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Jack and Misty Slater couldn't get enough of shabby industrial stuff. Their urban Chicago loft was filled with rusty pieces of metal and industrial age office furniture repurposed for everyday living. Jack had always liked the look of cold steel but Misty surprised herself that she too loved the look as well, the rustier the better. It was a far cry from the Country Blue and oak furniture she grew up with in her suburban home. Whenever her mom came to visit them, she was concerned that the young couple was having a tough time financially and assumed they had resorted to dumpster diving to find furniture for their place. She even offered to take them to Ethan Allen's to buy them a couple of nice pieces of furniture.

Jack and Misty would love to up-cycle this old metal tray...maybe to store their remote controls or use as a key ring/pocket change caddy. We think this all steel tray was a desk drawer organizer from a 1940s - 50s desk. It measures 17" X 5.5" X 1.25" tall and is divided into four (4) sections: two (2) 8.25" X 2.5", one (1) 12.5" X 2.5" and one (1) 4" X 2.5". The divided sections make if perfect for stowing remote controls or set it on a dresser/table to corral keys, wallet, spare change, etc. It is dark olive drab green in color with a nice patina of distressing from years of use.

As mentioned above this piece has some distressing including scratches, worn paint and some surface rust but no dents, oil, grime or major structural issues.

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Distressed Industial Desk Drawer Organizer Ready for Up-Cycle


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Material: steel
  • Only ships within United States.
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