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Before and After: Salvaged Shelves Get an Upgrade

While some people might take a look at these drawers and decide they were destined for the dump, Monica of Craftynest had a different vision. The drawers, which were salvaged from a 1940s kitchen, were found on the website Freecycle. Monica knew she wanted to transform them into something stellar, and originally thought they'd make great storage drawers by simply adding some wheels to the bottom. Ultimately, though, she decided to go in another direction.

To see how she transformed these salvaged drawers,


She turned them into a modular bookcase! Monica writes, "I tried stacking them vertically instead. You could also hang these drawers on the wall as individual shadowboxes. You could even add shelves inside each drawer."

To learn how to do this in your own home, check out Monica's full post for the how-to.


la-dee-da-dee la-dee-da-dee 8 years
I love this idea so crafty and well done!
macchiatolove macchiatolove 8 years
yes, I agree, they need to be screwed together to make them more stable. what a cute idea though!
beverlyz beverlyz 8 years
What an awesome way to recycle old drawers!
swati05 swati05 8 years
I would so do this if I get old shelves like this :)
CUPCAKEchatter CUPCAKEchatter 8 years
Wow, this is so prettty!
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 8 years
Agreed about screwing them into the wall- they look like they could topple otherwise. Also you could have them randomly placed :)
paulanoid paulanoid 8 years
nana777ing nana777ing 8 years
Nice color. Great Idea.
Calimie Calimie 8 years
It's beautiful!
reactionary reactionary 8 years
omg. i love this idea if you placed them screwed into the wall. omg i'm totally stealing this idea.
summerjams summerjams 8 years
real cool!
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 8 years
Great idea! Me likey!
kristyy kristyy 8 years
There are lots of creative people out there. Unfortunately, I am not one of them. :(
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
really cute
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
Dude, that's genius!! Kind of reminds me of a discontinued bookshelf from West Elm that I've been searching for. I'm about to go on a craigslist hunt!!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
What a great idea!!
vunder vunder 8 years
cute. good color.
krae85 krae85 8 years
oooooo, I like it!
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
Wow, what a great idea. I really like that.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
that is awesome, what a creative idea.
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