Divided Drawer: From Workbench to Centerpiece

Divided Drawer from old workbench

Years ago, Mr. Fix-it picked up several drawers from an old carpenter’s workbench. He was interested in the contents and told me I could have the drawers! This divided one was my favorite and after several years of hibernation in the garage, I decided the old boy needed a makeover and should be my Easter table centerpiece.

Old drawer front with lots of character.

I just love the character and beauty of old wood. But I do want to elevate it’s status to indoor use, which involves a little TLC.

First I degreased the drawer with an automotive degreaser that I sprayed on. I rinsed it well and let the drawer dry in the sun a couple of days. Then I gave it a good sanding with some 100 grit sandpaper to smooth all the edges and get rid of the splinters.

Sanding makes such a big difference.

Divided drawer, sanded smooth.

The character is still there, but it’s a little more friendly now;) Then to bring out all that beautiful patina, I brushed it with 2 coats of Minwax water based Polyurethane, my favorite!

I dug through my stash of knobs and found a cute aqua floral one, but wanted to set it off with something special. I remembered this old bike pedal I had kept for a special occasion, and decided it would be the perfect compliment!

Divided drawer with junky handle

Divided drawer from old carpenters bench.

Do you see how the poly really brings out the beauty of the old, character-rich wood?

I decided some wood garden tulips I’d picked up at a garage sale would give this drawer a little potting bench charm for my Easter centerpiece. They were probably spray painted originally and needed a little sanding and polying themselves to please my tastes.


And to add some vintage Easter charm, I enlisted the pretty vintage fabric stash and trims I used for the Vintage Fabric Wreath I made a couple weeks ago {Here}. Boy, did I have more fun decorating these eggs rather than the normal Rit dye ones! I used fabric tacky glue to adhere the trims.

Large styro eggs.

Vintage trims stash

Easter eggs decorated with vintage fabrics and trim.

Then I arranged all the elements I’d been working on all week! I added a little raffia grass under the eggs and added 2 of the pansy pots I told you about the other day {Here} at either end of the drawer for some live texture.

Divided drawer centerpiece with springtime pretty.

Divided drawer springtime centerpiece

Divided drawer centerpiece.

I just love all those pretty vintage fabric eggs set against the rough character of the old wood, and the little bit of patinaed metal and pretty knob is the cherry on top!

I’m placing this pretty scene on my Easter table along with the Huck Towel Utensil holders I made {Here} and whipping up some nest treats to put in my Tart Mold Pedestals {Here} for each guest too.

I’ll show you how the whole table turns out on Monday!

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6 thoughts on “Divided Drawer: From Workbench to Centerpiece

  1. What a beautiful centerpiece! My 92-yr old Dad just made me some red wooden tulips – you’ve given me an idea for a great way to display them!


  2. I love it when something that’s been sitting around for a while finally gets its makeover 🙂 Nice job with these cubbies, Lora, and thanks for linking up your posts with us at Vintage Charm–

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