Create Super Cute Wall Storage From An Old Drawer

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$10
1 Hour
Easy

I needed just a little extra wall storage in my bathroom. I just couldn't find any cabinets that I liked. They were all rather boring also I'd rather spend my money on something else.

I then had a little Eureka moment when I realized I could transform an old drawer I had kicking around in my shed.


create super cute wall storage from an old drawer
I'd picked the drawer up from a skip (dumpster) a few months ago, just because I liked the blue handle.
create super cute wall storage from an old drawer
I also liked the chippy cream paint on the front of the drawer. Therefore I just cleaned the front and the handle up with soap and water and left them as they were.

I then sanded the rest of the drawer.
create super cute wall storage from an old drawer
To give the drawer an antique look I then coated the bare wood with a dark antique furniture wax.

To protect the chippy front of the drawer I used a clear furniture wax.
create super cute wall storage from an old drawer
Do add interest to my drawer I decoupaged the base with some gorgeous graphic whale paper I had found on amazon.

Cavallini makes other nautical themed papers with fish, shells, and lobsters if you want to try something different.
create super cute wall storage from an old drawer
I cut the paper to size and used mod podge to stick it down. I then sealed the paper with another layer of mod podge to protect it.
create super cute wall storage from an old drawer
I then made a shelf for the cupboard. I just used a scrap piece of wood which I cut to size and painted blue.
create super cute wall storage from an old drawer
To fix the shelf to the inside of the drawer I just used picture eyelets.
create super cute wall storage from an old drawer
If you need a few more detailed instructions you will find them on my blog link at the end.
create super cute wall storage from an old drawer
I love how my little wall shelf/cupboard turned out. To fix it to my bathroom drawer I just used for wall screws in each corner.
create super cute wall storage from an old drawer
create super cute wall storage from an old drawer
I love how my upcycled draw cupboard looks in my bathroom. It certainly adds a bit of interest and gives it more character as well as being handy.

I love using vintage graphic gift wrap in my upcycles. You should check out the Ikea Lamp I hacked with some map gift wrap it is one my most popular projects ever.
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  • Kat12065209
    on Jun 5, 2017

    Great idea! What kind of wax did you use to protect the painted front?
  • Jody Ritchie
    on Jun 10, 2017

    brilliant!!! absolutely love what you've done!!
  • Tami Stone
    on Jun 16, 2017

    Question, but not on the shelf... What color is your bathroom wall. I need to re-paint my bathroom (which is almost the exact color of yours). My leftover paint has disappeared, so now I don't know what color it was. 🙃 -- I love your drawer/shelf. Looks great
    • Debbie
      on Jun 6, 2018

      to paint match, they need a sample the size of a quarter or bigger, and completely flat.

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  • Candi Mathis
    on Jun 7, 2018

    Claire, I have to say, I absolutely LOVE this!! I’ve got an old drawer lying around and was about to toss it when I saw your project. Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve never done any DIY’s, EVER, but I’m happy to say yours will be my first!

    Sincerly,

    Candi Mathis

  • Susie
    on Jan 27, 2019

    I LOVE your whale theme!! Very cool!!

    • Paula P
      on Jan 28, 2019

      I bought that whale print and put it in a drawer, but I decided not to add the shelf because that top whale made me happy to look at and I couldn't bear to have anything cover it up. So now it's a "framed" picture on my bathroom wall.

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