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From Drawers to Shelves

Before we had even picked up any furniture, or had our work space completed, I was jumping the gun and was inspired to make something out of these old drawers! They had been cut from the dresser that we use as our main work bench in our workshop, and were just lying around, screaming for someone to pick them up and create with them.

So, that's exactly what I did. I'll be honest in saying that I found the idea on Pinterest, and didn't come up with it on my own. But the design idea was entirely my own! I decided to stick with the same theme as the decoupage dresser I refinished last month (click here for the link to that post); the off white paint with the decoupage on the inside. Here's what they looked like straight out of the dresser:


A little rough, right?



The first step in the transformation process was to cut part of the drawer front off using the table saw in order for the shelf to lay flat against the wall.




The next step is always my personal favorite, painting! I painted the entire outside, other than the back, as well as the inside with the same paint as the dresser we refinished, using Behr Premium Plus Eggshell Finish (Shea).  I also sealed the entire surface with two coats of Minwax Polycrylic.

Then I applied the decoupage. This was only the second time I'd ever decoupaged something, so it was a little difficult and took a little longer than I would have liked. It was especially hard since there were four walls surrounding the area where I was decoupaging, which restricted where I was able to reach.  Again, I used the same materials as when I decoupaged the old dresser.



After the paper was glued on, I realized the edges either didn't reach the corners completely, or they were slightly crooked. In other words, not my best work. But, instead of trying it again, I made the decision to add fabric trim to the edges. Not only would this clean up the corners, but it added some frill, which is always a plus in my book! I did this by gluing it around the edges with Mod Podge.



Although the drawers were turned into shelves, I added some simple drawer handles for some extra charm. This way it was obvious that we had taken one thing and turned it into something completely different!

The very last step was to add the hooks to the back of the shelves in order to hang them up. As well as the hooks, we added a layer of felt along the bottom of the back, attached with wood glue, so that the shelves would lay completely flat along the wall.

The shelves came out beautifully! They still look like drawers, but can be used for a purpose completely different. They'll make a lovely addition to any wall!

Thanks for reading,



Materials Used:

  • Old drawers  (repurposed from old dresser)
  • Table Saw
  • Behr Premium Plus Eggshell finish (Shea)
  • Minwax Polycrylic clear semi-gloss
  • Wrapping paper (purchased online)
  • Mod Podge (Michael's)
  • fabric trim and white felt (JoAnn Fabrics)
  • drawer knobs (Michael's)
  • Sawtooth picture hangers  (Home Depot)




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