Monday, January 13, 2014

Rast Dresser to Bookshelf!

I am so excited to share a project I did this weekend! Now, if you remember, I used to have a yellow dresser in my front hall that was used to store shoes and boots.


However, this fall I replaced it with a table because the drawers of this dresser were rather useless. I found them stiff and too shallow for my giant shoes (I wear a size 9.5!). I did not get rid of the dresser, but instead moved it to another wall in the front hall. And there it has sat for the past couple of months while I figured out what to do with it. I liked the yellow and I still needed storage in this area.

I finally decided- this thing needs to become a bookshelf to store items in! The only issue I had was that the shelves would need to be 11" deep and 23" long- not exactly a standard shelf size and I have no means of getting or cutting wood. So the project sat.

But then one day I decided to google 11"x23" shelves and I found some. At SEARS of all places!!! And for only $8 each! So I ordered those suckers and they came within just a few days- super duper awesome!!

This weekend I got to work pulling out all the pieces I did not need (backing, drawers, and a brace piece).


I then got down to the task of filling all those holes with spackle and sanding it out. I actually got a little Black and Decker Mouse Sander for Christmas and it was SO handy. Sanding with this thing was a breeze.


After this was completed I painted the inside of the dresser yellow to match the outside. Once that was all dry I got to work installing the shelves. They were horrible to install. At first I thought this would be easy because they were well suited to my project as they come with a small brace for each side and then the shelf slides in, so it is floating.


However the shelves ended up being a tiny bit too wide (ahem, not 23"!) so it was very tough to slide them onto the brackets! Literally I would throw my whole weight on them and they would move an inch, Plus you need to make sure your two brackets are perfectly level and let's face it- my measuring skills are not the best. Also the dresser the dresser is cheap and the wood is not at all even. I did find that detaching the side of the dresser helped give the shelves a bit of breather room to slide in. Finally I got all three shelves in and the dresser sides reattached.

After that I attached some fabric to the back to finish it off! I chose this one because I thought it helped tie in the yellow bookshelf with white shelves (I didn't want to paint the shelves as the finish it came with is better for cleaning, however I was worried yellow + white would look too eggy on its own). I didn't have a big enough piece to cover the whole back so I did it in strips.


Then, of course, I went ahead and styled it up a bit with stuff from around the condo! I planned to use the bottom shelf for my often-used shoes, but the other shelves may change up with the seasons.


It is certainly not perfect, but I simply LOVE it! The extra storage is great and the bookshelf is cute to boot!


17 comments:

  1. I love the yellow! And the fabric. What a fun pop of colour. Great work lady! :)

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  2. What a fab DIY, and that fabric is amazing. Love it!

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  3. I love the fabric too! Luckily I still have a bit left over :)

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  4. Love your fabric. Great job...love how it can be transformed and still be so useful.

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  5. What a great idea! And love how you embellished it with some beautiful fabric!

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  6. Clever you! And I love the fabric backing! What a great DIY!

    (Your feet aren't THAT huge, though. I've got you beat by a size and a half!)

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    1. wow that is impressive! It must be hard to find shoes

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  7. Great makeover! Love the fabric at the back - great idea!

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  8. This is great! You have guts to go for it on projects like this!

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    1. And I usually regret it half way through- I always get in over my head! :)

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  9. Great upcycle! And I agree the fabric back totally makes it.

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  10. Very clever! I love to see products being reused creatively rather than tossed out.

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  11. That is gorgeous, what a great look!

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  12. Cute! I love the fabric you used in the back, really pretty.

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  13. I love the look of this! The fabric backing is so pretty :) Also, so glad to hear that sander is working nicely!! I got the same one for Christmas and have been itching to try it out but haven't had a chance yet.

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