Grab 2 drawers & turn them into stunning decor that will have guests looking twice

Want a little more luxury in your home? A bar cart is one accessory that can instantly elevate the opulence of your living room, dining room or kitchen. This cart made with dresser drawers is proof that indulging in elegance doesn’t have to be expensive. By using upcycled materials, you can keep project costs down while doing some good for the environment.
If you don’t already have dresser drawers for this project, search for some at an architectural reuse center. These centers are often environmentally-minded nonprofits that sell reclaimed building materials or furniture for a low price. Another option is to check the “free” section of online classifieds for dressers that people are throwing out. As long as the drawers themselves are stable, a fresh coat of paint can transform worn-out wood into a polished accent piece.
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Materials
- Large dresser drawers, 2
- Screwdriver
- Sanding sponge
- Rag
- Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in “Elegant Teal”
- Paintbrush
- Minwax Wood Finish Penetrating Stain in “Golden Oak”
- Sponge brush
- Paper towel
- Painter’s tape
- Lumber, 4 pieces: 2-by-2-by-18 inches
- Wood glue
- Hand clamp
- Craft stick
- Caster wheels
- Pencil
- Electric drill
- Drill bit
- Phillips-head bit
- Short wood screws
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Instructions
1. Remove the handle from a dresser drawer with the screwdriver. Set aside the handle and screws.
2. Sand the outside of the drawer using the sanding sponge. Wipe off the dust with a rag.
3. Paint the outside of the drawer with “Elegant Teal.” Allow the paint to dry.
4. Coat the inside of the drawer with the “Golden Oak” stain using the sponge brush. Protect the top edges of the drawer with painter’s tape. Wipe away the excess stain with a paper towel. Allow it to dry.
5. Reattach the handle to the outside of the drawer. Repeat steps 1-5 for the second drawer.
6. With the sponge brush, coat the lumber pieces with the “Golden Oak” stain. Wipe away the excess stain with a paper towel. Allow it to dry.
7. Glue a piece of lumber to the inside corner of one of the drawers. Put wood glue on the bottom of the lumber and on the two sides that will face the corner. Clamp the piece in place, and allow the glue to dry. Repeat with a second piece of lumber in the next corner.
8. Glue the other two pieces of lumber inside the drawer. Put wood glue on top of all four pieces of lumber. Evenly spread the glue with the craft stick. Place the second drawer on top of the lumber. Clamp any pieces in place as needed. Allow the glue to dry.
9. Turn the bar cart upside down. Place a caster wheel in a corner, and mark where the screws should go. Remove the wheel, and drill guide holes into the marks. Put the wheel on top of the holes, then screw into place with the drill and short wood screws. Repeat, screwing a wheel into each corner of the cart.
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10. Your bar cart is complete. Fill with drinks and glasses, then enjoy!
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