Catch-All Bathroom Caddy

August 10th, 2016 in projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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The former veggie bin welcomes its freshening up friends.
The former veggie bin welcomes its freshening up friends.

The former veggie bin welcomes its "freshening up" friends.

Gotta warn you off the bat--this one's a bit tricky. It takes a little time (look at those steps!) and the help of a professional glass cutter, but it's well worth it. Don't let my warning dissuade you, fair junker! Your refreshing station will never look or feel the same again. Wow your friends and fam with this classy glassy caddy!

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Vintage refrigerator drawer
1/4 in. plywood
Eight 1 in. nuts and bolts
1/4 yard of fabric
Two 3/16 in. by 1 1/2 in. eye hooks
Spray adhesive
Polyurethane glue
Glass shelves (cut professionally to fit)

Tool List:
Staple gun and small staples
Tape measure
Jig saw


Step 1: Draw pattern of inside bottom of drawer.

Step 2: Trace pattern on to plywood.

Step 3: Cut plywood with jigsaw.

Step 4: Measure and cut fabric approximately 1/4 in. larger that plywood.

Step 5: Apply spray adhesive to plywood, place fabric over, and smooth.

Step 6: Flip plywood and fabric over and staple fabric to back side.

With the adhesive glue plus staples, that fabric is guaranteed to stay put and look good.

Step 7: Measure sides of drawer for placement of two inside shelves.

Step 8: With square, mark for drilling holes. Four holes on each side.

Step 9: Punch a starter hole for each of the holes to hold shelves-four on each side.

Step 10: Drill each hole.

A guiding starter hole is easy to do with a nail and hammer. If you hit the wrong spot, no worries--it's junk! The extra divot gives it character.
Step 11: Apply polyurethane glue to drawer bottom.

Step 12: Attach back side of fabric covered plywood to drawer bottom.

Depending on the kind of glue you use, you may have to clamp the fabric-plus-plywood for a few hours. Protect the fabric from the clamp with an old book or another protective material.

Step 13: Put bolts through each hole and secure with nuts.

Thread the bolt, tighten the screw. Call a glass cutter, chill the Chardonnay.

Step 14: Measure for two glass pieces to rest on nuts. Have the glass cut professionally.

Step 15: Put eye hooks at top.

Step 16: Slide in glass shelves.

Step 17: Celebrate.

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Comments (3)

bruwi writes: I love it suewhitney Posted: 1:45 pm on August 11th
suewhitney writes: Good Morning,

I'm glad you enjoyed this project. You can find these little babies easily so I'm working on more ideas. I love them because they fit with any style. If you are more modern using a cool textile from the 60s or 70s would be fabulous. I can't wait to see what you do with yours.

Thanks and take care,
Sue Posted: 9:18 am on August 23rd
WhisperWood Cottage writes: Sue, I love this! I just picked up a couple of these (along with their glass covers) at an estate sale a few weeks ago. I have been brainstorming what to do with them. Thanks for sharing! Posted: 3:32 pm on August 22nd
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