The next time you're getting ready to kick a beat-up clothes dresser to the curb, take a minute to remove the drawers. With a little paint and decorative paper, you'll have yourself a brand-new modular bookcase.
Home crafting blog Crafty Nest came up with a smart way to repurpose a group of drawers, especially ones that are oddly sized or mismatched. All it took was a few coats of paint to prettify the outsides and some nice-looking paper to lay down on the bottoms of the drawers (which will become the back of the bookcase once it's assembled).
Take a few minutes to sand down any rough edges, take off the drawer pulls, fill the in holes with wood putty, and slap on a couple layers of paint. Measuring and fitting the paper into the bottom of the each drawer is the trickiest part, and even that's no big deal.
Paint a layer of glue onto the wood, then place the paper on top. I found it easier if I poured a thin line of glue onto the surface, then spread it with my paintbrush. Flatten the paper with a brayer or your hands. Smooth out the air bubbles before the glue sets. Let dry.
This bookcase would make a great addition to a home office or children's playroom, but surely it's not the only way to repurpose an old drawer. What kinds of ideas can you come up with? Brainstorm in the comments.
Salvaged Drawers=Modular Bookcase [Crafty Nest]