04 May 2011

why not diy? : wednesday: a cabinet re-do!

a few weeks ago, z and i emailed a lady on craigslist about some lockers. yes, a set of old, nasty, rusty gym lockers. gross! BUT, we had talked about putting some in our garage for storage (so the dog couldn't get into things) or in his office as a functional aesthetic piece, or in the youth room. we came across this set on craigslist, and could not pass it up. they were $50. ANYWAY...we met up with the lady who had them..turns out, she's somewhat of a picker! the lockers were in a storage unit, along with TONS of other stuff. actually, there were 3 storage units chocked full of stuff. we went through each unit, and wound up with not only the lockers(which we got for $40) but also a fabulous black retro cabinet. the moment i laid eyes on it, i was smitten! with a new paint job, some cute knobs from hobby lobby, and a little tlc, it could be the perfect piece for our living room! as we pulled away i made sure to save "bernie's" number in my phone, just in case i need something else in the near future!

here's the cabinet makeover!
 the original look...ick
 who would put pulls like that on? people definitely under-value the knobs. it leads to major furniture bore...in my opinion!
 since nothing in my house is black, the handy-dandy sander and i got to work! (of course wearing a mask...don't want to accidentally inhale any lead from old paint!)
 i took most of the corners and edges all the way through to the wood...
i unscrewed the door hinges to sand the rest of the cabinet, and both doors...

 one of the doors had major breakage going on, nothin' a little gorilla glue, and some a-clamps can't fix! :)

i got a few coats of paint on it, but had to table it for a few days, mom & dad were in town...no time for re-store projects!

and, in my usual form, when i picked it back up, i got so into getting it finished, i forgot to take step-by-step shots! oops! oh well, i'll walk you through it:
- before i painted it green, i sprayed all the edges and corners and both doors entirely blue
- then it took several coats of green to get an even color
- after it dried i grabbed a coarse sheet of sandpaper, and my sander, and went to work. i sanded all the edges, and corners down to the wood
- i sanded the top, and the sides, not down to the wood, but just enough to give them a worn old look.
- i sanded the doors. the shutter-type doors were a major pain-in-the-you-know-what to sand, but sooo worth it! the look that came through when i finished is pure perfection! i am crazy about how the blue peeks through just enough to look amazing, but not so much as to look planned or cheap!
- i grabbed a couple cute knobs from hobby lobby, and viola!

(yes, the lockers are still sitting in our garage untouched...i'll get to them, eventually!)

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