Connie shows off her drawers! Oh my!

Not THOSE drawers but the most amazing desk drawers EVER!  Okay, I know what you’re thinking….how exciting can drawers be?  Well, yesterday Mr. Awesome had the day off and he got busy converting my IKEA drawers into paper storage drawers.

Here was his dilemma…because I wanted a standing desk, that meant we had to buy kitchen cabinets.  How many kitchen cabinets do you know of with hanging files in them?  None, right?  So, he had to convert them.  After scouring the internet, he found a partial solution here and another partial solution there but nothing that truly solved my issue of needing hanging files for all my cardstock.  He found an IKEA hacking website with some hardware that would start the process but not a real solution.  (IKEA hacking this isn’t a bad thing.  This company just has hardware so you can convert IKEA furniture).

So to make my long story even longer, he tweaked things like crazy and came up with this.

My standing desk with 8 ½" x 11 AND 12 x 12 paper storage drawers - IKEA kitchen cabinets with a little conversion -

The most AMAZING 8 ½" x 11 AND 12 x 12 paper storage system!  IKEA kitchen cabinets with a little conversion -

I now have 4 drawers to store all my glorious cardstock!  I was doing the happy dance!  Even Roxie the Naughty Puppy was excited!

Did you see all my Ziplock bags hanging out the top?  This is where I store my scraps for each color.  I typically go to my bag o’ scrap before I cut into a new piece of cardstock.  I have used this system for years and it works like a charm!

THEN, I had an epiphany, a lightbulb moment, and speck in time that took my breath away!  As I looked at my fabulous new drawers, I could see they were pretty deep.  Could they possibly store all my 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper?  YES!!!  The heavens opened!!  The angels wept!!!  This was the most glorious news ever!!!  It ranks up there with the tumbling of the Berlin Wall!!!  Well, for me anyway.  🙂

Check out my paper storage for all my Designer Series Paper!

The most AMAZING 12 x 12 paper storage system!  IKEA kitchen cabinets with a little conversion -

The most AMAZING 8 ½ x 11 AND 12 x 12 paper storage system!  IKEA kitchen cabinets with a little conversion -

No more stacks of paper, no more wondering what series it’s from, no more scraps in a drawer!  I now have the most amazing storage solution ever and it wasn’t even planned this way.  Oh, aren’t those the BEST discoveries?  Because you know if we had PLANNED it that way, there would have been obstacles galore but it just happened to work in my favor.

I had about a billion+ pieces of our heavy chipboard that comes in our specialty papers and I used that in each file so my paper wouldn’t flop around.  It was the perfect solution!  I was able to separate all my Designer Paper, Glimmer Paper, Vellum, 12×12 cardstock, everything just fit perfect.  Oh, and don’t even get me started on the ⅛” clearance between my 12×12 and the top drawer!  Does it get any better than this?  I semis that it can not!

So…some of you out there are probably saying, “I can’t believe this girl gets THIS excited over drawers.”  You’re right, but when you’re struggling for a solution and you find it, you celebrate it.

Mr. Awesome will be sharing a blog post later on down the road about how he did this.  There will be guys out there who will be in the same boat we were in and we want to share how we did it.  We…like I had anything to do with it.  Ha!  My job was to go to Sonic for Happy Hour Route 44 ice tea.  An important job nonetheless.

Thank you for letting me show off my drawers!  I am so thrilled with them.

Want a Steel Magnolias update?  We are in our 3rd week of rehearsal now and it’s going great!  Last night we were not allowed to use our scripts.  This is the scariest night of all.  It’s like a baby learning to walk.  We’ve had this crutch in our hands all this time but it’s time to walk without it.  We got through Act One and lived to tell.  It was rough but we managed.  It will get easier from here.  The set was built over the weekend.  Right now it’s an ugly mess because it’s just pieces from previous shows pieced together.  We will get it all painted and make it look amazing though.  We got to rehearse for the first time with “beauty shop chairs”.  Squeal!  That was fun! Did I tell you guys that I have to learn to style hair for this show?  I have to do 4 different hairdos – 1 in each scene.  Oh THESE should be pretty!  Hair is not my thing.  And it’s 80’s style hair to boot!  2 of the hairdos are on Shelby and since my daughter, Christina, is playing Shelby, I can practice on her on the weekends until I get it right.  I thought I would ask the director if I could snap a few pictures of us rehearsing to post here.  It is forbidden for me to video any portion of the show so that’s out but if you ask my husband what he thinks of me in the show, his answer is always the same.  “She is much, much better than Dolly Parton.”  lol  He’s so funny!

