I’ve made a vow to try to use materials that I have on-hand or to find items that I can repurpose before I purchase anything new this year. My previous craft paint storage wasn’t working for me, and I had to pull out and dig through a triple stack of plastic bins every time I wanted to paint something. I needed a new solution ASAP.
My husband mentioned that he was working on a kitchen remodel for a client, so I asked him to save anything from the old kitchen that might be useful or fun. When he brought me home a few old drawers, I knew right away that I wanted to turn one of them into a shelf to store my paints.
He removed the guide rails from the drawer for me and cut the bottom of the drawer face so that the shelf would sit flush against the wall. A piece of scrap wood cut to size made for perfect shelving. I removed the drawer pull because I have future plans for it, but I left the ornate decorative metal piece behind for a little flair.
I still haven’t decided if I want to paint the shelf or not. Half of me loves that it still looks exactly like a repurposed wooden drawer, but the other half thinks that the paint colors would really “pop” against a white background. We’ll see…
Either way, I’ve got a cute and functional new storage shelf, and I saved something useful from going into the landfill. Win-win!