This Customizable DIY Dresser Drawer Bookshelf Is Just What Your Wall Needs

published Feb 10, 2016
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Reuse old dresser drawers to create a bookshelf installation like Mike and Kate’s! The couple found free dressers on Craigslist and used the drawers to transform an empty wall in their Chicago home.

(Image credit: Brittany Purlee)

What You Need


  • dresser drawers (preferably dovetailed)
  • paint
  • wall mounting hardware


  • measuring tape
  • hammer
  • drill


From Kate:

I’m sure the drawer bookshelf has been done before, but the thought to do it was not from Pinterest or anything. Every once in a while I will get a creative innovation in my mind and ask my husband to execute it.

I turned to Craigslist and found free dressers, took the drawers, and trashed the dressers themselves (don’t worry—they were really ugly). I made sure to mainly get dovetailed drawers because I wanted to be sure they would be sturdy enough to hold my books. We got the whole mess of them home and Mike laid them out on the kitchen floor using the measurements of the wall we hoped to install them on. Next, he painted them all the same color as our trim and mounted them on the wall. I came home to find that he had color-coded our books and styled them himself. I really love how it turned out—it is an excellent way to display all of our books and treasures.
(Image credit: Brittany Purlee)

Thanks, Kate & Mike!

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