From a Dresser Drawer to Diecut Storage

Hi everyone! I’m back with a project that I had actually created this past Summer. You know life happened and kept on happening and now has finally (for the moment) settled down. A little back story, me and my Dad a couple of years ago took an old dresser that my husband had wanted to toss and I decided that we, meaning me and my Dad, would cut the dresser down after carefully removing the top of the dresser to reuse. We removed two of the drawers (it had a total of four drawers), add a shelf to create a big opening to store my husband’s not so nice looking lunchbox (I added a curtain to hid said lunchbox) when he wasn’t at work. I have a blog post from when we did this project several years ago if you want to have a look, you can find that blog post HERE, before diving into the diecut storage drawer. (Also that post was on my old blog).

I employed the help of my husband to pull off this project off. The first thing I did with the drawer was sand over the whole area to scuff up the finish.

I used a piece of 21/32″x16″x36″ Paint Grade Wood Panel to replace the bottom of the drawer.

The next thing we did was “punch” out the bottom of the drawer because once you put all those heavy diecuts in the bottom would fall out since it isn’t very thick.

We, meaning my husband, measured and cut the wood panel to fit the bottom of the drawer.

My husband screwed the wood panel to the bottom of the drawer.

Now it’s my time to get to work! I used a spray paint with primer to completely cover, inside and out, the drawer. Side note, next time when I make one of these I will use a brush and paint on the primer because I used a total of three and a half cans of spray paint.

I lightly sanded the knobs that came with the drawer and spray painted those. Another side note, to get an even finish while spray painting I punched holes with my Crop-A-Dile into a piece of corrugated cardboard and screwed the knobs into the cardboard. This keeps the knobs upright and makes it easy to spray paint.

Now I passed the drawer back to my husband so he could add wheels to the bottom of the drawer. My husband marked with a pencil the holes to attach the wheels and drilled tiny holes into wood.

He attached each wheel with washers and screws.

I added the knobs and placed most of my Eileen Hull Diecuts, I have way more that what can fit inside the drawer, and rolled up under the side board I have in my craft room. I hope this inspires everyone to create one for yourselves.

Supplies

Old Drawer

Four Wheels

White Spray Paint

21/32″x16″x36″ Paint Grade Wood Panel

Drill and Saw

Washers and Screws

Sand Paper

Your Favorite Eileen Hull Diecuts

Crop-A-Dile

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Thanks for stopping by, hope your Friday is wonderful and enjoy creating!

Dresser Up-cycle Project

Hi everyone! How is your day going? Me? I am slowly getting back into the swing of things. August has been a rough month with me still mending for my surgery, my dad finding out he has prostate cancer (doctor is hopeful since it has been caught in time) and the sudden lost of our grandson who was only 16 months old. My crafting mojo went into hiding and all I could do was sit and look at my supplies. I have forced myself to complete design team projects for this month  and I am slowly getting that itch to create.
I do have an up-cycle project that has been in the works for several months now and I can now finally share the finished piece. Well, as you all know I am in the never ending remodeling project here and me and my very handy parents are still working in the laundry room, den/breakfast nook/kitchen. In the kitchen was a hideous built in desk…imagine country blue laminate with burgundy tile…can we say ICK! :-p . Well, I had my dad remove the desk but then there was the empty space beneath the cabinets. So I go the idea to refurbish this dresser. As you can see it had seen better days but the best part it is made of wood and solid. The only problem was it was a little too tall for where I wanted to put it. Sooooo…I had my dad cut almost two inches off the top of it. We removed the top before sawing and the decorative piece on the top (that will be used in another project later on).

Pardon my cat’s tail in the photo 😀 but this is what it looked like after cutting it down. I also removed two of the drawers since I wanted a place for my husband’s massive lunch box when he wasn’t at work.

My dad installing the shelf in the dresser…the wood is leftover from the desk top that my dad cut for me.

After my dad sanded this is what the completed project looks like.

The paint is actually a custom color. I found a paint chip at Walmart but had it mixed at Lowes. I buy the most expensive paint they have because it has no odor (also this is the color I am painting my kitchen cabinets). I have bad alergies and my husband has migraines…who wants to smell paint for almost two weeks??? Not me!

The top of the dresser I left natural and painted with a clear sealer. Also the drawer pulls I spray painted with Rust-oleum Metal Satin Nickel. Later I might add a curtain to the opening to hide the massive lunch box. 😉 Now I have storage for linens, towels and whatever else that I can’t fit into my cabinets.
I hope you like this and if you have any questions please let me know.

Thanks for stopping by, hope your Saturday is wonderful and enjoy creating!