A Polka Dotted Drawer Bookshelf

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Since life never REALLY slows down for us women, we decided to share our latest post that we wrote for Allthingsthrifty.com. For a cute project, I created a sweet little bookshelf. I had a couple of drawers that I had been using off-and-on for organizational purposes. Since they were made out of solid wood, I got to thinking. Why not give them a more permanent residence in my home. I have been loving all the Anthropologie styled decor pins that I have been eying for a while now. So, I decided to try my hand at creating something with that vibe. So, here we go!

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Fortunately, Sam and I almost never pass up a good set of spindle legs at our favorite store, Restore. If it is not familiar to you, Restore is an awesome building supply thrift store run by Habitat for Humanity. These babies were so cute, and we got them for about $5. Score!

Project Supplies:

  • wood drawers
  • spindles
  • paint
  • paint tape
  • rollers
  • drill
  • screws
  • saw
  • Mod Podge
  • wrapping paper

(Confession: I started the project with this super compact electric saw, but moved onto using my chopsaw, as the cut was way easier and cleaner…I needed the cut clean, as you will see later.)

Step One: time to paint! I went for a super neutral cream paint in a satin finish for good durability.

Step two: while the paint is drying, it is time to cut the spindles. I know, it may seem totally crazy to cut such cute spindles. Crazy! However, I have excellent reasons, lovelies. 1) I wanted a clean, almost modern look. 2) I did not want a bookshelf that was resting on four foot legs…too wobbly and ridiculously out of proportion. 3) By cutting the bottoms and using them for this project, I still have the cute spindle tops for another project. Yay! Two project from the same spindles. Happy day!

Step Three: Using a drill, I simply attached the legs to my bottom drawer. Two things to note here: this is obviously why I needed to use a chop saw, so that the ends would be even and smooth, and (very important) I attached the legs to the side of my drawer. This bookshelf is going to be created by stacking the drawers on their sides.

Step four: Time to stack! I used wood screws and a drill to attach the shelves from the bottom, so that I would not see the screws when the bookshelf was upright. Important thing to note here, drawers have little lips on the ends due to the way they are constructed. I used this element to make my piece even more charming by creating a super subtle staggering effect.

Step five: Things are looking great! Time to add some more detail with Mod Podge and some silvery foil wrapping paper that I had left over from last Christmas.

Step six: Sit back and enjoy the efforts! It turned out so cute!

Hope you are inspired!

Time to turn some trash into treasure!


Sam & Chanda

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  • CapnChaos CapnChaos on Jan 26, 2019

    Cute idea. How "tippy" is it?

  • Lynn Lynn on Jan 26, 2019

    I love this and want to do it but my concern is stability. It looks as though it would fall over rather easily because of the legs being so close together. Did you do anything to address this at all?

  • Wandamurline Wandamurline on Jan 26, 2019

    Could you do the same with crates?

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  • Jayde Jayde on Dec 26, 2020

    Not here! Restore or Habitat for Humanity is so junky and dirty and overpriced! I have never found or even seen anything useable that wasn’t so overpriced I could buy new for the same money!!!

    • Leslie Leslie on Dec 29, 2020

      Hi Jade, Our Restores here have gotten too big for their britches also. The items are donated and they charge almost as much if not the same price as if you buy new. I haven't visited the two stores we have here in a few years but am going to check them again to see if things changed. I have heard so many of the same complaints about the Restores and hope they will wake up. The Salvation Army store is the same. I asked one of the people in the SA store for a price on something he saw I had "diamond" studs in my ears and gave me a price that was comparable to new. I looked at him and said your store just lost a sale and by the way the earrings are not real diamonds. He blanched and I walked away. Goodwill is following same mindset also. Shame.

  • Dl.5660408 Dl.5660408 on Dec 26, 2020

    Well done!