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Alicia W
Alicia W
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  • Middletown, PA

Dresser Drawer Into Shelf

8 Materials
$20
2 Days
Easy

I have two dresser drawers that I'm not using and I didn't want to throw them away. I decided to make shelves out of them.
dresser drawer into shelf
The drawers are in good shape and have unique wooden face plates.
dresser drawer into shelf
Drawer No. 1

Step 1: Sand drawer
I sanded the drawer inside and out

Step 2: Prime inside
I primed the inside of the drawer bottom and all sides

Step 3: Paint inside
After the primer had dried, I painted a dark gray. Once the gray dried, I wanted a darker color so I used Old Fashion Milk Paint in "Pitch Black".
dresser drawer into shelf
Step 4: Wax inside
Once the inside paint was dry, I waxed the sides.

Step 5: Add poster board
A - I measured the width of the inside of the drawer
B - Using a piece of printed poster board,
C - I flipped the poster board on it back, measured and cut to size
D - I sprayed adhesive to the inside bottom of the drawer,
E - I applied the poster board and smoothed it flat
dresser drawer into shelf
Step 6: Stain outside
The front, sides and back of the drawer were stained with Minwax "Early American".

Step 7: Wax outside
The entire outside of the drawer was waxed.

Step 8: Add drawer pulls
Once everything was dry, I added the drawer pulls.
dresser drawer into shelf
Step 9: Add hanger
I added a canvas flush mount canvas hanger onto the back of the drawer at the top.
dresser drawer into shelf
I love the way this shelf looks in my hallway.
dresser drawer into shelf
Turning the drawer horizontally, it could be used in your bathroom
or your kitchen.
dresser drawer into shelf
Drawer No. 2

Step 1: Sand drawer
I sanded the drawer inside and out

Step 2: Stain inside
I stained the inside bottom and sides. I used Minwax "Early American".
dresser drawer into shelf
Step 3: Stencil inside
Once the stain had dried, I stenciled the inside bottom and sides of the drawer. I used Waverly chalk paint in "Celery".

Step 4: Wax Inside
Once the stencil paint was dry, I waxed the inside of the drawer.
dresser drawer into shelf
Step 5: Paint outside
I painted the outside of this drawer using the same paint that I used to stencil the inside of the drawer, Waverly chalk paint in "Celery".

Step 6: Wax outside
Once the paint was dried, I waxed the entire outside of the drawer.

Step 7: Add drawer pulls
Once everything was dry, I added the drawer pulls.
dresser drawer into shelf
Step 8: Adding a shelf

A - I measured the width of the inside of the drawer,
B - I cut a pieces of 1"x 8" pine
C - After staining the board, I placed it in the middle of the drawer
D - I placed two screws in the side of the drawer
E - And two in the back of the drawer.
dresser drawer into shelf
I placed the two drawers on top of each other and added items to the shelves to make a bookcase!
It's very sturdy and so much cuter than a "normal" bookshelf.
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  • Marlene Delap
    on Aug 11, 2018

    When u say wax, what are u talking about. What do u use?

  • Becky
    on Aug 11, 2018

    You have a lamp on in the last photo: did you drill a hole to allow for the cord, or is this a battery-powered lamp? Very cute!

    • Alicia Gruber Winey
      on Aug 11, 2018

      Hi Becky. The lamp’s cord is actually along the side of the drawer but you could drill a hole in the bottom/back of the drawer for a cord.

  • Queenie
    on Aug 20, 2018

    Where did you get the stencil?

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  • Jer32354676
    on Aug 29, 2018

    This is brilliant not to time consuming, I think I will do both . Thanks Beth

  • Tara Mandinec
    on Sep 23, 2018

    You can make a chest with the drawers of some old dressers. I took two big ones flipped One over the top of another added a hinge. Mine had wheels on the bottom. Added pulls at either end. Was a very sturdy end of the bed blanket chest. This was years ago so I have no pics to share. Usually you get them free it's fun to experiment!

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