January 16, 2011

Drawer Shadow Boxes

Vintage Inspiration IV

During my 38-year teaching career, I moved into seven different rooms on three different campuses. With each move, the desk that was in my first classroom came along with me.

I was 22 when I started teaching. The desk had to be at least 30 and had already suffered its first broken leg. It was one of those big honkin' things with deep drawers down both sides. It weighed a ton. When I retired, the District Office tagged it obsolete (and me too, I suspect). I got to take it home.

As it turned out, the desk didn't fit anywhere. Too Big. My husband also dubbed it "Too Ugly." Truthfully, it was in pretty bad shape.


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Weeks later, I walked into Pottery Barn and saw their mirror-backed shadow boxes. Returning home, I took four matching drawers out of the desk, glued one of the broken handles back on, refinished them, painted their interiors black, had mirrors cut for the backing, and hung them on the wall.

I just love those old drawers.


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I'm linking to
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday,
. . . off on my tangent . . . for Alphabe-Thursday's Letter O (Old Drawers),
Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday and
Dittle Dattle for Amaze Me Monday.
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25 comments:

  1. A very unique idea and perfect for Met Monday! I'm your newest follower ;0)

    Rainey
    http://theprojecttable.blogspot.com

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  2. What a wonderful idea! They look great!

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  3. Wow! Those are beautiful and you've been able to put the memories in a place where you can enjoy them.

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  4. Denise,
    Thank you for your visit On Crooked Creek today! Your sweet comment warmed my soul! YES! I love dishes! Was at our Goodwill today and made myself walk away from the dishes! None similar to mine! ! !
    I adore what you did with with the drawers. You're one clever lady! Stop by again soon,dear!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  5. Love this idea! I'm a teacher and love that you have a little reminder of your teaching days with such classic style. Just beautiful with all the little items you've included inside. Great idea!!!

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  6. I love this idea D...very clever !

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  7. This is an awesome post, I would really love it if you linked this up to Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage as well! Have a nice Week! Mary :O)

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  8. They look great...what a special memory hanging there on your wall! Thanks for stopping by my blog too...have a great week :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

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  9. Great job! I had the same desk and chair too, but they didn't let me take it home! They did give me the name marker off the door though. I have it is the side hallway!
    You are very clever, Denise! And good with the tools too!

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  10. How clever and what a great memory!

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  11. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

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  12. What a great idea! The drawers are perfect for the shadow boxes! Much cheaper than PB, I'm sure! LOL! You are very talented!

    Katherine

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  13. Hello Denise. Thanks for stopping by to say Hi!! Isn't that fabric fabulous!!! I bought it at a homewares store in Australia called "Spotlight" but haven't seen it since!!
    I would love some more of it myself.
    Suzy

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  14. Just delightful...I am a teacher close to retirement and wonder what I will do with all of the momentoes i have acquired throughout the years...Love what you did, very special!! Thanks for stopping by Pandora's Box - come again!

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  15. brilliant!
    clever and green and pretty and useful and memorable

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  16. OMG! absolutely drop dead gorgeous! and what a special desk to make it from. thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

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  17. Wonderful idea! I'm glad you still have part of your old desk. What did you do with the rest of it?

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  18. Thanks for the great idea!!!!

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  19. What a great idea. It looks lovely and is a perfect momento to the years in the classroom.
    As a teacher I made lots of moves but the desk did not go with me.

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  20. I love that idea! Now you can keep it with you for a long time!

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  21. I love that you figured out a way to re-purpose part of something that was such a big companion throughout your career!

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  22. It's amazing what mirrors will do. As a lover of all things wooden, I really like what you did with these.

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  23. What a smart way to re-use these old drawers. They add a unique touch to the room and look great!

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  24. Those look amazing! I love how you repurposed the drawers! Very unique idea for the drawers you love :)

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  25. What an outrageously clever idea!

    I love this tutorial and way to repurpose something you couldn't use and didn't like!

    This was an outstanding stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday this week.

    Thank you for linking.

    A+

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