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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Dollar Store DIY: Industrial Farmhouse Storage Drawers


Here it is, the first installment of the new Dollar Store DIY series!  

On the first Monday of the month I'll share a thrifty Dollar store makeover.  Today, since January is all about storage and organizing I'm sharing how I turned cheap Dollar Tree mini drawers into the perfect industrial farmhouse storage.  

Industrial farmhouse dollar tree storage makeover
I've done many Dollar store makeovers in the past, but these little storage drawers are by far my favorite!  They are stylish enough to sit on a desk to organize office supplies and small enough to sit in a medicine cabinet to organize cotton balls, Q-tips and other personal hygiene items.  However you decide to use them they'll be sure to add a bit of industrial farmhouse style to your home.


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Thanks to a large stash of craft supplies I ended up having everything on hand that I needed for this project.  Keep an eye out for sales and coupons to help cut costs if you want to make your own industrial farmhouse storage drawers.

before- Dollar Tree mini storage drawers

disassembled Dollar Tree storage drawers
I started by pulling out the drawers, taking off the plastic pulls, lightly sanding the blue shells with fine grit sand paper (this allows the paint to adhere better to the plastic) then I gave each one a few light coats of ORB spray paint (this is my favorite and holds up the best against chipping).   I also spray painted the wood furniture buttons as well.
Sanding Dollar Tree storage drawers
I had a few labels leftover from a previous project, but since some were spray painted gold I used gold and black metallic craft paint to make them all match.  If you are purchasing new labels you can skip this step.
Painting metal labels for Dollar Tree storage drawer makeover
After the labels were dry I used a 3/22 drill bit to drill holes in the plastic drawers then attached the labels with decorative brads. 
adding labels to Dollar Tree storage

Drilling holes to add labels to dollar tree storage drawers

Attaching labels to Dollar Tree storage drawers
Since I removed the original pulls I added small wood buttons to use as knobs to open the drawers.
Gluing pulls to Dollar Tree storage drawers
I didn't plan on adding stained wood to the sides, but after I had everything together the drawers still felt a little "cheap" and flimsy.  Cutting balsa wood down and staining it with espresso stain gave the drawers a more finished and expensive look.
Staining wood fro Dollar tree storage makeover

Gluing wood to Dollar Tree storage drawers

Industrial farmhouse dollar tree storage makeover

Industrial farmhouse dollar tree storage makeover

Industrial Farmhouse Dollar Tree storage makeover

Dollar Tree storage drawer makeover

I'm pretty in love with the industrial farmhouse style of these little drawers.  I don't know about you, but I think it's pretty hard to tell they originally came from the Dollar Tree.  What do you think?

Are you on Instagram?  Do you love Dollar store makeovers?  I'll be sharing all my Dollar Store DIY's using hashtag #DollarStoreDIY and would LOVE to see your transformations as well.  Just use the hashtag and I'll be sharing a few of my favorites!






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18 comments:

  1. These are amazing! Awesome job, girl!

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  2. Well done. They would be a great gift for some people I know. Thanks, tanya

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  3. Amazing! They look so good. I will definitely be doing this project. Thank you for all your great ideas.

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  4. What an amazing idea and so timely too! I'm in the process of moving my home office and looking at inexpensive storage solutions that function well but look great on display. Pinning to bookmark and share - thank you for the inspiration!

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  5. This is incredible! You've got me inspired to try something similar with an old 2-drawer rolling cart collecting dust in our basement.

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  6. This looks amazing! What great inspiration, thanks so much!

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  7. Would these hold recipe cards? Going to shop these and wonder what size the actual drawer is? Such a great idea!! Would love to donate all my recipe books that I never use, except for maybe a couple of ideas out of each one. Clear the clutter!! Thanks

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    1. Unfortunately, they are not large enough to hold recipes, but that would have been a great idea! The drawers measure roughly 3 x 4 1/2 if that helps.

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  8. These are great! One question though, did you have trouble adhering the balsa wood to the sides so as not to interfere with the opening/closing of the drawers?

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    1. No, not at all! The drawers have a little opening in the sides that was the perfect size for the balsa wood to slip into. I added glue to the top and bottom of the wood, slipped it in the opening then added the drawers once everything was dry. I hope that helps :)

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  9. KATIE!!! I LOVE these. I've already pinned them, but I'll pin them again! lol. I'm featuring them at the Creative Gallery party tomorrow night. LOVE that you added the wood on the sides too - such a nice touch!

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    1. Thanks girl! I really appreciate the feature and all the shares :)

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  10. So very clever, inexpensive, beautiful AND functional. Can't beat it! Pinning :)

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  11. That is quite brilliant!! Truly amazing that you could transform plastic to look like it could be center stage!

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  12. What an awesome idea! If it ever warms up here in Michigan, I think I'm going to try this on a set of drawers I already have.

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  13. OMG that is freakin brilliant!! I love it! Gonna have to do this!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away
    www.askawayblog.com

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  14. These are absolutely amazeballs. I would NEVER have guessed that they started out as dollar store plastic drawers! Great job.

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  15. What a great idea! I've pinned this for future reference. Well done!

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