Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Upcycled Tutorial - Drawer Repurposed into a Map Shelf - Xmas Gift Countdown Week 2



This week's easy peasy upcycled gift is a beautiful little shelf repurposed from an old drawer.

There are really countless things you can make shelves with, but an old drawer creates lots of little cubbies and crannies for your whatnots and the background can easily be fitted with something amazing!

(in this case a vintage map of Europe)

you will need: drawer, map, spray adhesive, scissors, tape measure, yardstick, hammer, sawtooth hangers

This is one of those measure twice, cut once projects - so measure your openings (easiest with a tape measure) and then mark and measure your map (easiest with a yardstick) - the idea is to have the map look like one solid piece when hanging so cut your interior pieces so they line up with each other.


Layout your cut pieces into the drawer and make any adjustments with your scissors or a razor knife. Remove your pieces. Spray your interior wood working from the top down. Lay out your paper (this stuff dries fast so work quickly, to adjust - lift and don't try to slide). When you have it positioned in the right place press it into place - I used an old VHS tape because ...

well, what else can we do with them ....

Add a couple sawtooth hangers to the back and you have a wonderful (and huge ... everyone loves big presents) gift for someone special.

(Note- if you decide to do this project and need a couple sawtooth hangers just drop me an email through the link at right and I will pop a couple in the mail to you at no cost - I have hundreds)



A series of these shelves on a wall would be amazing. To find a vintage map, check THIS link

8 comments:

KJ said...

What a great project. I love the map background. I have a really soft spot in my heart for maps. Now that I use GPS I think I will miss them.

atouchoflovely said...

This is an amazing idea! Love love love it! I need some shelving for my girls' rooms and now I know exactly how I'm going to do it!

Thanks for sharing!

Nine Red said...

I love this project! Drawers as shelves are so awesome.

laura evans/photography said...

i love this ... so simple & easy & looks gorgeous!

doforanimals said...

Very nice. I'm filing this away for a project to do when I come across an old drawer. Love that map background!

Isabel said...

what an awesome and great idea!!!:O)

g said...

Awesome... wow... nice n sweet.

Carmen Jimenez said...

I love this, Thank you very much for sharing!