Before & After: From Beige Dresser to Faux Card Catalog Bookcase

updated May 4, 2019
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(Image credit: Diane Hicks)

Our favorite before and after projects are the ones that are downright unrecognizable after being transformed, and this project certainly fits the bill! Diane and her husband came across this dresser for cheap at a thrift store and decided to make it look like a type of furniture Diane had always wanted — only more practical!

(Image credit: Diane Hicks)
(Image credit: Diane Hicks)

From Diane:

I’ve always loved the look of a card catalog but real ones always seemed impractical due to the drawer size. As we started redoing my office, I knew our current small bookcase would not work. We found a chest at a local thrift store and started converting it into a faux card catalog.

First, we removed the top two drawers and built a base for the bookcase. Then we used lattice to create the fronts of each card drawer. We applied each front with wood glue. Once we had all thirty fronts applied, we painted the cabinet and added all of the hardware. Using leftover fabric, we added a pop of color as the bookcase back.

What I love best about this bookcase is the practicality. We have plenty of space in three drawers (plus one’s a cedar chest!) and use of the bookcase aspect

Wow! What a functional transformation! See more of how this project was made on Diane’s blog.

Thank you Diane!