Dollar Store Drawer Organizer

5 Materials
1 Hour

This project is an easy way to make your home decor look more upscale. I picked up these little plastic drawers today, but I wanted to make them look a little less cheap. I decided to use some nice wood and give them more of an upscale look.

Plastic Drawers

Tools and Materials

  • Drawers
  • Tape measure
  • Wooden boards
  • Saw
  • Spray paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Nail
  • Nail gun

Measure and Nail

I first measured the height and width of the drawers, and cut the boards to fit around them. I then nailed the bottom piece to the two side panels.

Check that the Drawers Fit

Check that the Drawers Fit

I then made sure the drawers fit inside nicely.

Measure and Cut the Top

Measure and Cut the Top

Then I measured the top piece, and cut that out as well.

Paint and Sand

Paint and Sand

You can keep the wood look, and perhaps add a nice varnish. I decided to paint it, so I spray painted it all over with oiled rub bronze and lightly sanded the edges. This gives it that nice distressed look that I love.

DIY Plastic Drawers

And that's it, plastic drawers with a new look. Just a small upgrade!

DIY Storage Drawers

I just love how easy this was and how adorable it came out! All for under $5! Check out more ideas at Gilbert Marketplace Youtube channel

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  • Sue30767449 Sue30767449 on Jul 24, 2021

    When you pull one out what keeps the one above from falling down/out?

  • Nastacha Nieves Johnson Nastacha Nieves Johnson on Jul 24, 2021

    What is this like 5 inches tall a mini unit

  • CLG CLG on Jul 25, 2021

    Why would you want to "upgrade" a cheap, plastic set of drawers? I don't get it, Sorry.

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  • Joan Stanley Joan Stanley on Jul 24, 2021

    That's a nice upgrade if you ready have the drawers and wood. But buying all that new, you could buy a new little chest at Big Lots or a thrift store.

    • Shelly L Nemeth Shelly L Nemeth on Jul 25, 2021

      The drawers are $1 at dollar tree and a whole board $3.59 so under $5 but yes anytime we have scraps it’s a plus for sure 😊

  • Joan Stanley Joan Stanley on Jul 26, 2021

    Sets of 3-4 drawers are not sold at our Dollar Trees.

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    • Stevemar2 Stevemar2 on Jul 16, 2022

      We don’t have them in ours, either. We have about 4 Dollar Trees and they are all small. But I recently discovered one about a 20 minute drive, that is HUGE. I cannot wait to go there, as soon as I get paid!