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Drawer Shadow Box Shelves

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If you've been following along with us on our blog or here on Hometalk, you'll know the last furniture reclaim we did was our dining buffet - AND you'll know that we removed the top drawers. Well, you didn't think we'd let them go to waste, did you? ;)
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $5 Difficulty: Medium
  • repurposed drawers to shadow box shelves, living room ideas, organizing, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas
Unlike the buffet, however, the drawers weren't completely solid wood. Three of four sides were. So I painted them up with some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and placed the ugly ends together, securing them with mending plates on the back side.
  • repurposed drawers to shadow box shelves, living room ideas, organizing, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas
With some decorative paper and decoupage, I lined the bottom of the drawers for a fun pop of pattern and texture. Then to disguise the 'ugly ends' I stained a piece of wood trim and secured it to the middle of my 'shelf'.
  • repurposed drawers to shadow box shelves, living room ideas, organizing, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas
Then, I spent what felt like hours trying to decide *exactly* where to put them! We secured them using small white brackets and dry wall screws and anchors.
  • repurposed drawers to shadow box shelves, living room ideas, organizing, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas
And there you have it! Our up-cycled drawer shadow box shelves! I love the added depth they give our new living room gallery wall. For more on this project and others, visit our blog! www.diypassion.com - Thanks so much for reading! (And happy up-cycling!)

To see more: http://halifaxbloggers.ca/diypassion/2015/01/26/upcycled-drawer-shelves-january-diy-challenge/

Ask the creator about this project

  • Milknhoneycreations
    Milknhoneycreations Canada
    on Jan 26, 2015

    I love them! I wish I had drawers to repurpose now!!

    • DIY Passion
      DIY Passion Canada
      on Jan 26, 2015

      @Milknhoneycreations Aww! Thank you! Happy to inspire :)

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Jan 26, 2015

    Love these!

    • DIY Passion
      DIY Passion Canada
      on Jan 26, 2015

      @Hannah V Thank you! We are so happy with this little project!

  • Sherry Fram
    Sherry Fram Charleston, AR
    on Jan 29, 2015

    Awesome idea! Love the paper you used to line the drawers!

  • Jainam - Canvas Champ
    Jainam - Canvas Champ Greer, SC
    on Jan 29, 2015

    I really like the Decorative paper used and the way it looks in light. So gorgeous. Clever idea.

  • Nancy Gramm
    Nancy Gramm
    on Jan 29, 2015

    Love it! Just a suggestion: Something I read a long time ago, which made total sense to me and which it seems not even current decorators follow, is to have items face the way you want viewers to look. In your case, what that means is to switch sides on your presentation with both the nose of the horse and the bulges of the B pointing center because you don't really want the eye to go outside the box, do you? I'm sure there'll be a lot who disagree and it was so long ago I can't even cite my source, but, as I said, it made sense to me. Your choice, though. Best to you.

    • Kathleen
      Kathleen Wichita, KS
      on Jan 29, 2015

      Learn something new every day. Thanks for sharing.

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