Hi all! Are you getting your Christmas shopping done?! It is sneaking up on us, I wish time would slow down, it always goes too fast!
I am probably a little too excited about this project, but in reality I should be! I am going to show you how to turn a drawer into a cabinet, and quite honestly it is so easy. Which is why I am so excited, because repurposing is one of my favorite things and easy makes it even better!
See how fun this is?! Dang. I love a good trash to treasure.
I made this project early last spring and shared it on My Repurposed Life as one of my contributor posts...I have been waiting too long to share it with you!
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Gorilla Wood Glueand clamped the drawer while it dried.
teen boy's room makeover. This would be the frame for my cabinet door. I cut one end at 45 degrees on my miter saw and then measured it to the drawer to make the second cut.
Ryobi Nail Gun to attach them at the corners. Note: I recommend using nail in fasteners on the corners if your trim moulding is too thin for pocket holes which is the best method, I was out of fasteners which is why I used nails, but I find it a weaker joining method on mitered corners...just saying.
You can add as many shelves as you would like, I only did two.
Chicken Wire that I picked up from the side of the road, for FOR-EV-ER. (said like in The Sandlot-awesome movie) This project was perfect for it! I clipped it to fit my frame.
Spackle, if I was staining I probably would have skipped this step. I wanted to paint so I knew I need cover up the holes so they wouldn't show. I also sanded the drawer and cleaned it with TSP beforehand, the cleaning was really needed.
When I got to installing the door I realized I needed a magnetic door catch. I didn't have any...so I made my own. I used some button magnets and a small scrap piece of wood. I hot glued them in the top and bottom corners so the magnet was flush with the top. Then I hot glued on these metal plates I had which I believe were part of a magnetic catch system at one time...
How fun is that chicken wire?! Ahhhh. :) I am so happy I FINALLY used some, totally worth the wait.
This was a pretty narrow drawer so it can only hold small things, but any depth drawer would work to make a cabinet.
I love that it can go in any room in the house. The bathroom, the kitchen which would be perfect for spices, or even in the kids room to hold lego miniatures. I also have been debating adding cup hooks and turning it into a jewelry cabinet for my bedroom, wouldn't that be fun! Or you could hang mugs from them...so many ideas!
This is a great beginner project for those of you who are waiting to take the plunge. I promise you won't be sorry, and don't expect perfection...NO project is perfect!
Thanks for reading!
More great drawer projects:
|Old Drawer Cubby Organizer|
|Under the bed Storage Repurposing Drawers|
|Old Drawers into Porch Planters|
|Video Game Storage made from drawers|