Today I am off to the thrift stores looking for clothing from the 80’s for Truvy to wear.  I did love the clothes of the 80’s so it should be fun.  😉

I hope you guys have a wonderful Tuesday but before I go clothes shopping, let me give you something to shop for.  Check out our Weekly Deals for January 21-27, 2014!  Play close attention to that marker set.  If you didn’t purchase the new markers when we changed out of some of our colors, now’s your chance to get them at a great price!!!

I thought it would be fun to work on a video using some of the great products on sale this month so keep watching!

Happy Tuesday everyone!



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48 Responses to “Connie shows off her drawers! Oh my!”

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  1. Vicki Keyzer says:

    I really love the pictures of your drawers. I agree when you figure out something it is Happy Dance time for sure!!! Enjoy your new room.

  2. Mary says:

    Truly spectacular! Love the new drawers…the whole room is a dream come true! Enjoy!

  3. Lynn G. says:

    Thanks for showing me your drawers … oops … did I just say that !!!
    Lucky you – those look great .

  4. paula fontenelle says:

    And what a difference a drawer makes… 🙂

  5. Maureen says:

    I’m jealous of you. Wish I nice drawers to file my paper in. I am using a Longaberger basket from way back with hangers to file my 81/2 x11. But really need something larger and for the 12×12 paper. Don’t have much as I don’t have any way to store it. It would be great to be able to store the DSP, instead of pulling out the clear cases to look through.

    • Connie says:

      And I just bought a bunch of those clear plastic cases to store all my 12×12 paper. I hated it. It was bulky and very difficult to find what I needed. Thus the reason I was doing a happy dance about my drawers!

  6. Maria A. Rodriguez says:

    Those look amazing Connie, I can’t wait till you show us the finished room. Those drawers look fantastic and functional, thanks for sharing the idea, it saves time and space.

  7. Carolyn S says:

    Fabulous! So glad your drawers fit so nicely. heh heh

  8. Penny Reed says:

    What I want to know is – do you rent out Mr. Awesome? You are one lucky girl – and I’m sure you appreciate him a lot! Great makeover! I’m envious.

    • Connie says:

      LOL! Oh Penny, I’m not done with him yet! He has more work to do so nope, sorry. He stays right here until the job is done. 🙂

  9. ann says:

    I am so jealous but do have a question! So how did you keep from breaking the bank with the hanging file folders? I’m thinking you had to get 12 x 12’s to have the hanging metal part. And did that mean you had adjust the hanging bracket to fit both sizes? (I know this probably doesn’t make sense but I can’t figure how to make it any clearer – I’m so overwhelmed at your luck.)

    • Connie says:

      They are just standard 8 ½ x 11 hanging file folders. You know, the office kind. What I did was use chipboard cut 12×12 and slid it behind each package of Designer Paper so it would stay standing up. I didn’t want it to get a curl to it, if you know what I’m talking about.

      We didn’t have to adjust anything on the hanging folder part so if I ever wanted to use it for 8 ½ x 11 stuff I can. The folders themselves are 9 ¼” x 11 ¾” so I only have ⅛” hanging out of each side and as I said, chipboard sticks out of the top to keep it straight. Works perfectly!

  10. Catherine says:

    I completely understand your excitement – there’s nothing better than a well organised space. Ok, maybe that’s a little over stated :).

    A paper storage tip. I too used zip lock bags but they’re flimsy. I found much heavier sturdy plastic “document holders” at the dollar store. They’re intended for 3 ring binders and come in both letter and legal sizes. Basically they’re a very stiff plastic that is gussetted so it expands to hold between 25-50 sheets of paper and it has zip locks. I find them perfect for organising scraps and a lot of other things.

    • Connie says:

      Catherine, this is the best tip I’ve ever heard! Just this morning I was thinking, “I need something better than zip locks.” I will check these out because they sound exactly what I was looking for! Thank you for sharing this tip!!

  11. Phoebe says:

    Oh, Connie, those drawers are gorgeous! That is beyond luck. You, girl, are Blessed! And not just for getting the perfect drawers.

    • Connie says:

      You know what Phoebe, you’re right. I am so blessed and not just for drawers. God is SO good! He is my rock and my strength!

  12. jodie says:

    oh wow …love it……

  13. Molly says:

    What a COOL, COOL update! Mr. Awesome really came through with a great system for you. It seems Positively Providential! (Name that line…)

    Can I ask a favour for you to stow away for the future? Would you have someone take a still photo of you filming a tutorial in your renovated space? All we see is your hands and I can imagine what the camera setup might look like but it is fascinating. And am I the only one out here who misses the wind chimes from your earlier videos? 🙂

    Oh, another question sorry. What will you do with your own hair for Truvy? A big long wig poofed up? It is so fun to read about your role in this play–it is something so few people ever get to experience and I really appreciate that you are sharing it with us.

