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.
Here’s how those silly drawers looked before we, errrhhhm I mean the hubby 😉 came up with that plan.
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.
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……
……….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.
The front, back, and bottom of the drawers are pressed wood, and the sides are plastic. Told you she was cheap 😉
I saved the drawer fronts since I’d spent a lot of time painting her way back when. My first feeble attempt at hiding the fact that she was bent, battered, wonky, and broken.
Turning the drawer fronts into a door
Line the drawer fronts up neatly and glue them together to form one big piece. We used perforated metal strips with holes and screwed them on over the joins for extra hold.
Those metal strips weren’t as strong as I hoped so we took a few of the drawer backs and screwed them on too 😀
At this stage, the back of the “drawer door” looked like it came from 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.
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 😀
Or to store all those things a holiday home needs.
When the doors are closed you’d never say that those drawers were once broken and wonky.
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.
And the Egyptian cartouche we made a little while back.
Even Mozart up there in the top right seems to be smiling now that she’s been fixed.
Our pallet scrap artwork can rest easy on top of the cupboard.
Along with the magical urn that we turned into a lamp. Sometimes a quick and dirty fix is all you need to restore balance 😉
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.