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AnyVan has teamed up with Lynne Lambourne of Love Nellie to bring you a new Ultimate Upcycling Trilogy with perfectly easy ‘how-to’ transformation guides. We are excited to bring you the second instalment of our trilogy which offers a step-by-step guide for Upcycling an old drawer and turn it into a shelf – Easy and fun to make!

Sometimes you find a lovely piece of furniture, but it’s just beyond my upcycling skills to repair, but think twice before sending it all off to the dump. Old drawers can be upcycled easily, and one easy and fun idea is to turn them into shelves!

Old drawers are often very well made and are much more visually appealing than an average boring MDF box shelf on your wall. The creative possibilities are endless! They can be painted any colour to suit your interiors, and you can always inject a pop of colour to the base by adding some stylish wallpaper to make things interesting. Here are few ideas that inspired me.

how to upcycle an old drawer

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How to upcycle an old drawer

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I wanted to create some extra space to store my ever growing (now slightly out of control!) plant collection, and although the chest of drawers I had salvaged may have been a bit beyond repair, the drawers were perfectly good. It was simple to do, it only took and few hours and cost pennies. So here goes…

You will need;

  • Old Draw
  • Chalk paint and brush.
  • Furniture wax
  • A small piece of Wallpaper- an offcut or even wrapping paper could work
  • Glue
  • Hanging hooks

Here’s just how easy it is.

How to upcycle an old drawer

  1. Firstly, find yourself an old draw.
  2. Wipe the drawer down before you start painting. Get rid of any dust, cobwebs and bits that may mess up your paintwork. Preparation is always essential to these things and helps create a professional finish. Once clean, choose your chalk paint and get to work on your drawer in your chosen colour. No need to paint the base as that will be where you are going to pop your wallpaper. I would suggest using two coats of paint so that you get a nice and even finish.How to upcycle an old drawer
  3. Once the paint has dried, sand down your drawer. This adds a bit of detail to the edges and gives a hint of distress and age to the overall look.How to upcycle an old drawer
  4. Next, apply the furniture wax to seal the paint in and protect it. Massage the wax in with an old cloth, the colour of the paint will darken very slightly but it will preserve the draw from any knocks. You don’t want all your hard work getting ruined!How to upcycle an old drawer
  5. Pick your chosen piece of wallpaper or wrapping paper. Botanical prints are fashionable at the moment, and as I was making my shelf, I picked a beautiful print from B&Q. The larger, more vibrant prints have a massive impact as they can be seen from far away.
  6. Mark around the drawer on the wallpaper and then cut out the piece of paper to fit snugly into the base of the drawer.How to upcycle an old drawer
  7. Once you have the correct size and shape that you need, use some sharp scissors and neatly cut the piece of paper.  I used decoupage glue to stick the wallpaper to the base of the drawer. Other types and brands of glue or spray mount would do the job, but I like the decoupage glue as it does not dry too fast and allows you to move the paper a bit like wallpaper paste until it is in the right place. Leave to dry. This is a great time to pop the kettle on!!!How to upcycle an old drawer
  8. Had a brew? It’s time to attach the brackets to hang the shelf – it’s easy, promise! Pilot drill a small hole for the screw to go into on the back of the shelf and then screw the bracket on.How to upcycle an old drawer
  9. Once you have your hooks safely fastened on, next drill two holes in the wall that match up with the bracket width and you are good to go. It’s now styling time!

How to upcycle an old drawer

Although my shelf is used for plants, these shelves could be used for anything; extra space for books, ornaments or to display trinkets. I believe that drawer-shelves can add a fascinating feature to any wall, and arranging several different draws together on the wall can form an impressive wall unit.

How to upcycle an old drawer

It’s an easy project that children can get involved in too! One of the children in my Upcycling Bootcamp made the fantastic design below. She uses her drawer-shelf to store her art supplies and slime ingredients!

How to upcycle an old drawer

Over to you folks, it’s time to get creative! Happy making.

If you need a helping hand getting your newly upcycled projects or materials back home, get in touch with AnyVan today for a free quote! We move anything, anywhere.

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