Drawer Shelves

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There are many projects to be found, similar to this one, but it doesn't hurt to share another style or repurpose, now does it? :)
I found these very solid wood drawers at a country yard sale and got them for 50 cents each. Can't beat that!
They were old, to be sure, but I knew that some primer, paint and paper could spiff them up nicely. Here's what I did ...
drawer shelves
I removed the old hardware and will keep them for another purpose one day. These drawers are heavy and solidly built, but they needed to be lightly sanded, cleaned and then painted.
drawer shelves
I knew I could easily cover up those stains on the inside with some primer and either more paint or some paper.
drawer shelves
Here they are, covered in two coats of primer. I use Zinsser BIN 1-2-3 latex primer. One of the drawers looked a bit yellow once the primer had dried, so it bled a little bit. No worries! I knew that there'd be more paint applied and it would be fine.
drawer shelves
I used chalk paint on both drawers, Crooked Label (a company whose paint I just loved, but that doesn't exist anymore :( ) in "Calm" on the inside and "Moon" on the outside. I did two coats, but this photo shows what it was like after one coat.
drawer shelves
I then papered the drawer that bled through the coats of primer. It looked fine with the added paint, but I wanted something different for the bathroom shelf, where this drawer was going to be used. I printed out free graphic images I found online and used Mod Podge to apply it and then seal it. I also applied a couple of light coats of a spray sealer.
drawer shelves
It's nothing fancy, but this is at our cottage and it works beautifully! I love the added whimsy of the nautical-themed paper on the inside and it keeps things off the top of the toilet. I cut a piece of wood to create a small shelf, painted it and screwed it in on the sides, sinking the screw head a bit.
drawer shelves
drawer shelves
This is what I did with the second drawer. It is in our cottage kitchen and is a great place to display a few things (that used to be on top of our fridge which drove me crazy!).
drawer shelves
Like the other drawer, this was chalk painted, then sealed with a spray varnish.
drawer shelves
I had these antique looking glass knobs that I screwed into the existing handle holes on the side of the drawer for a touch of whimsy. I love it!
drawer shelves

Suggested materials:

  • Chalk paint  (Vintage shop)
  • Zinsser BIN 1-2-3 latex primer  (Home Depot)
  • Mod Podge  (Amazon)
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  • Kim
    on Sep 4, 2017

    On the bathroom one, did you fill the original holes from the hardware which ended up on the top? I have a BUNCH of old drawers, and I can't wait to try this! Thanks!

  • Drd26659692
    on Sep 5, 2017

    Since the front of the drawer is wider than the body of the drawer how did you hang it flush to the wall?

    • Marj MRC Creations
      on Sep 6, 2017

      I added a piece of wood to the other end of the back of the drawer to make it flush against the wall. Makes it easier to hang/screw into the wall.

  • Mpo29018383
    on Sep 20, 2017

    You did a great job! Very clever! My question is how to attach the shelf to the wall? What hardware did you use? Thank you

    • MommaPandaShell
      on Jun 24, 2018

      I've been wanting to do this project. You made it very different than what I usually see. Very BEAUTIFUL..

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  • MommaPandaShell
    on Jun 24, 2018

    Yesi am going to try it

  • Dalayne
    on Feb 3, 2019

    Great idea! I did it about two years ago for my spare bedroom- made for a cute display of pics and mementos.

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