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Drawer to Bookshelf!

I’ve been wanting a new bookshelf in our bedroom for a while now, to try and alleviate some of the clutter of books and magazines that end up littering the floor by my side of the bed.
I’ve seen lots of ideas on Pinterest, and have been on the look out for something like an old fruit crate or a wine crate to nail to the wall. But everytime I”ve seen one, it hasn’t been quite right-too flimsy, too big, too narrow….

But then inspiration struck!
You may remember the upcycling extravaganza that was Hubby’s triumphant sideboard to guinea pig cage transformation.



After :)

After πŸ™‚

There were a couple of draws left over, and I suddenly realised that when you turn a drawer on it’s end, it looks quite like a bookshelf!

Hubby is very clever, and made a little shelf to go across the middle, so that I can have two shelves.
We then painted it, and I dug out some old 1950’s magazines that I found at a Flea Market last year (I knew they would come in handy!) and deco patched the sides and then top.
I then went back to my (still) tidy fabric stash, and picked out one of my favourites, to use on the back.
(If you’re interested, I used Mod Podge to do both the paper deco-patching, and the fabric-I heart Mod Podge a lot!)


And here it is!

Lying down, looking a bit more like a drawer

Lying down, looking a bit more like a drawer

And on the wall, looking more like a shelf!

And on the wall, looking more like a shelf!

Apologies for the lack of ‘before’ pics.
MUST get more organised with taking photos. You would think I would have got the hang of this blogging thing by now…



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  • Reply Waste Less Live More-Discover It | My Make Do and Mend Year September 28, 2014 at 7:01 am

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  • Reply Domestic Disgrace June 25, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    LOVING your work. This is such a bloody brilliant idea. We need loads of shelves, and I’m sure we have some old drawers somewhere…hmmmm.

    Also, hello πŸ™‚ I’ve got into a blog reading rut recently so found you whilst looking for others to add to my feed (which is right where you’re going now).

    • Reply Jen June 25, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      What a lovely comment-thankyou! You’ve made me smile πŸ™‚

  • Reply Joanna June 17, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Wow, I love the idea and the finished product, inspirational.

    • Reply Jen June 17, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Thanks Joanna!

  • Reply Zoe @ecothrifty June 16, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Clever idea and it looks great – very professional!

    • Reply Jen June 17, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Thanks Zoe πŸ™‚

  • Reply Alexandra Ene June 16, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Using the 50’s magazines paper was genius. It pulls everything together.

    • Reply Jen June 17, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Very kind-thankyou!

  • Reply epov88 June 16, 2014 at 10:31 am

    So creative πŸ™‚

    • Reply Jen June 17, 2014 at 9:15 am


  • Reply mommyemu June 16, 2014 at 10:14 am

    This looks fantastic and very creative.

    • Reply Jen June 17, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Thanks Emma!

  • Reply The Pumpkin Life June 16, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Wow, I love the fabric!
    Can I ask how it’s affixed to the wall? I’ve turned a chest of drawers into a media unit and had thought of using the drawers as kitchen shelves, but can’t work it out, short of drilling straight through them.

    I love what you are doing. The world would be awesome if everyone shared your ethos. Keep it up please πŸ™‚

    • Reply Jen June 17, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Thankyou so much-what a lovely comment!
      I will ask hubby how he has fastened it to the wall (that was his department..!) and let you know πŸ™‚

  • Reply Alyse June 16, 2014 at 8:26 am

    This looks fab, I love the way that you’ve decorated it

    • Reply Jen June 17, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Thankyou so much!

  • Reply lizlovingandlearning June 16, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Seriously impressive. There must be so many unwanted old drawers around the country that new bookshelves could never be needed again!

    • Reply Jen June 17, 2014 at 9:18 am

      We should have a campaign!

      • Reply lizlovingandlearning June 17, 2014 at 9:35 am

        We’re in the process of converting our garage to a room. We’d been thinking what to use rather than plasterboard once the insulation is in and Inspired by your idea we now plan to cover most of one wall with drawer shelves. At least one other will be fabric. It will probably take awhile to source enough drawers but will certainly share photos once done.

        • Reply Jen June 17, 2014 at 11:40 am

          Wow, can’t wait to see a picture!

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