DIY - Turn Old Drawers Into Shelves!

7 Materials
4 Hours

If you have any old or slightly damaged drawers this is a great solution! Check out the YouTube video or follow the instructions below!

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I started this project with two dresser drawers that I had leftover from a previous dresser remodel!
Using this paint remover, I sprayed it on the front of the drawers, let it sit for approximately 20 minutes and then scraped the paint away.

After removing the paint, I sanded the front of the drawers to remove any excess paint and to smooth out the surface to get it ready for the stain!
I measured the inside of the drawers and bought wood pieces that would fit inside the drawers. You can mix and match and do any type of shelving on the inside!
I stained and used this Poly on both the front of the drawers as well as the wood pieces that would act as shelves inside the drawers.
I used this chalk paint and painted the inside and outside of the drawers.
I put the shelving together with nails and secured it inside the drawers with nails as well.
I then just added some hardware on the sides to add more character and that was it!
Check out the video to watch me flip this dresser drawer and get a more detailed explanation!

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2 questions
  • Kim Seuferer Flynn
    on Sep 25, 2017

    I may have missed it in the video and/or the article, but I didn't see how you hung them on the wall? Are they screwed into a stud or did you use some type of hanger on the back? I am asking because I have been hanging on to some drawers just for this purpose. Thank you!!
    • Karen Kroll
      on Oct 26, 2018

      Lowe's sells a metal cleat for hanging large items flush to the wall. (See picture) They come in 18 and 8 inches long and will hold a lot of weight. I used them for hanging drawer shelves flush to my wall.

  • Luna
    on Oct 23, 2018

    the front of my drawers are wider and longer. How can I hang it flush to the wall?

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