Repurposed Drawer Monogram Sign

Repurposed Drawer Monogram Sign

It’s my favourite time of the month again… time for the Thrifty Chicks project challenge.

On the second Wednesday of each month I join some very talented blogging friends for a project challenge, and with a different theme each time it’s really a lot of fun.

If you missed any of the past projects you can find them here.


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I’m so excited to see what my blogging friends have come up with for this month’s drawer challenge. You’ll find links to their projects at the end of this post. Be sure to visit and check out the fabulousness.

But first I’ll share my project with you.

My project this month is a Plan B, because I couldn’t find my Plan A drawer.

I either put it in an insanely safe place, or I got rid of it. Either way it’s not where I thought it was so that drawer project went out the window.

But I did find a cute little 8 inch by 7 inch drawer in my stash, and it was a perfect candidate for a makeover.

supplies for repurposed drawer monogram sign

Here’s what I’m using for my repurposed drawer monogram sign.

You’ll find a complete supplies list near the end of this post.


drawer knobs and flat end screws used for repurposed drawer project

I thought it would be fun to repurpose some drawer knobs in my drawer project. These brass drawer knobs are very heavy, and the screws that came with them were way too long.

So to attach them I’ll be using some much shorter flat end screws that I had on hand.

If you have the same problem you can buy all lengths and thicknesses of these flat ends screws at any home improvement store.


drawer knobs used for repurposed drawer project

Aren’t they pretty? The flower-like design really gives them a little something extra.


Spray Painting Drawer and Drawer Knobs

lazy susan used to spray paint drawer and brass drawer knobs

I took the drawer, the knobs, and my crafting lazy susan out to my firewood garage to give them some spray paint love.


spreading out heavy brass drawer knobs on newspaper covered last susan to spray paint

I spaced out the knobs so I could get at them from all angles.


spray painting brass drawer knobs aqua

Then I turned the lazy susan as I went so I could get all the way around the knobs with each of two coats of a lovely aqua paint and primer combo.

That color will go perfectly in my red and aqua kitchen.


Drilling Holes for Knobs Inside the Drawer

pencil lines around outline of drawer knobs for drilling holes

Once the spray painting was done I put the knobs in place inside the drawer and traced around them with a pencil, removing each one as I went.

Because the knobs I’m using are very heavy I have to screw them in place.


drilling holes in middle of pencil outline of drawer knobs

To drill the holes I eyeballed the center of the pencil outlines.

If you use light wooden knobs you can just glue them on and not have to drill holes in your drawer.

I had some wooden ones in my stash but they were too large for my drawer.


Adding Fabric to Inside of Drawer

hot gluing red checked fabric inside drawer

With my hot glue gun I glued the red and white fabric into the inside of the drawer.

If I was gluing wooden knobs on I would have decoupaged my fabric solidly in place so the knobs had something solid to glue onto.


hot gluing jute twine around inside of drawer around red checked fabric

Jute twine always makes everything better.


made holes through fabric with scissors where drawer knobs will screw through

I felt for the holes with my fingers and pierced the fabric using the pointed end of my scissors.


Attaching Knobs to Inside of Drawer

screwed from the back into drawer knobs in the front of drawer

I put the screws in place from the back.


flat end screw coming through fabric to hold drawer knob

And screwed on the knobs at the front.


back view of repurposed drawer monogram sign used knobs as the letter M

Here’s what the back looks like.

For some reason two of the knobs wouldn’t take the short flat end screws so I had to use two longer ones.

Because they were a little too long I just added a nut so they would tighten.


Supplies used for Repurposed Drawer Monogram Sign

– drawer
– drawer knobs
– spray paint, color of your choice
– pencil
– drill, and 3/8″ drill bit
– flat end screws, whatever size fits your knobs
– multi-head screwdriver
– fabric or paper
– jute twine
– scissors
– hot glue gun & glue sticks
– sandpaper, if you want a distressed finish


I can see this idea working for house numbers too.


Repurposed drawer monogram sign using spray painted brass knobs as the letter M

And here’s my finished repurposed drawer monogram sign.

Or so I thought. lol.


Repurposed drawer monogram sign using brass knobs spray painted aqua as the letter M

I decided it looked too new, so I grabbed a piece of sandpaper and gave the drawer and the knobs a slight distressing.

What do you think? Distressed or not distressed?

I can’t decide. lol.


Repurposed drawer monogram sign using spray painted brass knobs and red and white checked fabric 3

My M for McPhee drawer monogram sign goes perfectly in my kitchen china cabinet with my vintage Crown Dynasty dinnerware and my my childhood Santa who sits in the rocking chair year round.



Repurposed drawer monogram sign using spray painted brass knobs and red and white checked fabric 1

And that red pair of ceramic platform shoes is a fun salt and pepper set.



Repurposed drawer monogram sign using spray painted brass knobs and red and white checked fabric 2

Now I’m a gal who loves contrast when it comes to colors and textures. So the red and aqua, and the shape of the knobs against the simple red and white check, work for me.

But this project that can easily be customized to fit any decor style, depending on what colors, fabric, drawer, and knobs you choose.


Save this idea for later by pinning to your favorite board.

Create a unique monogram sign by repurposed drawers and drawer knobs.


Now be sure to check out what my friends did with their drawer projects.

Just click  below to check them out.

Adirondack Girl at Heart: Upcycled Antique Drawer turned Shelf
Lora B; Create & Ponder: Repurposed Drawer Wall Pocket
Little Vintage Cottage: Upcycled Drawer Shelf
Shoppe No. 5: Perfect Drawer Toy Chest

Thrifty Chicks Drawer Project Challenge collage


Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!



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  1. This little drawer is so precious. I adore how you lined the inside with the gingham and did the outside in the blue. Great job!

  2. Everyone had cute ideas but liked yours the best and is one I would recreate for myself!!

    1. Thanks so much Molly! If you do create your own version I’d love to see it. 🙂

  3. Your little drawer is definitely OOAK. I liked the distressing; it added a bit of “instant age” to it. I had to smile when I saw the drawer. I wallpapered a similar one and used it for dollhouse minis–seeing as it was about an inch deep, the minis were definitely narrow!

    1. Thanks Kathy! A mini display is a great idea for a small drawer project. That would make me smile. 🙂

  4. Easy peasy and oh! so cute! Another winner girl! All the other drawers were great too! I do love this monthly treat! Dona

  5. Karolyn Love says:

    Tuula, I actually smiled and said (out loud) “Aww, I love that”!!! I like the distressed version and it just fits so perfectly in your cabinet. Those red slipper salt and pepper shakers are so dang cute!!

    1. Thanks so much Karolyn! I think I like the distressed one better too. Good thing because I don’t have to repaint. lol.

  6. So cute and looks perfect in its spot.