Cassette Tape Holder to Organizer

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This was a fun project.  I love finding a bargain and making it into something useful.  Check this out…a cassette tape holder to an organizer that sits next to my bed on the table.

Cassette Tape Holder to Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I never have liked the look of these cassette holders from the 80's. I turned it into an organizer!

Cassette Tape Holder to Organizer

I found this at a thrift shop for $1.  I had seen them re-purposed into paint holders and such so I bought it.  It sat around for a while and I wasn’t sure what to do with it.

I am one of those people who like a functional bedside table.  I use it to charge my cell phone at night, it holds meds that I may need during the night (who wants to get up and go all the way downstairs for a tylenol?)  I like to keep scissors and I need a place for my glasses.  And we use our old cell phone as a clock/alarm.

Plus sometimes I like to look at a magazine before I go to sleep.

This is the before picture of my space!  Please don’t judge me!

Cassette Tape Holder to Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I never have liked the look of these cassette holders from the 80's. I turned it into an organizer!

What a hot mess, right?  The entire room needs to be redecorated.  I do like my tables but they need some re-vamping as well.

Cassette Tape Holder to Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I never have liked the look of these cassette holders from the 80's. I turned it into an organizer!

 

Jeff made the tables and I painted and stamped them many years ago.  I think the late 90’s.  I am going to keep them but as soon as I get my new bedding they won’t match any more.

The bedding that I wanted from Walmart.  It is no longer available.  Check out the budget friendly bedding I made from a drop cloth.  I love the oranges, blue and greens and the light and airy feel with the pillows.

 




 

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During this process the cassette tape holder evolved.  I knew I wanted to cover the fronts of the drawers so Jeff suggested this plastic.  He cut it for me and it worked great.

 

Cassette Tape Holder to Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I never have liked the look of these cassette holders from the 80's. I turned it into an organizer!

 

We glued them and used some clamps until they dried.  I still thought they were a little plain so I used a small strip of balsa wood as a bit of detail.

 

Cassette Tape Holder to Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I never have liked the look of these cassette holders from the 80's. I turned it into an organizer!

 

Then they were ready to spray.  I wanted to match my new (non-existent) bedding so I used orange for the drawers and an off white for the base both are my favorite from Rust-O-leum.

 

Cassette Tape Holder to Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I never have liked the look of these cassette holders from the 80's. I turned it into an organizer!

 

In my head I could see some swirlys stenciled on the front and the top in the green, blue and orange to sort of mimick the design in the comforter.

It didn’t come out exactly how I envisioned it but it is close.  I am happy with it.

 

Cassette Tape Holder to Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I never have liked the look of these cassette holders from the 80's. I turned it into an organizer!

 

It adds some whimsy to the room.

 

Cassette Tape Holder to Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I never have liked the look of these cassette holders from the 80's. I turned it into an organizer!

 

Plus it does it’s job organizing all of my junk and stuff that I “need” by the bed.  I purchased a little easel for the cell phone clock/alarm and hid the charging cords behind the entire box.  Now it is so much neater.  There is nothing worse than cords all over the place.

 

Cassette Tape Holder to Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I never have liked the look of these cassette holders from the 80's. I turned it into an organizer!

 

What do you think?  I really like it and am glad I did it.  This cost me at total of $7.51.  That includes the cassette tape holder $1, the paint $3.10 on sale and the button drawer pulls at $2.99 and tax.  That makes me happy as well.

Update:  We have updated this room with a new headboard made from shutters and some new sconces.  It looks really nice.  This organizer is still in use too!

So, there you have it.  Another successful up-cycle project.  If you like it, please share!  Thanks so much.

 

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36 Comments

  1. Beth Buss

    Michelle,
    I just dug one of these old tape holders out of a closet. What a fresh idea to do with it. I’m inspired to get started. BB

    30 . 06 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Hi Beth! I am so glad you found one. I want to see it when you are done!

      03 . 07 . 2015
  2. Ntina

    This is great! I need one, my bedside table looks a lot like yours at the before picture. Thanks for sharing this at bloggers brags Pinterest party. pinned.

    30 . 06 . 2015
    • Michelle

      I saw one on Etsy for $20! Ha! Look in the thrift stores. One is bound to turn up. I am glad I am not the only one with messy table! Thank you for that.

