Quick DIY Drawer Stop

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20131004-150640.jpgI love antique furniture, craigslist finds, thrift store treasures… especially at a huge bargain. Often, the bargain comes at the price of a bit of time to transform a piece into exactly what I want.  This armoire is one such piece.  It was thrown in for a steal when I went to pick up a craigslist find.  It’s meant to be a replacement for our coat closet which was sacrificed by the former owner to create more kitchen space.  We’re all on board with that, but still needed a place for coats & hall closet items since our closets are nothing to write home about (and we are using every last inch of them).  Why not do it in a pretty way, like this armoire?

One of the main problems with old drawers is that they fall out.  We needed a fix for this and a few other antique pieces since we have little girls into every corner of the house who don’t need fully-loaded drawers crashing down on their feet.  There are big re-do plans for this piece and I wanted to fix all of its issues before refinishing it.

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I came up with a quick and dirty solution to this problem using scrap material (free = happy face).  I took a piece of thin plywood left over from our mud hall cabinet and cut a strip using our jigsaw. Then, I made a pilot hole in the wood strip.  I attached it to the back of the dresser with a short screw so it wouldn’t go through the back side.  It’s tight enough to hold the strip on, but allows the strip to rotate.

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After putting the drawer back in, rotate the wood strip up so it catches on the frame of the drawer opening.

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It worked great and I’ll be adding this to some other furniture that the girls use!

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