Today’s Thrift Store Décor project is a Vintage Drawer Shelf —using an old dresser or vanity drawer to make a simple wall shelf that also looks nice sitting on a console table. It’s a fairly easy project, especially if you save a lot of scraps like I do.
I got this pretty vintage drawer from John’s booth at Vendors’ Village while I was there checking on my booth. He had several, but since I really didn’t have a project in mind for it, I just purchased one. That was a couple of months ago.
Remember when I said I don’t throw anything away? I purposely dismantle and save old parts such as these drawer parts from a cheap dresser. Notice how thin the wood is, much thinner than a 1×4—which would have looked out of place on this project. This piece fits right in with the original design of this drawer.
After a dry fit to make sure it fits perfectly . . .
. . . I secured it with my nail gun. Easy Peasy!
Time for paint. I used some really flat off-white oops paint and a cheap chip brush to do a quick coat of primer on it. (I removed the hardware while I painted)
While at SNAP conference I got some Deco Art Chalky Finish Paint. Again, I used the chip brush. I LOVE these brushes—they are my go-to because they clean up so quick and easy. I know a lot of people toss them, but I find the older the get the better they are. (after they quit shedding)
Here’s another great find at SNAP. When the conference shut down the Rust-oleum booth was like a “free-for-all”. Literally! I scooped up this Chalked Decorative Glaze and it’s quickly become my new best friend! You may remember I used it on the Blue DIY Entry Table in May. The Chalky Finish paint is very flat, and this smoked glaze does a fabulous job glazing AND sealing the original paint. I brushed the glaze on, then used a rag to wipe it back. You’ll be seeing this glaze in many more upcoming projects.
Watch my video of How To Glaze Painted Furniture
It’s a wall shelf, perfect for a small space like a power room or guest room.
It’s very petite and needs small items to display.
Not only is it a wall shelf, but it’s a perfect little piece to do some layering on a console table. I love how it turned out and now I’m wishing I had bought the other drawers in John’s booth.
Be sure to check out the awesome projects from my Thrift Store Décor Friends below:
Paint a Fabric Ottoman from Refresh Restyle
Blue Lamp Makeover from Our Southern Home
Butterfly Wreath from Petticoat JUNKtion
Gaudy Mirror gets a Makeover from Domestically Speaking
Vintage Drawer Shelf from My Repurposed Life
Picture Frames Transformed from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia