREE for life……

    Maybe you could make some money with us…..it is all FREE! Let me know if you are interested, I love your blog.

  32. Awesome idea! I have a few old dressers that are about to be drawer less!!! Thanks for sharing. I’m a new follower!

  33. Anonymous says:

    I love the drawers! I would use the Hobby Lobby Gift card towards getting a print that I have been holding on to for awhile framed so I can enjoy it on my wall!! Looking forward to my new subscription to your blog!!

  34. OMG that drawer beautiful I love it

  35. Gah! I love Hobby Lobby and I love this cute little idea with these old drawers. I will be on the look out now because I think it would be great to have one by our fireplace holding fire wood. :)

  36. What a fun project and great piece to add to the house. Must try this project. Thanks!

  37. Love this idea! I would give the gift card to my daughter-in-law :)

  38. Yarn! Yarn! Yarn! It is my new obsession!

  39. I absolutely LOVE this beautiful little dresser drawer tutorial. I am redoing my daughter’s room, and this little drawer idea is perfect for her French inspired decor. I am your new follower, and can’t wait to see all of your beautiful creations. Would love for you to follow me back at Maddiebella Home. I’m new to blogging, and am loving seeing all of the beautiful inspiration!

    Betty (Maddiebella Home)

  40. I would buy some frames for my photos and maybe some stencils to try out this awesome project!

  41. Anonymous says:

    I Love this ~ Thank you for sharing how you did it~ email bcarty2@charter.net :)

  42. I would use the gift certificate for craft supplies…paint brushes, paint, etc. Thanks.

  43. Tina Nolen says:

    Hey Claire….love all you have done this past year! I want to come see all of your beautiful things when you are working at your shop sometime soon! Let me know what days and times that you work!!!! When love to win a gift card too! You know me…love to craft!

  44. Love these! Great inspiration for some my “spare parts” : )
    Thanks for showing us how you did it.

    Jeanette @ Creating A Life

  45. Hi Claire- i just so happen to have a drawer that needs a makeover, and I have the same stencil that I got from Hobby Lobby… I just need some new bling so $20 would be great… Love your makeovers!!
    Susan @ Rustic ReDiscovered

  46. Hi Claire, I L.O.V.E this transformation…brilliant, so adorable – what a great upcycle! I have the perfect ugly old dresser in my basement, YAY! Pinned! Thanks for the great share! New follower! Cheers!

  47. Anonymous says:

    Pick me so that I can FINALLY get started on all of those Pinterest projects that I’ve been meaning to get to! Ha!

  48. Maybe some drawer pulls, didn’t know they sold them.

  49. This is a fabulous idea for re-purposing a drawer. We made from scratch one similar for our cat’s bed. Love yours.

  50. Anonymous says:

    Really cool. I like both, but if I had to choose it would be Cocoa. Thanks for the tutorial.

  51. Anonymous says:

    I love the drawers, but I really love the buffet? cabinet in your pictures..This is probably a dumb question, but what kind of wax did you use on the drawer? What a really cute idea you have..

  52. I love the drawers. If I had the Hobby Lobby gift card I would buy some cute drawer pulls like yours.

  53. Wow! Stumbled across you blog. Great ideas. Thanks!

  54. Oops…commented before i saw the question. I guess i would buy a lovely stencils and paint from Hobby Lobby. Really support their world view and positions. Refreshing

  55. Such sexy legs!! I love it!

  56. love it. I also Liked you on facebook to help you get to 1,000!

  57. i have quite a few drawers that previous to this post had no home… hobby lobby? what wouldn’t i buy?

  58. Great idea on the drawers! Thanks for the giveaway offer! I would love to stock up!

  59. Stopping in to pin a drawer or two, and might as well enter your giveaway as well.


  60. I love the home decor (like their wall plaques, pictures, etc.) at Hobby Lobby!
    I would love to do this project, though, so maybe I’d get some legs and drawer pulls.

  61. hi claire,
    i think this drawer repurposing turned out so sweet! such a great idea. i have the same pillow (1929 french linen)in last photo on my sofa. i’m pinning this idea as soon as i finish commenting. and as for what i’d do with a $20 gc from hob lob….spend it on knobs or letters (my two favorite items).
    and i’m your newest follower too.

