Decorating Quick Tip | Old Drawer Turned Wall Storage

Quick Tip #54: Old Drawer Wall Storage

Let’s continue with our “cool things to do with old drawers” Decor Quick Tip miniseries, shall we? As mentioned previously, this is but one of the many clever and quirky dresser drawer DIY ideas we’ve stumbled across. We are really enjoying this playful series! Be sure to check out the previous drawer tips, “Old Drawer Turned Table”, “Under Bed Drawer Storage” and “Old Drawer Turned Tray” … just in case you missed it.

#54  Looking for a fun way to add additional storage to your space? Why not repurpose an old and unwanted dresser drawer into upcycled wall storage. Attach the bottom of your drawer (or a grouping of drawers) to the wall to create a quirky and eye-catching wall shelf. You can use it to display decorative items or as a catch-all storage for everyday things like keys and letters. To further enhance your drawer’s appeal give it a lick of bright paint and apply an attractive wallpaper or wrapping paper to the inside of the drawer bottom. For a slightly different effect, attach the back of a drawer to the wall to create a cantilevered wall box – drawer front and handle facing out. Use it to store and display books, plants, or even toiletries and towels in the bathroom. It can even serve as quirky bedside storage (as shown above).

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Decorating Quick Tip | Old Drawer Turned Tray

Quick Tip #53: Old Drawer Turned Tray

Today we continue our “awesome stuff to do with old drawers” Decor Quick Tip miniseries. As I mentioned previously, we have found many of these clever and unusual dresser drawer DIY ideas. These tips are so quirky and playful, we are really enjoying the series thus far! Be sure to check out the previous drawer tips, “Old Drawer Turned Table” and “Under Bed Drawer Storage“… just in case you missed it.

#53  Looking for a quick and easy DIY weekend project? Repurpose an old and unwanted dresser drawer into an upcycled storage tray. Both functional and decorative, it is perfect for creating a decorative coffee table vignette or to serve as a quirky drinks tray. Choose your drawer wisely. For this particular DIY undertaking a shallow, box-like drawer (i.e. a drawer without an overlapping drawer front) will work best. Give your drawer a bright lick of paint or leave it natural or distressed if you prefer a rustic or Shabby Chic style. Add an interesting knob or handle that will complement your chosen style. 

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Decorating Quick Tip | Old Drawer Turned Table

Quick Tip #52: Old Drawer Turned Table

Last year we concluded 2017’s Decor Quick Tips on a high note. For those who can recall, it was the very fun idea of transforming old dresser drawers into quirky under-bed storage units. I have since stumbled upon so many clever DIY ideas on things to do with old dresser drawers – enough to keep us knee-deep in interesting tips for a good few months! So, without further ado, here is the latest playful tip in our “awesome stuff to do with old drawers” Decor Quick Tip miniseries…

#52  Have any old and unwanted dresser drawers gathering dust in the shed? Hold a sec before you toss it! Why not repurpose that old drawer into a quirky side table. All you have to do is attach some salvaged legs to the bottom of your drawer (even the folding legs of a TV tray would work). The style of your upcycled table will take cue from the drawer and legs you choose to use. Attach some tapering wooden cone legs for a Mid-century feel or use metal filing drawers for a more Industrial look. Give your drawer a fresh coat of paint or leave it natural or distressed if that is your chosen style. Choose a knob or handle that will complement your chosen table legs. 

Images Sources: The Driftwood HomeDecor Viva! & Happy Together.

Decorating Quick Tip - Under bed Drawer Storage

Quick Tip #51: Under Bed Drawer Storage

I recently stumbled upon some pretty clever and quirky DIY ideas on things to do with old dresser drawers. Of course I immediately thought about turning all these interesting and playful ideas into another Decor Quick Tip miniseries….

#51  Need a bit of extra storage in the bedroom? A great and rarely-used space to stow some additional items is under the bed. Repurpose old or unwanted dresser drawers or crates to create a clever and quirky under the bed roll-out storage bin. Simply give your drawer a bright lick of paint (or leave it natural or distressed if that is your chosen style) and choose a pretty knob or handle if your drawer does not already have one. Finally, attach four castors to the bottom of your drawer in order for it to slide easily from under the bed. Now you have a tuck-away storage unit – perfect for linen, shoes, or toys.Read More »

10 Amazingly Simple Hacks to Organise Your Kitchen

by Marica Fick

If you have a small kitchen adequate storage space is luxury. It is therefore paramount to keep your kitchen counters and cabinets organised to maximise space and minimise clutter.

