This is the third post in a series called Ode to Secondhand, in which I regale you with the wonders of Craigslist, the online resale feast that has supplied much of our furniture (and fodder for refinishing projects).
I have a penchant for neutrals. Give me black, navy, or grey over pale pink or mint green any day. Whenever I buy new clothes (which, since my childbearing years began, is seldom), Hubs pleads for me to add some color to my wardrobe. When I shop with my mother, she does the same.
Ok, people. Here you go: I painted this cabinet turquoise.
It was originally a computer cabinet, complete with a CD rack and pull-out drawer for a keyboard.
I re-purposed it into a sewing cabinet when I didn’t have desk/table space for my sewing machine and now it houses most of my arts and crafts supplies. While I’m currently fortunate to have an entire room dedicated to craftiness, I don’t expect that that will always be the case.
So, if I do ever lose my craft room (actually, we’re calling it the “art room” now…or maybe the “studio?” hmm), I imagine I’ll be able turn any corner of the house into a crafty space just by moving this piece; it has lots of storage space plus a shelf that I can pull out and use my sewing machine on.
Now, the deets.
The How To
1.) I lightly sanded the surface.
2.) Then I painted 2 coats (I think it was 2…might have been 3) of Cooled Blue by Sherwin Williams
3.) And followed with some distressing of the edges and nooks with Rub ‘n Buff
4.) Finally, I sprayed it with a polycrylic spray.
5.) I also changed out the hardware for some cute knobs from good ol’ Hobby Lobby. Personally, I consider Hobby Lobby’s knob selection one of its greatest assets. Like Anthro, but reasonably priced.
Epilogue: About a year later, I decided to make it look more antique-y with a coat of Fiddes Wax (I used a combo of Clear and Rugger Brown). I also got tired of the original orangey stain on the inside and brightened it up with a coat of Behr’s Magnolia Blossom, which is my favorite white for everything from kitchen cabinets to furniture.
What I Spent
- Cabinet: $70, if memory serves. I think I may have haggled on this one.
- Paint: $22 for a quart of Duration paint by Sherwin Williams in Cooled Blue (could have color-matched this at Home Depot or Lowe’s for less, though…)
- Knobs: about $10 for two, after 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby
Total Cost: $102
Not bad, in my opinion, especially considering my best store-bought option was going to be something like this (which is more than twice as much).
What I Learned
1.) Color is fun. Yet I will not be painting my walls turquoise any time soon.
2.) Computer cabinets make for great crafting storage. They generally come with shelves, drawers, and random nooks and crannies, perfect for hiding random art supplies.
3.) Painting the inside was worth the effort. If you use a cabinet like this as a crafting workspace, painting the interior a light color and adding a light source nearby is super helpful. It’s kinda dark in there otherwise.
4.) Never underestimate the power of pretty knobs to affect your mood. They make me happy.
5.) When painting large pieces like this, use a paint roller as much as you can. Painting will go faster and smoother. This dawned on me mid-second coat.
Have you re-purposed anything lately?