Upcycling Old Drawers: DIY Shelving

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Catherine Bowen
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For those of you who haven’t tuned in yet, we have a resident DIY expert who will be running live chats, every Thursday, on our Facebook page from 1pm till 2pm. Please meet “DIY Rob” – otherwise known as Rob Boyce

Rob will be sharing all his how-to’s and do’s-and-don’ts for any DIY question you may have, so be sure not to miss out on this opportunity to pick his expert brain!

DIY Shelving: Upcycling Old Drawers

DIY Shelving: Upcycling Old Drawers. Image Source: shelterness.com

And because we’re DIY-focused today we thought we’d serve you up some upcycled inspiration for simple shelving. Some time ago I saw images on Pinterest of this very neat idea, and the steps are so simple that even the most DIY-challenged should be sure to manage and enjoy this project!

Upcycling Old Drawers

DIY Shelving: Upcycling Old Drawers

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DIY Shelving: Upcycling Old Drawers

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You will need to the following for this upcycling old drawers DIY Project:

  1. Drawers – preferably made of real wood and which one should be able to pick up fairly cheaply from any local secondhand or charity shop. (or Gumtree)
  2. Paint – you can use any of the Plascon paints that take your fancy (i.e. waterbased or gloss), just be sure to use an undercoat of Plascon universal primer to ensure that the paint adheres to the surface.
  3. Sand paper (100 to 200 grit, depending on how fine you want your finish to be).
  4. Decorative wrapping paper – I really enjoy the modern and playful graphics of the Typo wrapping paper and also they tend to be cheap and cheerful, but you could also very easily use wallpaper or any left-over scraps of birthday wrapping paper.
  5. Some Prestik OR double-sided tape or Bostik Clear craft-glue (depending on how permanent you want the wrapping paper lining to be).
  6. Nails, hammer and laser level.
DIY Shelving: Upcycling Old Drawers

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Preparation Time: 1-2 hours

Step 1:
You will need to give your wooden drawers a light sanding down the sides, inside and back of the drawers. If you don’t want to paint the drawers and prefer the natural wood grain then you can always use one of our wood sealants or wood care products…
(I’d also recommend giving them a wipe down with a damp cloth so as to remove any dust before painting)

Step 2:
Then if you do want to paint your drawers, you can apply your coat of universal primer/undercoat. Ideally you will need to let this dry overnight before applying your paint colour (water-based or gloss). Look to give your drawers between 2-3 good coats of paint, and allow sufficient time between each coat for drying as per instructions on the side of the tin…

Step 3:
After the paint has dried, then you can trim your wrapping paper to fit into the bottom of your drawer and either glue it, Prestik it or secure it with some double-sided tape to the base of the drawer.

DIY Shelving: Upcycling Old Drawers

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Step 4:
Once you have lined the drawers you can get busy hanging them – I’d recommend two nails for each drawer; however, if you don’t plan on putting a lot of weight on these drawers, you may be able to get away with using mirror-tape. I would also encourage you to chat with Rob today and pick his brain for tips on the best solution for hanging these shelves!

Step 5:
Your drawers are mounted/stacked and ready for decorating – now the fun really begins as you get to select and choose which arrangements of items you like best!

DIY Shelving: Upcycling Old Drawers

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We hope you have fun with this idea for upcycling old drawers over the weekend 😉

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