Luckily this does not have to be a complicated or expensive exercise. With a bit of ingenuity and the use of few unusual repurposed items you can turn your kitchen chaos into organised calm.

Here are ten clever “hacks” to help you organise your kitchen:

10 Hacks to Organise Your Kitchen: Kitchen Tray Vignette

source: Damernas Värld

Hack 1: Keep the Clutter Contained with a Tray

Kitchen counter clutter happens. While it would be awesome to keep everything out of sight and tucked away in a drawer or cabinet, there are certain things that will probably reside on your counter permanently.

The ideal organisational solution for these counter-top items is to group them unto a beautiful tray. Trays have this magic ability to make a jumble look like a well thought through and unified decorative feature. You are creating little kitchen “vignettes” so to speak.

10 Hacks to Organise Your Kitchen: Stylish Dish Soap Dispensersource: Miss Mustard Seed

Hack 2: Beautify the Sink with Some Soap Dispensers

Keep the kitchen sink looking neat and clutter-free by storing the brightly coloured dish soap bottle and scrubbing tools under your sink.

If you however prefer to keep them close at hand you can do what Marian, aka Miss Mustard Seed, did in her lovely farmhouse kitchen. Purchase a couple of pretty soap dispensers with a pump nozzle that will compliment your kitchen decor. One dispenser can contain your dish soap the other your hand soap. The big plastic soap bottles are kept hidden under the sink allowing you to refill the dispensers as needed.

10 Hacks to Organise Your Kitchen: Coffee Cup Hookssource: I Heart Organizing

Hack 3: Create More Shelf Space – Hook It

Are your coffee cup shelves overflowing with mugs, one precariously stacked upon another? That is definitely not an ideal storage solution and stacking can often lead to cracking and chips.

What your cabinet needs is some inexpensive hooks. Simply screw in a couple of rows of hooks to the underside of your cabinet shelves (side note – aren’t these copper hooks used by I Heart Organizing so pretty?). Now you can hang your cups on the hooks for quick and easy usage. Furthermore, the hooks free up some space on the shelf below. The perfect space to store your smaller cups or saucers – and no more stacking!

10 Hacks to Organise Your Kitchen: Extra Cabinet Shelvessource: The Container Store

Hack 4: Double Cabinet Space with Shelf Risers

Are you always in search of more kitchen shelf space? Sometimes shelves are built so far apart that one has to stack and pile your various crockery and dishes on top of each other in order to get the maximum storage out of your cabinets. This often leads to quite a mess if the specific item you are looking for is at the bottom of the pile. Sigh – imagine all that staking and re-stacking.

An easy way to add more space without going through the trouble of having more wooden shelves put in is to use metal shelf-risers or under-shelf baskets. Both these items allow you to add an additional “layer” for storage inside you cabinet without directly stacking the items on top of one another.

Hack 5: Organise Those Plastic Bags

Do you also have a drawer crammed with plastic shopping bags? Or one big plastic bag stuffed with all the others? What you need is a nifty plastic bag dispenser. You can make your own using baby wipes / wet wipes dispensers or empty coffee cans (imagine how many plastic bags you can fit into one of those big Ricoffy cans). If you are using a coffee can instead of a wipe dispenser, just make some cuts in coffee can’s plastic lid to pull the bags through.

There is even a special way to roll and insert the plastic bag into your container that it will give you a continuous feed of bags (see video above).

10 Hacks to Organise Your Kitchen: Drawer Organizer

source: Apartment Therapy  |  photo: Rachel Jacks

10 Hacks to Organise Your Kitchen: DIY Drawer Organizer

source: Modish & Main

Hack 6: Box the Junk Drawer

We all have that one kitchen drawer. You know the one – filled to the brim with a tangle of odds and ends – anything from tape to batteries. Then there is the drawer containing all the awkwardly-shaped oversized utensils and gadgets – your braai tongs, whisks, etc. Those drawers are often such a jumble one has search and scratch for what you need.

While drawer organisers would be the perfect answer to keep the mess at bay, the divisions and size of your standard cutlery trays won’t be able to cope with all the items in your jumble drawer.

The best solutions would be to make your own drawer organiser. It does not have to be overly complicated – you can use different sized boxes or containers (I find empty chocolate boxes quite handy – those plastic Ferrero Rocher boxes especially). Or, if you are handy, you can try making your own wooden drawer organiser as shown in this DIY tutorial by Apartment Therapy: here.

