Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DIY Drawer Dividers (using what you've got!)

When I gave Henry's bedroom dresser/hutch a makeover (read all about it HERE), his drawers were also in much need of a purge and sort session! Out went the winter and too-small clothes, and his new three-year-old summer wardrobe got moved to lower drawers so that he can get to them himself. In our old setup, we used canvas bins to hold everything from socks to hats to shoes; but in this latest transformation, those bins were no longer needed!

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However, it didn't take me long to go a little crazy with all of H's little socks and shoes and "accessories" floating around in a single drawer. While my gut was to add a drawer organizer to my post-Lent shopping list, I knew I could DIY my own version from things I had around the house!

I started by measuring the internal dimensions of Henry's top left drawer - measure these dimensions exact here, you want these to fit snug so they stand up straight and don't move. I then cut out two rectangles from some variegated cardboard I had leftover from a few other projects. My rectangles were 6" high (almost the same height as the drawer); and then one rectangle was cut to the drawers depth and one cut to the drawers width.

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To make this a super simple project, I could have just popped these into his drawer and called it a day, but I had a tiny bit of green striped contact paper leftover from THIS project that I decided to give the drawer a fun little pop of pattern. My method for covering things like this is pretty simple. Start by cutting a rectangle sheet of contact paper about 1" wider and 1" taller than the cardboard rectangle. Notch out the corners with a scissors and fold the ends over to the other side of the rectangle.

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Next, cut a rectangle about 1/2" shorter than the height and width of the cardboard rectangle and lay it over the backside of the rectangle to cover up the folds from the first side.

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Next, find the center of each rectangle and cut a slit half-way into the board. Insert one rectangle into the other and adjust your cuts (as necessary) so the two rectangles end up the same height.

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If you measured right, the cardboard dividers should squeeze right in and stay in place without a problem!

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The last step is to load it up and enjoy some order where there was previously chaos!!

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Sometimes little projects like these can make such a huge difference. This little update cost me nothing and took about 10 minutes. So simple for added connivence in every day things like putting laundry away and quickly finding socks and shoes when it's time to go!

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Just an FYI - my original plan was to line all the drawers in this hutch in this same green and white paper - you know me, I love having pattern in my drawers, so I hate posting these pics without it! I thought I had enough contact paper but discovered (after this project) my roll was lighter than I thought and I only had enough for one drawer - shucks. Before I used up that last little section, I decided to wait and see if I could find more or find another pattern that will work with his room color scheme. To be continued on that front I guess!

I'm hosting Easter this year and there isn't a lick of Easter or Spring decor around here - time for me to get on that. I hope to have a Spring update for you here by the end of the week. See you then!


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