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!
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!):
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.
After lots of cutting, I laid out the papers and numbers for each drawer.
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.
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…?
It would also be good for craft storage; buttons, thread, beads, washi tape…
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!
I love this paper; I’m a sucker for anything with a French or vintage theme. (French and vintage? LOVE LOVE LOVE!)
Do you enjoy repurposing too, or just like to see before/after makeovers?
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