    • Connie says:

      Molly, if I took a still photo of me doing my videos you would see that my hair and make-up are not done and most of the time I am in yoga pants (God bless the inventor of yoga pants). Not that I DO yoga in them, mind you. But I digress….yes, I will fix my hair and make-up just for you and take a picture of me and my set up. 🙂

      Oh my hair for the play….ugh. I have chosen not to cut my hair so we can tease it really big. My last haircut was in November and I get it cut religiously every 4 weeks so this is KILLING ME! I still have about a month until the show is over and I can get a haircut. My poor hairdresser probably thinks I’m mad at her or something!

  14. Valerie says:

    OOOOH! I am SO JELLY! (Apparently, according to my 15yr old daughter…that is the hip way to say jealous.)

    The is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen!!!! (sniff, sniff) I totally heard the angles weeping with me!

    You are SO in debt to your Mr. Wonderful for all of eternity!


    • Connie says:

      I have a 12 year old and a 17 year old – I speak teen so I know JELLY. lol

      Oh, Girl, I am so in debt to him it’s not even funny….and he knows it. He just smiles because he knows he did good!

  15. Beverly Lausen says:

    OK Connie would you and Mr Awesome like to come to the beach in VA…I have a whole room of jobs for him….love your design for your room and all the good stuff he help put in there…must say his drawers are pretty hot…You know I mean the ones for your card stock…LOL!!!

    • Connie says:

      You had me at “come to the beach in VA” but lost me with “a room full of jobs”. lol

      BAHAHAHAHA, yeah, he has some hot drawers!

  16. craftymedic says:

    I need this… I can’t wait for the step by step!

  17. Nancy Farrell says:

    I know I’m a few days late, but love this post none-the-less. I love your drawers too. This is the kind of organization I love. I am truly happy for you. When I read your blog, I hear your voice! I’ve always watched your videos, but I’m pretty new to your site, so I also see you are into the theater too! That is great. I always support my local performances. Enjoy! Can we see pictures after the performances are over?

  18. Karen T says:

    I don’t know how I missed this post but I’m sure glad I came across it. I’m SO jealous. I HAVE to know how it’s done. Be sure to let us know, PLEASE!!

    • Connie says:

      Karen, I know that Rich will be working on a blog post at some point giving detailed instructions on how he made these. What a guy!!

  19. Julie says:

    My question is simple: which Ikea Drawers are those?
    I’m looking at doing something similar.
    Thank you! Your Fab!

    • Connie says:

      They are kitchen cabinets. I can’t remember the name but I think they are all the same. My hubby converted them to hold hanging file folders.

  20. Sandra says:

    Hi Connie! Amazing solution to the 12 by 12 storage problem we crafty people struggle with! I Would love a tutorial on this one!
    Best regards, Sandra in Stockholm

    • Connie says:

      I know. Rich really wants to find the time to write up a tutorial. He just has so much on his plate it’s not easy to sit down and get it done. I’ll stay on him though. 🙂

  21. Ulrika says:

    Hi! Sweden calling again 🙂
    Could it have been this IKEA furniture
    – it is simmilar to this one we have in IKEA in Sweden:
    Best regardas!
    /Ulrika in Sweden

  22. Nancy R says:

    Has Mr Awesome had a chance to erite up a tutorial for these drawers. I so want my husband to make me a set & I’m one for not re-inventing the wheel

    • Connie says:

      I know! I wish he had the time! His job keeps him super busy. I always hope things will slow down but when it does, it seems there are 100 things around the house that need to get done. I really do want to get a tutorial done for them but I hope you understand why it’s not up yet.

  23. Mary Fielder says:

    This is exactly what I have been looking for the past couple of years. Could you ask Mr Awesome where he got the pieces to install inside for the hanging files. I have a son-in-law who could do this for me. Thanks so much.

  24. Hilaria says:

    Hi Connie,
    Just found this on Pinterest, and I’ve been looking for a file cabinet also (to store my 12×12″ papers) with no luck. I am blown away by your solution and would truly appreciate learning where your Mr. Awesome obtained the hardware to do the cabinet conversion.
    TIA, Hilaria

  25. Sue Taylor says:

    I too have just discovered your drawers for your papers on Pinterest. I was dancing with you when I read your blog! I prefer to store my paper & cardstock vertically. I have been using heavy boxes I found at a Reject store (I’m in Australia) that are actually high enough to take 12×12 and have lids to keep the dust out. I would love details or tutorial on your Mr Awesome’s effort to create this wonderful idea for you!

  26. Charlene says:

    Where is the information how to make the 12×12 cabinet?

  27. Sharon Dosch says:

    Can you please post the link for the tutorial on your desk? I absolutely love the drawers, and would love to see how to make them. Thanks!

    • Connie says:

      Unfortunately the company that made the brackets we used to make the drawers is no longer in business so I don’t have a tutorial on how to make them. So sorry!

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