Upcycled Garage Storage Organizer – Trash to Treasure

Hey guys!  It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday again with my friends.  I found this garage storage organizer thingy at a yard sale but I didn’t plan on keeping my nails and screws in it.  I knew it could be much prettier and chic.

Storage Organizer Makeover - Trash to Treasure - Girl in the Garage

I took the drawers out 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 printed the numbers on off-white card stock.

Storage Organizer Makeover - Trash to Treasure - Girl in the Garage

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

Storage Organizer Makeover - Trash to Treasure - Girl in the Garage

Then I used Mod Podge and an artist’s brush to glue the paper in place.

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

When all the drawers were finished I slid them back in and voila!  This sweet little organizer was complete.

Storage Organizer Makeover - Trash to Treasure - Girl in the Garage

It would be great 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 a 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.

Storage Organizer Makeover - Trash to Treasure - Girl in the Garage

I hope you liked this revival of one of my favorite Trash to Treasure makeovers!  Stay tuned next Tuesday for another “Best of the Archives” project.


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Trash to Treasure Makeovers

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4.  Artsy Chicks Rule

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18 Comments on Upcycled Garage Storage Organizer – Trash to Treasure

  1. Christy
    February 2, 2016 at 9:32 am (3 years ago)

    I love this so much! It makes me want to rehab mine right away lol! XO

  2. Dawn Osborne
    February 2, 2016 at 12:46 pm (3 years ago)

    You ROCK! Check out my page on facebook…The Untamed Country! You inspire me!! Thank you for that!

  3. Helen Holley
    February 2, 2016 at 6:07 pm (3 years ago)

    This is great! I am all about an upcycle!
    Helen H

  4. Pamela
    February 2, 2016 at 7:29 pm (3 years ago)

    That is pretty amazing! Very talented!

  5. Jaana Flaherty
    February 3, 2016 at 8:38 am (3 years ago)

    Intersting! And so cute! Great job.

  6. Gloria
    February 4, 2016 at 8:56 am (3 years ago)

    So cute Jen!! What is the size of this piece? I would love to do something like this

    • Jen
      February 5, 2016 at 2:49 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Gloria! I think this one is about 18 inches tall.

  7. Carol Alexander
    May 28, 2016 at 1:36 am (3 years ago)

    Clever girl!

  8. Laura Purath
    August 20, 2016 at 9:41 pm (3 years ago)

    If you wanted to be able to still see through the drawers front, you could cut an oval shaped or square shape cut out of the scrap paper so that the scrap paper is just a frame

    • Jen
      August 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm (3 years ago)

      That’s a great idea- thanks for your advice!

  9. Carmen I Ortiz
    October 5, 2016 at 5:50 am (2 years ago)

    Really beautiful! I liked the idea of numbering the drawers because all you have to do is make a master list, put it in one of the drawers (first or last) and then just refer to the list when looking for something.

  10. Linda Helmer
    November 4, 2016 at 1:43 pm (2 years ago)

    This is a truly beautiful make-over! Ugly to classy with a lot of inspiration in between! Did you mod-podge the paper to the inside or outside of the drawers?
    Way to go for an amazing re-do!

    • Jen
      November 7, 2016 at 6:21 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Linda! 🙂 The paper is inside the drawers. I put just a thin line of Mod Podge across the top of the front of the paper and then stuck it inside the drawer. It dried quickly.

  11. Tabatha bedenbaugh
    July 14, 2017 at 10:50 am (2 years ago)

    I loved reading your blog. I have been painting and reselling for over 20 years. I finally got out of it about 6 months ago. I was exhausted by the pressure to keep my booth full and to make a profit. I just started back selling online, small pieces, quick turn, etc. My question to you is, do you sell from your house? I don’t want to the overhead of paying for a space and I am not available on weekends to do markets. Would you suggest I set up an area in my garage for staging and selling? I am just doing this part time, I have a full time job. Thanks!

    • Jen
      July 17, 2017 at 10:16 pm (2 years ago)

      Tabatha, I have been renting a booth for 4 years and I also sell at a few vintage markets each year, so I rarely sell any pieces from my home. I do think it could work if you set up space in your garage like you mentioned. Either 1-2 pieces at a time or maybe have a “pop up” shop once a month or so where you have many pieces for sale at once. You can also market yourself for doing commissioned pieces which can keep you busy without having to figure out how to sell your work. I think Facebook advertising can be fickle but it can also be very effective. Hope that helps- good luck! Jen

  12. Margot
    November 28, 2018 at 5:08 am (4 months ago)

    Love how it turned out! It would look so good in my bedroom 🙂


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