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A gift from a friend of eight old worn card catalogue drawer fronts inspired this project. Another friend suggested we make shelves with them, so that’s what we did! The floating shelves were not initially designed to have a secret storage space, but towards the end of the build we realized we had the perfect opportunity to build in a secret compartment. Ours will hold a secret stash of candy!
It was at this point that we realized that we could actually make a hidden compartment in the shelf. We brainstormed some ideas on how to attach the front and decided to use rare earth magnets attached to both the shelf frame and front as a way to open and close the box securely. Here Steph is marking the placement of the magnets on the box frame.
We got a chance to try out the Bosch laser level when we got ready to put everything up on the wall. This comes with a base, but you can also attach it to any tripod with a camera mount. The cool thing about it is the self-leveling feature. Even if the tripod is not level, the Bosch will self-level itself!
These little rustic floating shelves turned out so well. They are such a perfect addition to Steph’s living room decor that they look like they should have always been there.
We debated about cleaning up the drawer fronts with sanding and stain but decided to just cosmetically clean them and embrace their time worn character. The secret compartment was a happy accident and the use of the rare earth magnets made it possible.
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2/7/2018 12:48:19 pm
Brilliant idea! Glad you found a use for them! AND, they aren't in my garage any longer👍
2/10/2018 06:04:54 pm
Thanks for the drawer fronts Claudia- they really inspired us!
2/8/2018 12:12:03 pm
This is such a great idea - I have 4 small drawers from my mother's old spice cabinet, and this idea has given me a great idea how to use them, independent of the cabinet! Thanks so much.
2/10/2018 06:06:16 pm
Hey Jacquie- happy to help! Good luck with your project!
2/15/2018 10:13:58 am
Love this idea! Would like to try it, but I can’t ‘Pin’ it. Any ideas?
2/15/2018 02:25:38 pm
Hi Fran! Here is a link to the pin on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/568860996676567751/
LAWRENCE W DUBREUIL
5/16/2018 10:56:09 am
could you use a Hinge at one end or bottom when you want to access the contents inside?
5/16/2018 06:03:50 pm
Yes! That would work great too.
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