Remember this thrift store dresser from my last post? I picked it up for next to nothing and turned it into a great piece for our cottage.When I was done, I had 4 drawers left over from the bottom where I had made the cubbies and wanted to make something unique and not waste them. After playing around with them I found that they were the perfect size and height to build a nice, tall, vertical shelf.
In order to get the stack of drawers off of the ground, I added legs to the bottom drawer. I found these lovely legs at Home Depot, and, even though I would have preferred to use something upcycled, they were the perfect size and height.
Tip: Add legs by marking and drilling 4 holes. Add a little wood glue into the hole and screw in the legs. Turn over and once they are level, leave to dry.
I wanted to not only keep the unique look of the rustic drawers (splits in the wood and all) but wanted to define each one by using a different colour. I chose Country Chic Paint in Midnight Sky and created an Ombre effect.
To create the Ombre effect, I began by painting the bottom drawer with the Midnight Sky exactly as it came. For each drawer then going up, I made it a little lighter in colour by adding more and more white/cream paint to the blue.
After each drawer was painted in its own unique shade of blue, I attached the drawers together with some wood glue and screws to make the whole shelf come together. Tip: Add the screws from the top of one drawer/shelf up in to the bottom of the next drawer/shelf. Going up with the screws instead of down will not only add strength but will hide the screws on the inside of each shelf where you won’t see them. I love how the differing shades of blue really defined each drawer/shelf when they were all painted and stacked.
I finished the piece off with some light distressing and a coat of Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil. I am so excited that I was able to use every part of my thrift store dresser and love how the shelf came together. The 4 drawers, made a perfect shelf for a small, narrow spot that needed some extra storage and they the were given a new life which just some paint and a little hardware. How much better does it get than that? Check out another shelf I made out of drawers here…