I’ve been trying to get creative thinking of ways to produce more functional storage in our home. Thanks to Pinterest, I didn’t have to think very hard. So taking a hint from a pin I saw, I decided that re-purposed dresser drawers on casters(so you don’t scratch the floor pulling them out from the bed) would be a great call. I just might be able to do this for everyone’s beds.
Here’s what you need:
Casters: (Mine were $2.97 each at Home Depot. They’re the 1 1/2″ rubber wheeled casters. You don’t need heavy duty ones because your drawer isn’t likely storing gold bricks or condensed lead)
Contact paper: (Any print will do, I picked up a roll from Wal-Mart, driven only by the clearance price of $3)
Sandpaper: (You’ll want a medium or fine grit. Anything between 120-150. Anything under 100 is considered a coarse grit)
Drawer Knobs: (Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Dollar Tree…the nicer ones will always be at Hobby Lobby but I picked up my plain nickel ones for $.99 each at Wal-Mart…NOT the pretty ones in the picture)
Drawers: Someone left their dresser and drawers at the side of the road for free99 so I was like, “I’m not above picking up their trash” and so my drawers cost me nothing but a 1/4 mile trip down the street.
I started off by lightly sanding the drawers, wiping down with a damp *lint free* cloth (you don’t want fuzzies in your paint) and then adding two coats of paint to the outside and inside of each drawer (except for the inside bottom-that will be covered in contact paper).
After it dried, I measured the inside of the drawer to get dimensions for the contact paper. I screwed in the knobs and attached my casters, then, once my contact paper was cut to size, I laid that down inside the bottom of the drawer.
I plan to store bulky winter socks in one of these (it’ll be right under my bed so I don’t have to hit the cold wood floor before getting fluffy cozy socks on!) and work out clothes in the other.
Now that they’re done (the whole process, once I had all the items, took me about 15 minutes for both drawers per coat of paint and a few minutes to measure and cut the contact paper, a couple more minutes to lay it in, and several minutes for the casters-seconds if you get instant wheels.
Total Time: 40 minutes
Now that they’re done, I really want to do one for underneath my coffee table so that I can store my bulky winter blankets I love to cuddle with!
Go play and let me know how you do!