Transform a Drawer Into Trendy Shelving

5 Materials
4 Hours

Sometimes I visualise an idea, fall in love with it, but it can then take months or even years before I make the idea a reality! For a couple of years I have been thinking about transforming a drawer into a shelf, I am so glad I have. The project is quick and easy to execute.
Start by unscrewing the drawer from its drawer runners and removing from old furniture, I used an old bedside table.
Cut a shelf to fit across the middle of your drawer, measuring for accuracy.
Prepare the surface for chalk paint. Sand with a fine grain sandpaper, then wipe down to remove any dust. Paint the sides and the shelf you have just made with chalk paint. Allow to dry, add a second layer if needed.
Roughly cut to size the wallpaper for lining the back. Place inside and finger fold and press. Cut along the fold so you have a good fit.
Apply an even layer of PVA glue to the back of the drawer. Add the wallpaper.
Using a cloth wipe all over the wallpaper to ensure there are no bubbles.
Once dry apply a top coat of PVA to protect the wallpaper.
Insert shelf and nail into position.
Finish the shelving unit with a coat of wax over the chalk paint.
The drawer shelf unit is perfect for many uses, in the bathroom, garden.
or your craft room...
To hang on the wall pre-drill holes through the back of the shelving unit, hold in position. Using a pencil mark through the holes, drill and insert raw plugs into the wall, finally screw the shelving unit into position.
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  • Mona Plunkett
    on Jul 18, 2020

    That is really clever and cute. Nice way to recycle and extend the usage of a piece that might not be the best any more. Like the colors you chose as well. Very nice job!

  • Lisa West
    on Jul 24, 2020

    Very pretty and a great idea to upcycle some thing that other wise would end up in a land fill. The colrs you chose look so pretty together. Thank you for sharing.

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