Wanna turn a plain-jane set of drawers into a card catalog-looking jewelry box?
By the way, I’m not just talking about the discontinued Ikea Moppe drawers I happened to use either – you could do it to any little set of drawers! I’ve seen some at Micheal’s and even the dollar store…you just have to think outside the box a bit!
So, I’ve had this little drawer unit on my dresser for ages. I used to use it for pens and pencils and scissors and such. My little drawers stayed plain for years. I gave them a quick coat of chalk paint last year just to perk them up. But I’ve never been totally happy with them. Then I needed somewhere to store my jewelry and these drawers were the perfect size. But they were so BORING!
But now look at all that chippy goodness!
I was going to sand the chalk paint off and stain the drawers. But a bout of sickness in our house sort of left me behind on many things. Pooh! So I looked around and spotted our Pottery Barn Ledge and decided that would make the perfect finish for my little set of drawers.
If you follow us on twitter, you know we were perusing Lee Valley Tools the other night. We were looking for card catalog pulls. But all the ones I liked were too expensive – and I didn’t want to spend much on this project. Enter some creativity on my hubby’s part; why not combine a label holder and a drawer pull to make a card catalog pull look-alike? That man is brilliant I tell ya!
- Small set of drawers, nightstand, etc.
- Craft paint in black and burnt umber (Plaid/Folk Art)
- Crackle medium (DecoArt)
- Light grey paint (we used Analytical Grey by Sherwin Williams)
- Paint brush (Purdy)
- Metal ruler or scraper
- Adhesive metal bookplate (these from Staples/Martha Stewart)
- Handles (we used these from Lee Valley)
- Lint free white cloth/rag
- Natural and Dark Finishing Paste Wax (Minwax)
- Ink pen
1. Paint each drawer front and the main unit with a thin coat of black paint. Let dry. You just want enough to show through when you distress the drawers. (If you happen to be using the Moppe drawers just turn them around backwards to hide the little finger cut out.)
2. Randomly paint with the burnt umber. Let dry. This just adds some interest to the distressing.
3. Using a large brush with large sweeping motions brush the crackle medium all over. Let dry.
4. Now paint over the crackle with the grey paint. Let dry.
5. Distress. Using a metal ruler or scraper, roughly chip off paint where desired. Using sandpaper, sand edges.
6. Using a clean rag randomly rub dark wax in a few places. Then using the natural wax, wax the entire piece. (Now Shown)
7. Drill holes and screw a handle to each drawer.
8. Remove adhesive backing and attach bookplates to each drawer. Add labels – and voila!
I love it, don’t you?!
What do you think of our little card catalog-looking jewelry box? Can you think of a piece to turn into a card catalog look alike?