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How to Fix Broken Drawers the Quick and Dirty Way

Nothing irritates me more than a wonky drawer. It drives me batty. We have a cheap little cupboard with 5 drawers down at our holiday home and since day dot those drawers have been the bane of my life. I can’t tell you how many times we tried to fix them. We added new slides, replaced the back, but it didn’t make One.Single.Iota of difference. I was this close to using that thing for firewood when my hubby came up with a quick and dirty plan that fixed those broken drawers once and for all.

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Here’s how those silly drawers looked before we, errrhhhm I mean the hubby 😉 came up with that plan.

The broken drawers before we fixed them so they never fall or wobble again. #Tipsandtricks #acraftymix #brokendrawers #quickfix #easyDIYfix

Horrible things. Okay, maybe I’m being too harsh on that poor cupboard. It’s not entirely her fault. The humidity at the coast plays havoc with cheap wood and makes it bend and buckle. And when it came to that cupboard the humidity had made one of her sides bulge in a most unflattering way.

The humidity was playing havoc with the cheap cupboard. #Tipsandtricks #acraftymix #brokendrawers #quickfix #easyDIYfix

Which meant that no matter what we tried she would always lose her drawers 😉 So if you have a cupboard that suffers from the same problem, I thought I’d share the hubby’s quick and dirty trick. Warning. It’s not pretty!!! Well from the outside it is……

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……….the inside, bleh not so much, but it sure worked like a charm. And you know what? I don’t care. No-one sees the inside unless they’re packing something away, and the drawers will be forever beautifully aligned. Plus, we still have that storage space that our small holiday home needs. And the best bit, we used salvage pieces of the drawers to fix her too. So not only did the fix work, it hardly cost us a thing except a little time and a few metal strips with holes 😉

How to Fix Broken Drawers – The Quick & Dirty Way

The first thing we did was remove all the drawers and take them apart.

Taking the drawers apart to be reused as the fix. #Tipsandtricks #acraftymix #brokendrawers #quickfix #easyDIYfix

The front, back, and bottom of the drawers are made of pressed wood and the sides were plastic. Told you she was cheap 😉

Taking the drawer fronts off. #Tipsandtricks #acraftymix #brokendrawers #quickfix #easyDIYfix

I saved the drawer fronts since I’d spent a lot of time painting her way back when. That was my first feeble attempt at hiding the fact that she was bent, battered, wonky, and broken.

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The drawer fronts were lined up neatly and glued together to form one big piece. Perforated metal strips with holes were screwed on to join all the drawer fronts together.

Flat metal strips with perforated holes were used to join the drawer fronts together. #brokendrawers #tipsandtricks #acraftmix

And to make sure the whole thing stayed together, the drawer backs were screwed on top of the joined drawers.

For extra strength the drawer backs were added to join the drawer fronts together. #brokendrawers #tipsandtricks #acraftmix

At this stage, the back of the “drawer door” looked like it could be used in Fort Knox 😀 Oh well, as they say in the classics “There’s nothing that a little paint won’t fix“. So we sprayed the back of the door black to help disguise the quick and dirty fix and then hung it on that little cupboard with two hinges.

The not so pretty inside view, but our dirty plan worked.#Tipsandtricks #acraftymix #brokendrawers #quickfix #easyDIYfix

It’s still a little Fort Knoxish, but I’m okay with that. Maybe one day we’ll put one big piece of wood on the back, but for now, I’m just soooooo happy she lost those wobbly drawers. We added some shelves on the inside and voila; that cupboard with her broken drawers was fixed and ready for a game of hide and go seek 😀

And we still have all that beautiful storage. #Tipsandtricks #acraftymix #brokendrawers #quickfix #easyDIYfix

Or to store all those things a holiday home needs.

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When the doors are closed you’d never say that those drawers were once broken and wonky.

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Now I can enjoy all the original artwork on the gallery wall instead of focusing on the eyesore she used to be. Like these gorgeous lithographs that we found in the Midlands.

Beautiful one of a kind litho prints that we found at a small gallery in the Midlands of South Africa

And the Egyptian cartouche we made a little while back.

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Even Mozart up there in the top right seems to be smiling now that she’s been fixed.

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Our pallet scrap artwork can rest easy on top of the cupboard.

