industrial drawer upcycled

Who loves a good industrial style DIY? ME! This one is fun and super easy!
industrial drawer

Y’all already know that I’m a little bit crazy. I try to keep it all to myself in real life, but occasionally it just kinda creeps out of me. A few months ago I was in a parking lot and there was this old truck with a TON of scrap metal in the back. Since I live in the deep south, that sight is pretty common. This time, however, there was a little something aqua that just begged me to take a second look.

metal drawer patina

There were 3 of these industrial drawers. Have mercy. While I was gawking at them, the owner of the truck walked up and I offered to buy them. $10 for all 3 – score!
industrial drawer project pic

Then I took them home, unloaded them and looked at them for 3 months before I finally figured out what to do with them. Chalkboard…. the answer is always chalkboard!


First I sanded them down. Since I’m not a big expert on metal – I asked my BFF who is an expert at an industrial metal fabrication company. She told me to sand it down, prime it, and then spray with the chalkboard paint. So that’s what I did. I started with a coarse grit sand paper, then smoothed it out as best as I could with a fine grit.
taped off chalkboard

I taped off all the bits that I wanted to keep – you know all that good, chippy, yummy, stuff. Then I coated it with 2 coats of primer and 3 coats of chalkboard paint. Just the spray stuff – nothing fancy.
industrial chalkboard drawer And in a couple of hours I magically had a chalkboard. Seriously easy stuff.
patina on drawer I think I forgot to mention that before the taping, I clear coated the outside with a sealer to keep the rust off my walls. I’m forgetful sometimes. Ok, a lot of times.
industrial drawer project Currently I’m using it for my spring travel schedule… after June I’m thinking it will get moved to my new studio. Looks like between now and then I have a lot of packing to do 🙂

About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. Thanks LOTS for hosting!!! XO, Aimee

  2. Happy Birthday. That video was so funny.

  3. i’m absolutely smitten with this drawer – how fabulous – thanks for sharing and hosting such a great party! xo

  4. LOVE the drawer! so cool.

    thanks for the party!

    see you soon!

  5. What a great idea for a drawer! I love the look of it. Thanks so much for hosting. Have a great evening. Megan

  6. Thanks for hosting a great party. I love the peeps wreath.

  7. Thanks for hosting! Love that drawer!!

  8. I’m not sure what’s more awesome. That you bought scrap metal from a stranger in a parking lot OR that you transformed it into something awesome! Thanks for hosting!

  9. Wowzadoodle! Thank you so much for featuring my hotness and fanciness! I just happen to have an opening for a bff!
    Thank you for being the hostess with the mostest!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  10. Love the Chalkboard drawer and 3 for $10.00 was a steal! Thanks for hosting!

  11. Love the tray and the peeps wreath! If I made the wreath the peeps would disappear! Thanks for hosting.

  12. That draw is just brilliant…you are such a clever cookie :):):)
    very very creative…Sherrie from Simpleliving 🙂

  13. Thanks for the link up! New follower at -Kim

  14. Thanks for hosting today! I love looking at all the links! -Sarah

  15. Love that project, Gina!

  16. Love that chalkboard. Thanks for hosting.

  17. It is so neat to see all the different takes on chalkboards! Yours is great!

  18. Thank you so much for hosting this lovely party. Have a great week.


  19. Love the drawers! What a great find! That video was so funny..what a hoot!

  20. thanks so much for hosting this spectacular party my friends and congrats to Kelly for that FABULOUS wreath…miss Kelly is feeling under the weather — she is getting a gall bladder operation this week so i am sure this will cheer her up a little bit : ) hugs…

  21. Thank you for hosting!

  22. Thank you for hosting this party. What a turnout!

  23. Thanks for hosting!! 🙂

    Katie @ Little Becky Homecky

  24. Such a cool chalk board. Happy belated birthday, Gina!

  25. Oh, watching the video of Kerry is absolutely hilarious!! Thanks for hosting again this week Gina 🙂

  26. Love how the drawer turned out…what a great idea. Looking forward to checking out all the other projects!

  27. Wow I LOVE this project! Thanks for hostessing! xo Malia

  28. Amazing what you did with an old metal drawer~great idea.
    Thanks for hosting. I love to see what others are doing.

  29. Good Thursday morning to you! I have a recipe for DIY Organic Eye Makeup Remover. It only takes two ingredients-super simple and cheap. I love it, as do my little sensitive eyes! Thanks for hosting the party once again. Have a great week!

  30. Thanks for hosting! What a wonderful collection of so much creativity!

    Blessings, Grace

  31. Thanks for hosting! Just linked up! Have a great day!

  32. I love your new chalkboard!! I need to be a braver junk finder, and just ask! Our town clean up day is coming up and I have been known to scout the streets for what is going to be thrown out… can’t wait! t.xoxo

  33. Great metal chalkboard. Have you tried a magnet on it? First project I’ve seen like yours. Thanks for hosting.

    • Joy that’s what I thought about when making it – but just never tried it for some reason. Just did, though – and it works! Yay! Double duty rocks, huh?

  34. My first link up. thanks for hosting. I am new to blogging and hope I did it right 🙂

  35. Thanks for the link up! Love your chalkboard

  36. Thanks for hosting. I’m following via bloglovin’ 🙂

    – Adele @ Mammy Made

  37. this drawer chalkboard is AWESOME!!

  38. Love the drawer! Happy Birthday – my birthday was Monday!!! AND I posted a chalkboard spray paint project this week too (Chalkboard Chargers!)!

  39. Thanks for hosting 🙂

  40. What a great find in those cool drawers! The blue paint is amazing – love the new chalkboard. Thanks for featuring my Peeps wreath – I was in the hospital for surgery so just now seeing this!

  41. Talk about good timing! I have an old beat up tool cabinet that I was about to send to the dump. After seeing your chalkboard, I took out the drawers to repurpose 🙂 Thanks!


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