      30 . 06 . 2015
  3. Susie Bentz

    Awesome upcycle! Super cute!

    30 . 06 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thank you Susie! So nice of you. It was fun except the swirlys could have been a little better. They are not quite what I had pictured in my head. I am still happy with the overall project though and it works great for my organizer!

      30 . 06 . 2015
  4. Kim

    Great design and perfect to keep things organized!

    01 . 07 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thank you Kim. It works perfectly as my newest organizer.

      01 . 07 . 2015
  5. ProjectPatrol

    Found you over at Whimsy Wednesday. I’ve seen so many of these at thrift stores and I love what you’ve done with it! I may just pick one up now.

    01 . 07 . 2015
    • Michelle

      You should definitely get one. Mine sat around for a while until the bedside organizer came to me. It was fun to try to make it look nice. LOL! Thanks for stopping by from Whimsy Wednesday. I love that link party.

      01 . 07 . 2015
  6. Lisa

    What a great idea! I love reusing an item and this is so pretty! Thanks for linking up at The Living With Style Linky Party!

    Lisa – http://www.harmonyandhappiness.com

    01 . 07 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Hi Lisa! Thanks so much. It turned out pretty nice. I appreciate you stopping by.

      01 . 07 . 2015
  7. Christine Smith

    GENIUS!!! great job!!

    02 . 07 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thank you Christine. That is very nice of you. I appreciate you stopping by.

      02 . 07 . 2015
  8. April Rutherford

    This is amazing! I found you on hometalk – really love this idea!

    08 . 07 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thanks April. I am glad you like it. I appreciate you taking the time to comment!!

      09 . 07 . 2015
  9. Mary-In the boondocks

    This is so smart. I love it when we can repurpose old fossils like this. It looks so much prettier and now it actually has a purpose. I also had one made of wood and turned it into a table, with glass on top.

    30 . 10 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Hi Mary! I would love to see that. Is it on your blog? I will have to go check it out. Thanks so much for visiting. I do love the way this turned out and I use it every day.

      01 . 11 . 2015
  10. Elisha L. Percival

    Did you just remove the inside’s? I like it my fav.colors.

    31 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Hi Elisha, I did not remove anything from the inside. In fact I added a piece of chipboard/cardboard because there are holes in the bottom of the drawers on this one. Some of the other kinds of these have some better drawers.

      01 . 09 . 2016
  11. Iris

    what a great idea, love it. My son collect these cassette boxes will past it on.

    31 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Wow! He collects them? That is fun. I was looking for some for another project and had a hard time finding them.

      01 . 09 . 2016
  12. joy peterkin

    I love this idea! I am going to make one for my bedside table.

    31 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Yay! Glad you like it.

      01 . 09 . 2016
  13. IFortuna

    This is what I need at my bedside. Very cute and functional. Great job!

    31 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks so much! I had a fun time transforming this!

      01 . 09 . 2016
  14. Marylou Edmondson

    I love this! – I’m always looking for my readers and clippers by my bed. I have the exact same cassette holder. Bravo!

    31 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks Marylou. I love these things and am doing another post using them that will be up tomorrow! They are perfect for the bedside table.

      01 . 09 . 2016
  15. Sarah in Texas

    That is an excellent idea. And great upcycle.

    04 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Sarah!

      04 . 09 . 2016
  16. Karen

    What did you use in the bottom of the drawers to keep things from falling through? The project I’m talking about is the cassette tape storage that you redid to put on top of your night table in the bedroom.

    07 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Hi Karen. I cut pieces of chipboard and placed them in the bottoms of the drawers so things don’t fall out. It works great.

      07 . 09 . 2016
  17. Therese

    Eeeeks… I just threw one OUT!!!

    24 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Ahhhhh! Oh no. LOL! Now you have to go buy one for a buck somewhere. That is too funny.

      25 . 09 . 2016
  18. Sue

    I was wondering what you used on the bottom of the pull-outs to enclose them?

    07 . 05 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Hi Sue! My husband purchases a product called Polystyrene from Amazon. There are different thickness and it is a sheet of plastic type material. He scores it and cuts it to size for me to fit inside the drawers. It works well. If you had cardboard or chipboard I think it would be fine too.

      07 . 05 . 2017

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