10 Hacks to Organise Your Kitchen: More Eggs In Fridge

source: Raising Up Rubies

Hack 7: Replace the Egg Tray with a Basket

Just like the above-mentioned kitchen drawer, the inside of your fridge can often be another organisational nightmare. Jars, produce, and leftovers stacked all higgledy-piggledy and that one suspect-looking container in the back with rarely used foodstuffs that may already have expired. Yuck! Creating order with some plastic baskets is a must.

If you are a Banter or the like and regularly use a whole lot of eggs, you probably find the egg rack in your fridge on the small side. Jaime from Raising Up Rubies found a fun solution to increase her egg storage. She replaced the standard 12-egg rack in her fridge with a quirky red wire basket. Not only does it look lovely, it also allows for a great deal more eggs.

10 Hacks to Organise Your Kitchen: Kitchen Door Organizersource: The Wandmaker’s Mother

Hack 8: Magazine Organiser Turned Cabinet Door Storage

Reclaim some much needed drawer and cabinet space by fixing a magazine organiser to the inside of a cabinet door. It is the perfect tool to house things like rolls of cling-film and tinfoil or your various chopping boards and smaller trays.

10 Hacks to Organise Your Kitchen: CD Rack Tupperware Organizersource: Better Homes & Gardens

Hack 9: CD Rack Turned Tupperware Storage

The Tupperware cupboard is always a mess, right? So many lids and plastic containers jumbled together. And somehow one can never find the correct container lid when you need to! Well, this clever hack will allow you to store your Tupperware lids in such a way that you will never need to scratch again.

Do you have an old CD rack lying around? Repurpose it as a handy lid organising tool. Just insert it into your Tupperware drawer or cabinet and stack your lids by size and shape.

10 Hacks to Organise Your Kitchen: Pantry Baskets

source: A Bowl Full of Lemons

Hack 10: Basket & Label Your Pantry

A disorganised pantry can be a kitchen nightmare. Maximise the space in your pantry with labelled baskets, plastic containers and big glass jars. Group similar items together in one basket or bin. Big glass coffee or pickle jars make for excellent storage containers for baking goods like flour, sugar or grains – you can even stow your various dry pasta in them.

Not only would you pantry shelves look much neater and pretty it will also be much easier to find something in a flash.

Quick Tip #50: Glass Storage Jars

Today we continue our “cool things to do with glass jars” Decor Quick Tip miniseries in which we focus on quick and easy ideas pertaining to the good ole fashioned Mason jar, a.k.a. Ball jar or Consol jar (as we call them in South Africa). If you have missed out on the first two tips in this series you can check them out: here & here.

#50  Looking for some counter-top storage ideas for your all your odds and ends? Just save some glass jars from the recycling bin to create your own pretty glass storage jars. All you will need is a few different sized glass jars (with lids), spray-paint, and then something to use as your jar’s knob or handle. It can be anything from pretty ceramic or crystal dresser knobs to quirky and cute plastic animals or miniature toys. These storage jars are perfect for a bathroom vanity or bedroom dresser, or use them to store stationery or sweets.

See a step-by-step DIY: here & here.


Vandag gaan ons voort met ons “cool dinge om met glasflesse te maak” Quick Tip miniseries. Die series fokus op vinnige en maklike idees met betrekking tot die outydse “Mason” flesse, ook bekend as Ball flesse of Consol flesse (soos ons dit hier in Suid-Afrika noem). Het jy ons eerste twee wenke van die series gemis? Gaan kyk na die wenke: hier & hier.

#50  Is jy op soek na ‘n paar slim bêre-idees vir al jou toonbank ditjies en datjies? Red ‘n paar glasflesse uit die herwin-drom om jou eie mooi glasfles bêrehouers te maak. Al wat jy nodig het is ‘n paar verskillende grootte glasflesse (met deksels), spuit-verf, en dan iets om te gebruik as jou houer se handvatsel. Dit kan mooi keramiek of kristal knoppe wees, of selfs oulike plastiek dieretjies of miniatuur speelgoed. Hierdie glashouers is ideaal vir jou badkamer kassie of slaapkamer spieëltafel. Of gebruik dit om skryfbehoeftes of lekkers te stoor.

Sien ‘n stap-vir-stap DIY: hier & hier.