{Filthy to Fancy} Organizer Makeover

Hi friend!  How’s the end of your summer going?  Are your kids back in school yet?  When I look at Facebook or read other blogs, it seems like everyone else has gone back to school.  The kids around here are due back later this week, although my boys aren’t old enough yet.  We did enroll them in a fall soccer league though- which will be very interesting.  I’m trying to imagine a bunch of 3 and 4 year olds running around kicking nonstop and all fighting for the ball… please pray for my patience, LOL!

{Filthy to Fancy} Organizer Makeover.  A dirty hardware organizer gets a fancy French makeover.

This organizer is the kind of thing I see often at yard sales, except they’re usually cracked somewhere or missing a drawer or two.  Even if you saw one in decent condition you probably wouldn’t consider buying it unless you really needed a place to store a bunch of nails and screws.  Well I saw this one in near-perfect condition (except for being dirty and having a dead big inside) and envisioned a better life for it than just holding hardware in someone’s garage.

Then, as usual- I let it sit in my garage for a couple months until I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  Hey, sometimes inspiration happens immediately and sometimes it takes awhile!  This is what it looked like when I bought it (minus the paint splatter, which was courtesy of another one of my projects. Oops!):

BEFORE:  {Filthy to Fancy} Organizer Makeover.  A dirty hardware organizer gets a fancy French makeover.

I took the drawers out, got rid of the dead bug, and cleaned it all up.  Then I took the case outside and painted it with black Rustoleum spray paint.

I went through my stash of scrapbook paper and picked out three sheets that coordinated.  I cut out six pieces from each sheet to fill the drawer fronts.  Since the front of the drawer wouldn’t be see-through anymore, I thought it would be good to number each one.  Otherwise it might be maddening to search through 18 different drawers to find what you need!  I used Wide Latin for the font in Microsoft Word and printed the numbers on off-white card stock.

{Filthy to Fancy} Organizer Makeover.  A dirty hardware organizer gets a fancy French makeover.

After lots of cutting, I laid out the papers and numbers for each drawer.

{Filthy to Fancy} Organizer Makeover.  A dirty hardware organizer gets a fancy French makeover.

Then I used Mod Podge and a thin paintbrush to glue the numbers to the scrapbook paper.  When that was done I spread a thin line of Mod Podge across the top and sides on the front of the paper and slid it into the drawers, pressing for about 30 seconds.

{Filthy to Fancy} Organizer Makeover.  A dirty hardware organizer gets a fancy French makeover.

When all 18 drawers were done I slid them back into the case.

Now I have an organizer for trinkets… or jewelry… or keys and miscellaneous items by the front door… or…?

{Filthy to Fancy} Organizer Makeover.  A dirty hardware organizer gets a fancy French makeover.

It would also be good for craft storage; buttons, thread, beads, washi tape…

{Filthy to Fancy} Organizer Makeover.  A dirty hardware organizer gets a fancy French makeover.

I bought this owl on my last trip to Anthropologie – it’s actually one half of a salt and pepper shaker set but I got it on clearance because the other owl was missing.  Lucky me!

{Filthy to Fancy} Organizer Makeover.  A dirty hardware organizer gets a fancy French makeover.

I love this paper; I’m a sucker for anything with a French or vintage theme.  (French and vintage?  LOVE LOVE LOVE!)

{Filthy to Fancy} Organizer Makeover.  A dirty hardware organizer gets a fancy French makeover. {Filthy to Fancy} Organizer Makeover.  A dirty hardware organizer gets a fancy French makeover.

 Do you enjoy repurposing too, or just like to see before/after makeovers?

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Jen

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  1. says

    LOVE this organizer! What a great makeover! I could definitely use this for jewelry. I love the owl, too – I’m a collector of owls. :)

    By the way, my daughter played soccer when she was 3 and it is pretty hysterical to watch. The parents call it “herd ball” since the kids just jumble themselves into a big herd and kick like crazy. Enjoy!
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    • says

      Thanks Kirsten! I am def a little nervous about soccer… but we got them shin guards already. Now I have to work on teaching them that they don’t have to win to have fun. My 3-yr-old keeps saying “I’m going to WIN!” lol

  2. Christy@confessions of a serial do-it- yourselfer says

    I lurv this!!!! I couldn’t even tell it was one of those garage/nuts&bolts holder thingys! I’ve git three that are actually in my garage…holding none other than nuts&bolts, but they’re so ugly! I need to do this! Thanks for sharing!! XO

  3. Christine Keating-Ingelse says

    All I can say is “Wow”! Oh, and “I wish I’d thought of that!” I make jewelry and have a bunch of these ugly bins- I’m gonna cop your idea with a twist: I’ll take arty pictures of the stuff inside and ModPodge ‘em to the front of the bins! Thanks for the great idea!

  4. Janet says

    It is a beautiful make over. I love it to look at but I can just see myself searching through every drawer trying to find whatever. The numbering is a good idea but then you must have a list to consult? I’d probably lose the list. I’d have to label the drawers and then it wouldn’t be as cute or versatile.

  5. Arlene Dunbar says

    I love this. about 15 years ago I spray painted one with a textured whitish/greyish paint and used it for some of my jewellery. It is still sitting on my dresser and I use it constantly. Now I want to do another 1 or 2, updated like yours. great great DIY

    • says

      Thanks Ashley! And I’m so glad you came here and commented because I saw your post at a linky party and meant to go back and look at your digital scrapbook paper- and of course I forgot. ;P Going to look now- have a great weekend!

  6. says

    Love this idea! I think you could still use this in the garage to hold nails and screws. Who says the garage has to look like a garage! Wouldn’t it be fun to have a pimped out workbench!
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    • says

      Carolyn I think you’ve come up with something big.. I’ve seen pink tools before but why not a whole garage work area offered to appeal to females? Men aren’t the only ones who like to work in the garage! ;)

  7. says

    I love this! I took a similar organizer and used it to organize my earrings and bracelets by color. Yours looks way nicer! Great job and I’m featuring you as one of my Home{work} Wednesday favorites.

  8. Connie says

    Jen, I love this! I think I have a couple of these organizers that are holding craft supplies and I know my hubby has a really ratty one in the garage. Can’t wait to try this idea.

  9. says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is the inspiration I have been searching for to redo the exact same piece of junk….er I mean organizer I got at a yard sale!! My search is finally over! I love this!

  10. says

    My father used to have one of these organizers in the basement and it came in super handy. Yours looks MUCH better though! I love what you did with this. I should keep my eye out for one of these at yard sales so I can do this project! Stopping by from Throwback Thursday. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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  11. CTY says

    Love LOve LOVe LOVE IT!
    I wear many pins; I think I’ll make one of these with 12 drawers & separate the pins by month. Now if I can just get DH out of his garage long enough.
    Thank You.

  12. Sandi Nakoneczny says

    Love it, Love it! I’m also crazy about French decor and Love black and white together., Going to be on lookout for one and
    of course the paper. What brand is it?
    Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      Sandi,
      I’m sorry but I don’t know the brand- I don’t recall any kind of specific markings on it either.
      I’m sure you will find one – hopefully at a great price at a yard sale! :)
      Jen

  13. Melissa says

    I see people using these all of the time in craft rooms but they look like they took it out of their garage. I could never use one of these in my walk through craft area. It has to stay funcational and appealing because every who walks in my house see’s it. Well now I am on a mission to find one of these draw thingings. I love what you did. Thanks for sharing.

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