Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Before and After of my Own...Drawers to Shelves

I have loved my desk since we bought five years ago.  It has served its purpose well.  In five years, however, my needs and wants have changed.  I've reduced, tremendously, the amount of paper I'm keeping/storing.  The drawers were inefficient for my purposes, so I decided to do something about it.

This is what my first one looked like before I modified it.

This is what it looks like now.

I liked it so much that I decided to do the same thing to another part of the desk.  This time, however, I took pictures along the way to show you how I did it.

First, I pulled out the drawer.

Then I removed the drawer hardware.

Then I added those little blocks of wood so I could attach a new shelf base to the section.  [I had to redo those little blocks of wood because my original ones were too thick and didn't allow the bottom drawer to close.]

Then I attached a board (the back from one of my Ikea shelves, cut down with the saw) to the center divider and to the pieces of wood I added.

Viola!  I went from a drawer to a shelf and my efficient use of my desk.  Oh, and yes, those are Swiffer refills...if I have them in the basement with me, I dust the basement more often!


I can't tell you how much more I like this desk.  Having a place for more of our school books and a better way to store my various papers and reference books feels so nice.

2 comments:

Jessica said...

This is such a cute idea! Great job. :) Thanks so much for your visit. We appreciate your thoughts and support.

J~

Sarah said...

Ooooh. I like!

(Thanks for the link to the Indian Painted Rocks trail-- we're going to try it soon, for sure!) :)