Now the cupboard can be used to display our collection of artwork and I don't have to worry about broken drawers ever again. #Tipsandtricks #acraftymix #brokendrawers #quickfix #easyDIYfix

Along with the magical urn that we turned into a lamp. Sometimes a quick and dirty fix is all you need to restore balance 😉

How to fix broken drawers so they NEVER wobble or fall off the railing again. A quick and easy trick that's guaranteed to work. #Tipsandtricks #acraftymix #brokendrawers #quickfix #easyDIYfix
If you have one of those cupboards with broken drawers that need a quick facelift, don’t forget to pin it for later.

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As always, wishing you a beautiful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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  • Posted: October 9, 2019 09:42


    That was a creative solution to your problem! I love all the different things on your blog. The suitcase dresser is nice too.
    • Posted: October 9, 2019 12:26


      Thanks so much Kristie 😍 That suitcase dresser still makes me smile every morning when I get dressed
  • Posted: September 19, 2019 13:02


    Michelle, Thanks so much for stopping by!! I do love my weeping mortar even if it does mean that the construction guys were just too lazy to clean the mortar off after laying the brick! LOL!! I really do not know why those marigolds are doing so well....We haven't had as much rain as we did last year...I do not know if that is why...But I will hang on to them as long as possible and then replace them with mums.... This is a stunning cupboard!! Really pretty! Hugs, Deb
    • Posted: September 21, 2019 04:31


      I'm sure it's going to look gorgeous as always Debbie and I'm so glad you like the cupboard too. At the end of the day, she was worth saving
  • Posted: September 16, 2019 11:14

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    What a clever fix for those wonky drawers! That would drive me crazy too! Your little hide and go seeker is adorable!
    • Posted: September 16, 2019 12:38


      That hubby of mine is a clever man. He comes up with some seriously good ideas and I agree. Our little Hide and Go Seeker is adorable with her curls and naughty smile.
  • Posted: September 6, 2019 05:43


    Michelle this is simply brilliant. I have one dresser that stores paper in my office that is oh so pretty, if and I mean IF, I can get the drawers unstuck. Its in a cold damp basement office and you described my feelings exactly! Love this fix.
    • Posted: September 6, 2019 06:05


      It's so frustrating right?! Those pretty dressers and cupboards with wonky drawers become like the white elephant in the room. I seriously wanted to burn ours but since we didn't have the money to buy a new one, I'm real glad the hubby came up with his plan.
  • Posted: August 28, 2019 20:06


    So stinking smart, I love it, but I'm sorry, your adorable hide and go seeker stole the show. Lovely furniture, but what a cutie!!
    • Posted: August 29, 2019 05:42


      Isn't she just the cutest. Rory is one of my favorite little people ever. Her Mom's an amazing photographer and she snapped that piccy for us when they were down on holiday there. So precious
  • Posted: August 28, 2019 11:44


    That was a very clever repair although it was so unexpected. At least you got to keep your beloved dresser and keep the storage. Shaun is a genius!!
    • Posted: August 28, 2019 12:04


      He's a very clever man that hubby of mine 😍
  • Posted: August 28, 2019 08:01


    I wasn't expecting that for sure! Wonky drawers are a nightmare but hubby's solution is so smart. What a great idea to save that cupboard adding the shelves inside
    • Posted: August 28, 2019 09:16


      Right!!! He comes up with the best plans
  • Posted: August 26, 2019 15:24


    LOL I would have thrown it out long time ago. Good save and I love the way you've decorated around the cupboard. So eclectic and interesting
    • Posted: August 26, 2019 15:28


      That thing cupboard, Aaaaaiiiii 🙄 but we do love to upcycle so she was a good challenge and I'm glad we tried to save her one last time.
  • Posted: August 26, 2019 15:03


    Absolutely genius idea! Love it.
    • Posted: August 26, 2019 15:10


      Thank you Mandolin 😍 😍 😍
  • Posted: August 26, 2019 14:48


    Ahh another genius idea! Now you don't have to deal with those annoying drawers anymore, but don't have to give up the look of them either!
    • Posted: August 26, 2019 15:12


      Those drawers were driving me bonkers Katrin 😂 I'm so glad the hubby came up with the plan so we could save her from the bonfire.

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