Dresser to Shelves

My “craft closet” has been in some serious
need of organization.. I mean, it was really bad.
I’m glad I didn’t take a before picture of the
closet,because it may have been borderline embarrassing.
No worries, I did clean my craft closet up with a little
help from a beat up dresser…
I had this dresser in our garage for quite a while now, but
it was so beat up that I didn’t know what to do with it.
Until one day after struggling in the mess of a closet to
find glue sticks & almost breaking a finger,
I knew exactly what that dresser was going to be
used for, Some lovely organizing shelves…

The dresser before…

I wish I would have taken more before pictures, including one with
the drawers, but as you can see it was pretty beat up &
not worth saving for use as a dresser.

The top of the dresser was not salvageble, so it was beadboard to the
rescue! We had some leftover from our kitchen {you can see it here},
I stapled the beadboard to the top of the dresser, & caulked the seams.

After a lot more sanding,caulking,removing, & adding, I applied a
few fresh coats of white paint & the dresser part was done.
For the shelves, I measured the drawer space & had boards
cut for the shelves at lowes. I wrapped the shelves in burlap & stapled
the burlap on the wood….

 It fits perfectly in the office closet & this is just the beginning of
this closet getting organized…

I didn’t nail the shelves down to the dresser because they fit very tightly into
the space & it was’t necessary.

 Now for putting all of the stuff back in the closet…

 Those white drawers were going to be thrown away by a company,
but I knew that I could use them for something… They are now great
for organizing on my new dresser shelves.

On the top: My sewing machine, Glass containers, Glass vases for my
knob collection, some vintage key shadow boxes I made.

& the dresser has become a great place to set things that
I’m working on, or that don’t have a home yet…

On the shelves: Printer, books, fabric, craft supplies.
For storage I used my Birchboxes, drawers, & baskets.
Also do you see that lovely kaboodle? Very handy!

The size of the dresser is quite large & I still have room on the sides
for fabric & other large supplies.

Of course there are going to be lots of changes in this
little closet & you guys will be the first to know about
all the lovely little updates…

 I love how organized the closet is now! I want to add prettier shelving at
the top & making the closet more decorative so I can keep
the doors open & have it be more a part of the room.

I’m thinking of removing the closet doors & maybe adding some
curtains…. we shall see!

On the top of the closet for now, I am storing art work
& photos that I do not have a place for at the moment…

I hope you like my dresser turned into craft organizing shelves
for our office! It’s one of my favorite projects ever, just
because it gives me that joy of being organized & clutter free!

I would love to see what you guys think about this furniture re-do
comment below or write me on facebook or twitter.

I hope you all had a great weekend!!
Talk to you soon,

Liz Marie

ps. check out another post about the office here:

DIY Striped wall {here}

Day Bed Love {here}


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