Bill Organizer Repurpose

Bill Organizer Repurpose
It's time for another Junk Revision Challenge. About two month ago some bloggers and I who love to thrift and repurpose junk, got together to discuss a monthly blog hop where we transform so called "junk" into something better. I love a good repurpose don't you! Come and check out what we each came up with this month and you may just be inspired! ...

This month we worked on "ORGANIZATIONAL PROJECTS" for the home office.

I decided to repurpose a wooden Bill Organizer into a Desktop Organizer. I had found it at the thrift store for a couple of bucks. It was in pretty good condition except for one of the wood slats was missing and most of them were all warped and full of dust in between them.

The plan was to remove the wood dividers all out. It took a bit of elbow grease, but starting at one end I moved the slat from side to side wiggling it back and forth until it popped out of the groove. I wanted to save as many as I could intact to use for another project. Inevitably the first few got broken on the edges. But most of them were salvaged. I was left with the grooved back and at first thought of filling in the spaces with something, but then came up with an easier idea…

I took 3 of the dividers and glued them together with wood glue after I cut a bit off the back ends of them so that they would fit as one divider for the piece. I used whatever I could find as clamps.

So to cover up the grooves with something, I looked through my stash of scrapbook paper and found a package I had bought at Tuesday Morning a while back for just a couple of bucks. I thought the letters and numbers lent themselves well for a desktop organizer.

The next thing to do was to decide on a colour that would co-ordinate with the paper and I chose a light blue.

It was looking a little plain so I then added some green mixed with glaze and brushed it on and wiped it off to give the blue more of an aqua tint. Then I dry brushed some white onto the painted areas. It still wasn't speaking to me so I added my go to favourite… some antiquing GLAZE and did the same brush and wipe off technique. Then I was happy with it.

The wood areas just didn't seem to go with the paper at that point and so I painted them with a white acrylic in a thin coat so some of the wood colour would show through… and then added a few layers of the antiquing glaze letting them dry in between coats until I was happy with the results.

The scrapbook paper happened to be just the right width for the project and was thicker than your normal paper so it disguised the grooves really well. I used Mod Podge to adhere it to the inside and to the divider. I ended up with a bit of excess paper after bending it up and adhering it to the inside front and cut it off with an exacto knife. I also cut a strip of it to adhere to the front above the drawer.

Lastly I added a little bit of red and orange to the knobs to make them pop. I am really pleased with how it turned out. It's amazing what a little bit of paint and paper can do to give something a whole new look and a new life…

Hope I have inspired you to get your creative mojo on!


Partying at these locations...

Get Your DIY On @ Confessions of a Serial DIYer
Swing into Spring @ DIY by Design
Vintage Inspiration Party @ My Salvaged Treasures
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme
Before and After Linkup @ Thrifty Decor Chick
Share it One More Time @ One More Time Events



  1. What a great idea! I have seen these CD holder thingys many times at Goodwill and just never thought of anything to use them for. Your organizer is perfect for this back-to-school time of year.

  2. This is so creative! I would have never have thought to do this with an old CD holder. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Clever, creative and innovative! It is amazing how you transformed a pretty ugly outdated CD case into a piece of art and one that is very useful. Gosh you are talented Lucy!

  4. What a great idea! The colors and paper are perfect. Putting the three together for a center divider is awesome! Love love!

  5. I have never seen one of these before but this is definitely a very creative recycle Love it I love your paint techniques you used and the paper is perfect. Love this project Cathy

  6. Thi sis really cute. Never would have thought to remove the inside!

  7. Super cute! I love how you repurposed this and made it so totally fun and functional!

  8. What a darling makeover! Thanks for sharing it at the Vintage Inspiration Party!

  9. Love this and now it's super functional. The paper you used is awesome too.

  10. Thank you so much ladies for stopping by and leaving such sweet comments! :o)

  11. Wow, what a difference! You have quite an imagination to see the beauty in this old CD organizer. Great job. Thanks so much for sharing your idea at VIParty.

  12. I love the desk organizer! This is right up my alley, very clever!!

  13. This is an amazing before and after project! What a beauty you created from a cd rack! I will be keeping my eyes open for those in the future! Well done!

  14. I love the papers! Super cute!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.