Learn how to repurpose drawers into a DIY bar cart with this step by step tutorial. This unique drawer repurpose idea is not just pretty but functional too!
I am excited to be partnering once again with the Power Tool Challenge Team on a special challenge this month – the reader challenge! And there are prizes involved!! See more at the bottom of the post!
The theme for the challenge is “Upcycle”. And I am showing you how I upcycled old drawers into a bar cart!
But first the story of how these drawers came into my life…
A long time ago, there was a daybed on the side of the road. My Mother in law and I tried to get it into the car but it was a heavy beast!
After struggling for almost 20 minutes, we threw in the towel!
But we salvaged whatever we could – like the headboard and all the drawers! That is how 4 drawers came into my life and have been waiting for me to give them a purpose!
In their new life, they no longer sit covered in dust in a corner of the garage but are a glamorous bar cart!
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What you need to repurpose a drawer into a bar cart –
- Old drawers
- 2″ x 2″ lumber
- 1″ x 2″ lumber
- Super FinishMax Extra
- Large HomeRight Spray shelter
- Paint in colors of your choice.
- Kreg Jig Pocket hole system (I also have a full tutorial for you on how to use a Kreg Jig!)
- 1 ¼″ pocket hole screws
- ¾″ square dowel (in case you have drawers like mine)
- 2″ Casters
- ⅜″ T-nut inserts
- ¾″ wood screws
- 1¼” finish nails and Brad Nailer or Hammer
- Gorilla Glue
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How to make a bar cart from old drawers –
Step 1 – Prep the drawers
Clean those drawers really well… you never know when they have been! Also, remove any drawer slides. Mine were bottom mount and left a little cut out at the back.
Step 2 – Make any repairs needed.
Fill any holes with wood putty and smooth out any blemishes.
If you have a cutout like mine at the back of the drawer, you want to cover it up because its now going to be the front of the cart.
Step 3 – Build the base
Cut out the 2″ x 2″ and the 1″ x 2″ lumber according to dimensions of your drawers and build a base using pocket holes like below. Also, you can cut up the long legs to the desired length at this time.
Step 4 – Paint all the parts
Time to paint! I painted all parts of the bar cart separately before putting it together because of the two color scheme i was going for. If you want to use one color, you can paint it after assembling.
I used the Super FinishMax Extra to paint. The best thing about it is that you don’t have to dilute the paint! You just use different nozzle sets for different material!
I used silver acrylic paint on the base and the legs using the green nozzle set. The acrylic paint went on super easy and smooth!
For the drawers, I used primer followed by my favorite Navy Blue latex paint!
Step 5- Attach casters to the base
How to attach threaded casters –
- Drill a hole into the leg using a ½″ drill bit. Make sure the hole is deep enough to accommodate the entire length of the thread on the caster.
- Hammer in the T-nut insert till it is flush to the leg.
- Screw in your caster!
Step 6 – Put it all together!
First, attach the long legs to the bottom drawer from the underside with a strong adhesive like the gorilla glue and countersunk ¾” wood screws. Then, attach the base to underside of the bottom drawer with glue and ¾” wood screws.
Similarly, attach the top drawer to the long legs too. I used wood screws from the top of the drawer. Drive them flush and cover them with paint to blend in.
I love the combination of silver and navy! I love it so much, I am in the mood to take into my office and use it store craft supplies where I can look at it all the time 😉
That’s 2 drawers down… 2 more to go… and that headboard too! Any suggestions on what to do with them?
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