  62. Just love these drawers! And the pillows inside them!! Trying to figure out how many rooms in my house I stick drawers in now. Thank you for posting!


  63. GREAT blog!!!! and I ADORE Hobby Lobby! Thanks for the give away and here’s to a lot more people seeing the cuteness you have here. :)

  64. Anonymous says:

    My cat has been sleeping in an old drawer. I’ll pull it out of the dresser and put these legs on it and make it look like a REAL snazzy cat bed.

  65. Such a fantastic idea. I swear there are so many talented people out there. Really love it.

  66. Ooops forgot the Hobby Lobby part. I was so impressed by the drawers. Well, since I’m at Hobby Lobby every Saturday, I’m sure I could find a use for a gift card!

  67. Anonymous says:

    I would store rolled up towels in an old drawer and put it in my guest bathroom!

  68. Leslie Wagner says:

    I’d use it to buy drawer pulls and paint so that I could make one of these! :-)

  69. Really cute. I would love some help with my weekly Hobby Lobby order.

  70. Who knew drawers could look so beautiful, Claire! Love the look in both paint colors. Pinning this! : )

  71. Claire,
    I love the idea! I also love your name… I have a 26 year old daughter with your name…
    I will be a new follower to your blog, found you at Feathered Nest Friday! So sweet of you to offer a giveaway!

  72. Anonymous says:

    Love everything about this post = thanks for the inspiration.

    Also – if I were to win the gc to Hobby Lobby what would I do? I’ve never actually shopped a Hobby Lobby so it’s hard to say, but I read so many posts’ where great treasures have been gotten at HL, I’m sure I won’t have any trouble finding lots of happies.

    Thanks from Darby/Floridaze

  73. Love this idea! This might even be a cool way to store the kids toys too! Or even making a footstool. Endless possibilities. Thanks for the inspiration! I’m a new follower. Hope you can drop by my blog too – http://www.restylerelove.com. Best wishes, Julie

  74. Omg I love the drawer. Great idea.

  75. Anonymous says:

    I would buy some white frames. lindajlue at yahoo dot com.

  76. I would actually buy some drawer pulls that I need for an old dresser that currently doesn’t have some. Love the idea for the old drawers!

  77. Kathleen McLain says:

    Love your work and love Hobby Lobby!! Would buy anything rustic.

  78. Great idea! And love the stencil! I use the same one in some of my projects too! As a matter of fact my most current blog post uses that “LOVE” stencil too! Gotta love HL!

  79. found you at Roadkill Rescue–love the drawers! very sweet looking. I have TONS of drawers. lol


  80. Very creative way to repurpose a drawer! Great job! I’m pinning this to my Fab-u-lous Furniture board!

    T’onna @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  81. I love this! What a great idea! I like your blog and am happy to be following you via GFC and looking forward to more fun projects!

  82. This is a great project! I have two old drawers just waiting fro a purpose!:) I love HobLob and always stock up on knobs.

  83. Claire,
    That is beautiful. I REALLY love that. I wonder if I can’t make one with a lid to hide toys. Thanks so much for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday.

  84. Super cute idea! Unique storage is my fav! <3

  85. These are fabulous, Claire! I love them. You do such a fabulous job, creative lady!! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. Have a wonderful weekend.


  86. Susanne Haring says:

    The drawers are adorable. This is my favorite project that I have seen so far using old drawers. I love the pillows as well you are so talented. I had to share this on my facebook wall. I would love to win a Hobby Lobby gift card.

  87. Fantastic idea, and so pretty. Well done!

  88. Claire – that is such a great idea and so beautiful! Great job! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

    • therusticpig says:

      Thanks Roeshel! Sorry there’s no link up… I took it off after that whole scare last week! I’ll be happy to add it back in now! :) Hugs!!

  89. Very nice & you gave me an idea for cat beds lol but I would use much smaller legs & stencil my cats names on them.

  90. Such a beautiful project! thank you so very much for sharing your talent! I will be hunting down dressers at all the yard sales now!!

