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Shelves are a great way to get organized and get stuff off your work space. Shelves are also a great way to display your collections or store items you want close at hand.

1) The Bread Box Shelf

The shelf picked to the left is one that we converted from an old bread box. We removed the hinged lid and positioned it on the wall so the indents from the hinges were not visible.
This project also works great with vintage consumer products crates with retro graphics.

To easily and inexpensively attach this to your wall (or in our case, the side of our cupboard) we used a flush mount. I buy them for $1 at Big Lots, a bargain outlet if you’re not familiar.

2) Dresser Drawer Made into Shelves

A few summers ago we came across an old dresser out to the curb. It was damaged but salvageable. We were not able to fit the whole dresser into our car so we took as many drawers as we could.
It sat in our garage until inspiration struck. I pulled apart the dovetailed drawer front of the smallest drawer and added hooks for one side of our front hall closet. With a larger drawer front, I made a shelf with a bar underneath. The largest drawer front I used to make a deep shelf across the back of the closet.
As you can see, the closet has beautifully matching wood, repurposed for a useful, inexpensive outcome.

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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