DIY // Card Catalog



Hello! Just wanted to show you a quick DIY project I was finally able to get done this weekend! I have been addicted to these card catalogs forever. I love the vintage look of these, and the wooden industrial style of them screams Katherine. Since Edmonton, is not the best place to find steals at the thrift store for these babies, I obviously looked into DIY-ing it myself.

  • boxes with drawers (mine from the dollar store you can find similar ones a Michaels or any craft store)
  • sand paper
  • wood stain I used Minwax in Provincial
  • rags
  • gloves
  • E-6000 or hot glue gun
  • drawer pulls
  • brads (if your drawer pulls didn't come with screws)

 So when I found these at the Dollarama, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them! I also knew I would not use the chalkboard side of the drawers, but fixed that easily by turning them around.

 I used 100 grit sand paper to lightly sand the edges and corners of all the drawers, to give it the vintage feel. I also sanded parts of the sides with the chalkboard because they would not close properly and were uneven when I turned them around. (I didn't have to do this to all of them)

The next step was to stain, make sure you're in a well ventilated area, and use gloves! All I did was dip a rag into the stain and wiped it on the wood making sure to go with the grain. I'm sure there is a more scientific way to do this, but I do what I do!

I stained all the pieces and let it sit outside to dry and air out. The smell of the stain is intense so make sure you don't skip out on this step.

Next I put on the drawer pulls. I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby when I was in Manitoba for Christmas. My mother-in-law and I took the girls down to the states to check it out and when I saw these I needed them for this project. They were $4.99 and with a coupon I got them for about $2.50 a pack. I picked up 3 packs.

I glued the pulls on with E-6000, and it seems to work well, I'm not putting anything heavy in these drawers, so I'm sure this glue will hold. You can also use a hot glue gun too!

These pulls came with screws, but the screws were too long and would just poke out on the inside, and I didn't want to get Brett involved in this project so I decided to go another route.

I decided to use brads that I've been hoarding for years. I cut off the prongs with my Tim Holtz Scissors and glued them on with E-6000 as well.

I let it all dry for about an hour and these guys were ready to go back into the craft room!

Super simple weekend project. What have you guys made lately?


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