    • therusticpig says:

      Ha ha!! It’s a super easy project, and very cheap… especially if you can find a dresser falling apart! :) Have fun!!

  91. Love, love, love the drawers!!!

  92. Tenngarden says:

    Too great. These could hold all sorts of stuff, blankets, comforters, toys. I have had great luck with painting the entire drawer, inside and out, and hanging on the wall as a double shelf, screwing the bottom of the drawer into the wall. U can wallpaper, decoupage and trim the inside of drawer to make it really unique. I love adding legs onto the drawers, though. This would make a great side table too!

    • therusticpig says:

      Those are super ideas!!! LOVE it!! Right now I have one by the entry way to catch all the kid’s shoes! Thanks for the ideas! Hugs!!

  93. Love this idea. In the process of saving the drawers from an antique dresser that can no longer be used. Theses will definaltely be part of my plan to keep a part of the past in our new cabin. Thanks for the info.

  94. Mary Stone says:

    Love your little drawer idea…especially if I can’t find an old crate large enough to and not to deep to put pillows into…who would have thought! I live in Central California and it seems to me from reading other blog post that people in the southern and mid-west states get better buys on things like crates and grain sack bags. I guess Californians just want to charge more…I find this is very true even in our thrift shops like Goodwill or Salvation Army. I’m 72 yrs old (soon to hit the 73rd) and I’m on a limited budget….wishing I could order stuff from states that don’t charge so much, but then again there would be the added cost of shipping and handling.

    Do you have a tutorial on the pillows? I especially love the ones with the postal graphics. Where did you find the material for those pillows. In addition, I also like the heart pillows…how about those?

    This is my first time posting to your website although I have been following you by email. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas. Oh, by the way, I clicked the button for the “home tour” and saw your beautiful ready made kitchen. Can’t believe that people passed that house up because of the custom colors. However, I can’t seem to find any other rooms of your home tour…can you help me out there…if you have posted photos of the rest of your home, I would love to see it. Warmly, Mary

  95. I think you may have started this whole drawer trend. I love it so much it’s being featured on the All Star Block Party today.

  96. Just clicked on these at the East Coast Creative’s DIY contest. I love your repurposed drawers and all your other DIY projects. Good Luck….I hope you make it :)

  97. Just found your entry for CWTS–so clever! Really great job! I like your style!!!

  98. Hi Claire, this is just wonderful. I have an old drawer right now in my laundry room I have been waiting to do something with. Love your website! I will be back for more visiting!
    PS Come by for a visit when you get the chance!

  99. Love this makeover! I featured it on my blog today!

  100. Hi! I love this project and experimented with it myself! I found my dog loved it, too! :) Just thought you would want to see my experiment with it… http://allthingsnewstudio.blogspot.com/2013/02/project-week-1.html

  101. Beautiful! I love them :)
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  103. Hi Claire,
    I just found your blog (II know, where have I been?!), and so glad I did. I absolutely love your style. Your furniture transformations are beautiful. I pinned these drawers. Cute pillows, too! Did you make them? I blog over at Altered Artworks, and would love for you to come over for a visit one day.


  104. Love how the drawers came out. so pretty!

  105. morninglorri says:

    Hi there, probably a silly question, but I just came across this tutorial — fabulous by the way. Why did the screws need to be switched out when your hubby was attaching the legs to the bottom of the drawer? Those little details never quite make sense in my head. Do tell.

  106. Claire, I just wanted to let you know that your project was linked up to my Trash Day (trash to treasure) link party submitted by HomespotHQ. I wasnt sure if you were actually a contributor to their site (like as we do to Hometalk) or if they are just using your info. I thought it was strange that they were linking you up to the link party. :) they have clearly linked all back to you but if you prefer, I can easily delete the party linkup. Just let me know!

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    I really like your project with the drawers . And I will definitely copy it..

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    Hi Caire, when you say you distressed and then waxed the draws, what did you use to wax them with? I want to paint a beautiful coffee table I just purchased on Craig’s List and give it that distressed look. It is currently a light – medium pine color. Thank you! Love your blog! you are so talented and its a plus that you are also my sister in Christ! God bless! Jenny

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