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How to Make Quick and Easy DIY Drawer Stoppers

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Quick and Easy DIY Drawer Stoppers

How to make quick and easy DIY drawer stoppers to keep your drawers from pushing into the dresser too far. These are great to add if you’re repairing an old furniture piece and refinishing it- and it’s a simple project! 

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Happy September! I wanted to take a moment to introduce my friend Kandice today who blogs at Just the Woods. She posts about furniture repair and upcycling so I know you’ll love her posts.

Today she’s here to guest post for me while I’m on maternity leave. She’s going to explain how to fix that annoying problem where your drawers push in a little too far- it’s really simple to make your own drawer stoppers to stop this! I know I learned a lot about furniture repair when I read her post so I hope you enjoy it!

  • Wooden Shims (or paint stirrers)
  • Clamps
  • Brad Nails
  • Wood Glue

Tutorial for Quick and Easy DIY Drawer Stoppers
By Kandice from Just the Woods

Hi, I’m Kandice and I blog over at Just the Woods about all things painted furniture with a sprinkle of other things mixed in from simple DIY projects to room renovations and builds. I’m so excited to be guest posting over here with DIY Danielle.

Today I’m sharing a quick and easy DIY hack on how to build your own drawer stoppers.

Have you ever found that perfect piece of second-hand furniture but the drawers pushed all the way in? That is exactly what happened with this dresser. To be honest this dresser was actually far from perfect. From what I found out it was from the 1920’s. The mirror had a slight haze that comes with age, it was on the original casters and there was minor chipping going on with the veneer. But aside from that, it was in pretty nice shape, with dovetail drawers and great details around that mirror. But, ugh, those drawers that push all the way back.

Quick and Easy DIY Drawer Stoppers made with simple shims and wood glue to prevent your dresser drawers from pushing in

Preparing the Vintage Dresser for a Makeover

This dresser is going to be painted so it needs to be prepped and repairs need to be made. The mirror was removed from the dresser top and the chipped veneer was patched. The whole piece was then prepped in the same way that I always Prep Painted Furniture. The chipped veneer was patched up with a non-toxic product called Magic Mud. You simply glob it on, wait for it to dry, sand it smooth, and repeat as necessary.

Repairing damage on old furniture.

The drawers needed a bit more attention.

Filling in damage on drawers.


Building Your DIY Drawer Stoppers

You can see here where the old drawer stopper used to be. I’ve searched eBay and I could never find the same kind anywhere so being frugal it makes sense to build new ones.

Draw stoppers missing on old furniture.

To build the new drawer stoppers I grabbed a few wooden shims from my workshop. You can even use paint stirrers if you have a few on hand.

Quick and Easy DIY Drawer Stoppers

Since one shim alone is way too thin I used a couple and glued them together with wood glue.

Quick and Easy DIY Drawer Stoppers

To make sure that they stay nice and tight while the glue dries grab some clamps and clamp them together.

Clamp wood together while glue dries.

Once the wood glue has completely dried go ahead and remove the clamps. To cut the piece that you will need for your drawer stopper it’s best to clamp your glued shims into a vice to keep it from moving.

Cut your wood for the drawer stoppers using a vice to hold it.

With your glued shims clamped in the vice now grab a saw and cut off approximately a half of an inch piece. Be careful with that saw, please.

Next, grab a small nail, and for extra measure, I use both wood glue and the nail to affix the drawer stopper in place. Clamp the drawer stopper in place again until the wood glue has dried.

Quick and Easy DIY Drawer Stoppers

It’s not fancy but it gets the job done.

Quick and Easy DIY Drawer Stoppers

The Completed Painted Dresser Makeover

This dresser was then hand painted in a pretty blue with a white wash over and wet distressed to reveal the blue underneath. The original hardware cleaned up and painted white. But the best part is that the drawers are all flush and stop where they need to thanks to these quick and easy DIY drawer stoppers.

Quick and Easy DIY Drawer Stoppers
Quick and Easy DIY Drawer Stoppers
Quick and Easy DIY Drawer Stoppers

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