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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cabinet Nobody Would Steal

Trash to Treasure Green Cabinet

Last year, I participated in Community Sale hosted by my friend who does Estate Sales. She prices and sets up the displays. It is a Friday/Saturday sale. If the item does not sale the first day, then it is half-price on Saturday. Unsold items must be picked up Monday morning or they will be donated to a Thrift Store. This is a good way to sale more expensive items.

I did very well with my sales ... but this is not what this post is about ... it is about an old cabinet that nobody would steal. When we went to pick up our unsold items on Monday; the person running the sale, made note of three pieces of shabby furniture that were sitting outside the building and had been there all week and through the week-end. He said he had hoped someone would steal them over the week-end, but he guessed they were not worth stealing. He offered them to anyone that would haul them off. 

Well, guess who hauled off this little gem.
The old piece of linoleum on the top was disgusting ... the back was cardboard.

I think it was a built-in for a kitchen or bathroom, but you can see what it had been used for. The white line on the third drawer shows the broken corner. Notice the dates on the bottom drawer ...  1949  1962.
 It had good bones and just needed some TLC.

Once the yucky linoleum and the old glue was taken off ... the top boards were not bad but ... I replaced the top with some recycled old tongue and groove boards. Loved this!!! 
Sorry, I did not get a picture before I sanded them.
Replacing the top was necessary because it was not big enough to cover the addition of the beaded-board.
I replaced the back and the damaged side with beaded-board paneling that was given to me.

I mixed some paints until I got a color I liked, making chalk paint by adding a little un-sanded tile grout and painted it.  

I sanded it down to give it that time-worn look and added vintage glass drawer handles. Love these and have had them forever ... don't even know what I paid for them, but not much. 
So, all considered, I do not have much cost in this cabinet.  

FREE cabinet ...  
Free beaded-board ... 
FREE tongue and groove boards ...
FREE labor (Mr. Z works for free) ...

LOW COST handles...
I love FREE and LOW COST.

 Nobody would steal it but look at it now ...
Mr. Z. replaced the broken corner and you can't even tell it.

Right now, I have it on my front porch with no plans to use it in the house, but sure would make a nice cabinet in a laundry room, craft room or bath room. It is 33" tall and the top is about 22" square. I reinforced the bottom and added heavy rollers for easy moving. 

I have a large stencil with birds and a tree branch that I am thinking about putting on the front ... What do you think? ... stencil or just leave it plain?
I will sell it in a garage sale this summer. 

Thanks for visiting ... comments make me happy.

Merry Christmas ... 

Audrey Z. 
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  1. Hi Audrey;

    You brought that cabinet back to usefulness. Someone will fall in love with it at your summer sale. Love the glass handles and beaded board additions.


  2. Great job! Making it new again, love it!

  3. You can really see the good bones I always enjoy your projects a stensil would be interesting. Would love to catch your yard sale.

  4. You can't go wrong with free! I'm sure this will sell quickly next year. Great job...and I love the color. ~Pat

  5. Love what you did with that cabinet adding the bead board and those cute handles. I would leave it plain without stenciling, but it would look great either way. Pretty color too!

  6. Audrey, you did it again. Great paint color and drawer pulls. The beadboard realy gave it some dimension.

  7. Audrey--I love junk, and your found the perfect piece to share the love on!
    Your redo of this cabinet is so sweet. great job!

  8. What a beauty Audrey. Wish I could find such a bargain like that! Your hard work really paid off.
    p.s. I wouls love for you to share this with Share Your Cup Thursday.

  9. You turned an orphan into a well-loved family member. The color is great and the reformation is stunning. I even liked the original with the lettered drawers - it reminded me of something my grandfather kept in his workshop to hold "important" papers.

  10. Well now, this is a sassy little cabinet that, if I could attend your summer garage sale, I would bring it right back out here to West Texas...I could find THE perfect place for it. :)

  11. What a great redo. You did a wonderful job making that cute cabinet usable and looking pretty!

  12. That really turned out great. Since you plan to resale, I would leave off the stencil...Connie

  13. Your little dresser is totally fantastic. I just love it... It's amazing what some people classify as junk and what others see as a diamond in the rough. Love everything about the re-do...

    All the best...


  14. such an awesome find!

    great visiting you from MMS.



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