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Cassette Tape Holder to Organizer

Cassette Tape Holder to Organizer

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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Saturday 3rd of October 2020

Wow that was strange. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't show up.

Grrrr... well I'm not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say excellent blog!

Leanna

Thursday 22nd of March 2018

What a fantastic idea. I love them cassette and old vhs drawers and see them all the time. What a terrific way to use them.

Michelle

Thursday 22nd of March 2018

Hi Leanna! I have done a couple of projects using these drawer units. I think they are great and very handy for craft supplies too. You should definitely try it they are so cheap!!

Sue

Sunday 7th of May 2017

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

Michelle

Sunday 7th of May 2017

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.

Therese

Saturday 24th of September 2016

Eeeeks... I just threw one OUT!!!

Michelle

Sunday 25th of September 2016

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

Karen

Wednesday 7th of September 2016

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.

Michelle

Wednesday 7th of September 2016

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.

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