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Use old drawers to build a new bookshelf
Take some old drawers, 4 wood legs and a little paint and build a shelf for any space in your home.

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  • How to make a shelf. Building A Shelf Out Of Drawers - Step 1
    Step 1

    I find old drawers all of the time on the side of the road or they are left over from dressers being upcycled. This project is a great way to reuse some of those left over drawers.

  • How to make a shelf. Building A Shelf Out Of Drawers - Step 2
    Step 2

    Decide which of your drawers will be the bottom one and attached four legs to it. I found these legs at Home Depot and they were relatively inexpensive. You could also use reclaimed legs.

    To attach the legs, drill a hole the size of the screw on the leg through the drawer face and then screw in the leg. For extra security, add a little wood glue to the hole.

  • How to make a shelf. Building A Shelf Out Of Drawers - Step 3
    Step 3

    Paint each of the drawers a varying shade of blue to get an ombre effect. Start with the darkest blue on the bottom and add a little white or cream coloured paint to the dark blue paint making each drawer a little lighter than the one below it.

  • How to make a shelf. Building A Shelf Out Of Drawers - Step 4
    Step 4

    Using wood glue, attach each drawer to the one below it making a stack of four drawers. For extra security, you can add screws between the layers of drawers so that they won't come apart.

  • How to make a shelf. Building A Shelf Out Of Drawers - Step 5
    Step 5

    Once your bookshelf is built and in place, use a screw to attach it to the wall and fill it with all of your beautiful collections.

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