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Index card drawer make over


What a treat to discover these at Junk & Disorderly. They were a challenge as the drawers looked like they needed a lot of work and they had obvious signs of bora.


It transpired the drawers had been taken out and put back in - in the wrong order.

So once they were re-arranged it made the drawers easier to work with.


The drawers are just waiting for new and exciting items to live in them!

What a treat to find these labels!

The first job was to take the metal labels off so I could sand the drawers.

It always helps to have the right tools on hand.

They came off easily enough, so I could get on with sanding.


The metal label holders were pretty rusty,

so I soaked them in a rust removal solution while I got on with other jobs.

The drawer unit had a pretty bad bow in it, and the drawers were drooping.

So we took the back off and added extra support.

It helped a little with the bowing, but we knew it wasn't going to fix it entirely.

A new back was put on at the same time.

It also gave me the opportunity to give the inside a pretty good clean out!

I sprayed the metal labels with black paint and used Annie Sloan chalk paint which I always buy from the amazing Madder & Rouge, to paint the unit.

I didn't want the bora holes to show through, so they were all filled (it took awhile!).

And then I went crazy! I was only going to do a bit with them.....


But I couldn't stop myself! Especially as I love my new stamp from

I also used dress pattern paper, paints and other rubber stamps to decorate the unit.

I absolutely loved just playing with the drawers.

Now I have to decide what to put in the drawers!

A massive thanks as always, to my woodworking teacher Mr G, for all his help.


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Karla Hull
Karla Hull
2023年9月10日

Beautiful! The drawers are so deep and long you'll have a blast filling each of them. I LOVE the color, the 'rusted' labels that you fixed and all the delicious looking stamping! You rock. Mr. G's work is magnificent too. Thanks for sharing.

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Liz Constable
Liz Constable
2023年9月11日
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Oh thanks Karla! I know, I can't WAIT to begin filling them up!! Yes, Mr G is a master when it comes to working with wood. I am SO lucky to have his guidance!

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what a fun project! you did a fantastic job. the finish is your paper dying/bookmaking style in furniture form. enjoy the next phase of filling it up.

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Liz Constable
Liz Constable
2023年9月11日
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Thanks Sheryl, it was such fun to work in my usual way but with wood. So much fun indeed!!!

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Just love the draws, you have done amazing job and I am sure you are to find some yummy papers etc to put in them

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Liz Constable
Liz Constable
2023年9月10日
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Oh thank you Gaye! You'll be able to see them in real life next month!!!

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Hi Liz. Love what you’ve done with the draws. Also I ordered the fantastic Nick Bantock stamps too !!! It was through you that I ever heard about them so thank you. Ann x

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Liz Constable
Liz Constable
2023年9月10日
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Hi Ann, oh thank you. I loved doing these drawers up. Thanks for your feedback. And I'm so glad you're getting the Nick Bantock stamps too, I am a HUGE fan of his work! You'll have such fun with them. xx


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