Trash to Treasure-Office Storage/Organizer

update a thrift store find for more storage in your home.

Hello, sweet friends!

I’m SUPER excited because today I’m sharing my first DIY of 2020!

And it’s not just any DIY-it’s a Trash to Treasure DIY! Which is, of course, my favorite kind!


I’ve been trying to get my home office better organized this past week, and after trying to plan where everything would go, I realized I needed more storage.

Nothing too big like a piece of furniture. But big enough to hold all the ‘stuff’ that fills up my desk drawer to overflowing.

I’ve searched a few of my favorite office supplies stores online awhile back but didn’t find anything I liked.  They were either too big, too expensive or not my style. So I decided to pay my local thrift store a visit and see if I could find something to makeover.

If you shop thrift stores you’ve probably seen these faux wood storage chests or similar jewelry boxes. Whenever I do I usually walk on by. But this chest had four deep drawers (perfect for my needs) and it was small enough to fit in the space I had.

Of course, it would need a complete makeover. But that’s okay.

I love a good makeover. Don’t you?

To start I gathered all my supplies. (Which really wasn’t much!)


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Paint (Navy Blue-for unit- Soft Gold for knobs)



Since I have no plans on hanging the storage chest on the wall, the first step was to remove the hanging brackets on the back.

Next, I took off the knobs so I could paint them.

The entire storage chest needed a good sanding, so that came next. (I used 120 grit) Once everything including the drawer faces was sanded, I used a damp cloth to remove any dust before painting.

This past Christmas I was loving all the blue decor and I want to incorporate more of it into our home, so I chose True Navy this project. I also chose a matte finish as there will be a bit of a sheen on the gold knobs.

The chest, drawers, and pulls all took 2 coats of paint to cover. I allowed drying time in between coats and then let it dry completely for 2 hours before reassembling.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE how the blue and gold look together!

And the chest fits perfectly on the top of my short bookcase.

There is also plenty of storage space for all of my odds and ends office supplies!

I really couldn’t be happier with the way the storage chest turned ou!!!!  And it only cost me $5 because I already had the other materials.

As I mentioned you can find different storage chests or cubes like this at any thrift store. Even a larger jewelry box would work. A little paint, maybe some new knobs and you’ve got more storage.

And who doesn’t need more storage?

You could also use this in your bathroom for makeup, your bedroom for jewelry, or the kitchen to store teas bags.

The options are endless!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Trash to Treasure Office Storage/Organizer project!


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Have a FABULOUS day!





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11 thoughts on “Trash to Treasure-Office Storage/Organizer”

  1. I’m one who does love a good makeover project. This looks brand new and that color is striking, turned out amazing. For me organization is a must in my workspace just helps me be more productive.

    1. Thank you so much, Carole! I really LOVE that blue and hope to incorporate more of it into this home. I’m right there with you on organizing my workspace. Clutter is SO distracting!! Wishing you and Robert a FABULOUS weekend!!

    1. Thank you so much, Michelle! I’m just loving that blue! And yes, isn’t it wonderful when an idea actually works too! Woot Woot! Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you so much, Terrie! Isn’t it wonderful what a little paint can do!!! That color is my new favorite too! You could definitely use this storage unit anywhere. Hubby’s looking for one now to put in his garage. I don’t suppose he’ll let me beautify it though!! LOL!

  2. Very pretty and it doesn’t look like office supplies are hiding there! Much better than my cheap plastic drawers! You are very talented.

    1. Oh my goodness, Merry Juliana! You are too kind! I had one (or two) of those plastic drawers myself! They aren’t the prettiest but they are functional for sure! I gave mine to my hubby as he needed extra storage in his workshop! Thank you so much for stopping by! I’m so glad you enjoyed the storage project!!

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