DIY Shelves ~ Easy How To On The Cheap

DIY Shelves

I am so thrilled with these DIY Shelves, that I may do more for other rooms!  I started out with 4 drawers from the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.  They don’t need to match in color, shape or size.  Just find some that are durable and get started.  These were only $2.99 each!

Check out my video for how to make these DIY Shelves.

  • Clean up the drawers and remove hardware
  • Sand them down if necessary
  • Saw off the bottom lip of the front facing of drawer (as seen in video) This is so all side of the bottom of the drawer are flush and it will lay flat against your wall.
  • Paint the drawers your desired color.  In some cases you may need to prime them first.
  • You can paint them all the same color or do like I did and paint the inside of the drawers the color of your wall.  This will give the illusion of floating shelves.
  • Find pieces of wood that you can hang your shelves on.  Mine were 1/2 inch thick so they fit flush with the bottom of drawers (see video)
  • Lay out the drawers on the ground to find positions you like.  When you find one you like, take a picture of it.  I guarantee you’ll forget the layout and it’s good to be able to refer back to it.
  • Cut the wood support pieces the length of each of your drawers, the way you plan to hang them.
  • Find the studs in your walls, or use wall anchors.
  • Secure wood supports, making sure they are level.
  • Place drawers on the supports and secure them with screws (Paint over screws if you need to hide them)  I still need to do this.

It’s that easy!  I knew I was going to like these, but after hanging them up, I LOVE them.

If you want, you can add decorative knobs and put them on the drawers.   I had some but ended up decided I liked the clean white lines better.  Another idea is to get decorative scrapbook paper and adhere it to the inside of the drawers.  Similar to my Dining room decor.

You can use these for books, pictures, CD’s or in a bathroom for toiletries for guests.  The possibilities are endless.

I’m still playing with the accessories in mine.  I think I need a taller clock to fill the space better.

What do you think?  Will you give it a try?

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