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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Vintage Mechanic Cabinet Makeover



Here we are, Sunday! It's officially a school night and I'm so not sure how I'm feeling about this. Sure, I'm ready for a day to day routine again. I just know by the end of this week we will have been through 3 first days. School will officially be started. I will officially be a day time empty nester. I think I'm gonna miss the little guy, more than I'm letting on.

So I knew I needed a place to store all my craft junk and school supplies. Yes, I need a place to store all those little crafty this and that's. You know. The kids need easy access to supplies as well. What to do what to do?!?

I had this ugly cabinet sitting in my garage that the hubby saved from a dumpster. When he brought it home I was really thinking it would be storage for the garage, and that was it! Never thought I'd use it for anything else, until one day I was caught off guard  I saw some just like this for sale for far more than I was willing to pay. So I figured I better do something with this thing instead of letting it collect dust. I pondered on it for a while and finally came up with this!


/br> This is what the cabinet looked like before. It's like a mechanics cabinet of some sort.


I had to try and straighten out all the metal inserts. Bent and mangled, ugh. Once I got them straight, for the most part, I painted it. Then I painted it another color. Then I painted it almost the same color it started out. It's a cycle, I had to work through it I guess.

I decided to add a little wood to the fronts. I actually used lattice. At least I think it's called lattice. They super thin wood strips that are in the fencing area. They cost .97 cents each, and I only needed 3!

I used tons and tons of liquid nails and a few clamps to glue the strips to the metal fronts. I also used a screw on each end. The metal was thin enough that this was not a problem. I used the same method to a attach the top and cute little feet.


The stain and glue drying. I've got 30 pound weights hold it down while the glue dries, and a box of dishes holding the top down.


Then came this. The oh so fun part. The 42 label plates. The 84 teeny tiny screws. The pain in my back, neck and fingers. It was fan freakin tastic.


I do believe however it was worth it. Here are a few close ups! Totally fresh barley any clutter.



Welcome to the real world. I love junk collectors. Boxes baskets, cubbies. Ya' know. This is surely no exception. I'm sure in the weeks to come this thing with start to collect more and more.


No one better ask me where a pencil, pen, or a glue stick is...ever. They will probably get the same answer over and over!


I'm actually pretty stoked with how it turned out! I honestly had other plans for it when I started but now I like where it is. We shall see in the long run where it ends up!

Until then,
xoxo

As always linking up to these wonderful parties!

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24 comments on "Vintage Mechanic Cabinet Makeover"
  1. This is just too neat, Michelle! I love the wood trim on the front and adding the feet just completes it. Now I want to find a cabinet like this somewhere. Great project! Found you at The Interior Frugalista's link party. Have a great day!

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    1. I was pleased with how it turned out! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. This looks amazing! Genius adding those wood strips and labels to the front! Your patience definitely paid off. Pinning!

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    2. Thank you, Meredith! I love the industrial look of wood and metal together!

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  4. Love your style!
    It would be great if you stopped by on Mondays and joined our Something to Talk About link party!
    Karen

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    1. Absolutely! I will be there linking up tomorrow. Thanks for stoping by!

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  5. I love it! That is my style of storage for sure, and the added bonus of being able to turn the stinkeye on anyone crazy enough to ask where something is (which my husband does frequently,rather than simply look.) Thanks for linking your awesome makeover to Merry Monday!

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    1. Don't they all Megan, lol thanks so much for taking a look!

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing over at Celebrate it Sunday! How creative were you to add the wood trim, that made all the difference! I am sharing this over at FB and pinned to my craft board! How I would love something like this in my craft room to organize all the little bits and bobs!

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    1. Thank you, Chloe. It's keeping the clutter organized that's for sure.

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  7. Love how you updated this cabinet! The name plates were worth it!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I agree they were worth it. Have a great day!

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  8. I love this so much. I will be featuring it monday morning at the SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT link party~!
    I can't wait to show it off.
    Hugs,
    Karin
    http://www.artisbeauty.net/2015/08/something-to-talk-about-link-party-and_17.html

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    1. Oh thank you so much!! Can't wait. Have a wonderful day!

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  9. What a great project! I love how it turned out. Thanks for linking up at the Bloggers Brags party, I pinned your post to our group board. Check back on tomorrow's link up on my page and you will see that I featured your project. =)

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    1. Thank you as well! You all are too kind!!

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  10. This. Is. Amazing! All that hard work most definitely paid off. I can't imagine hand-screwing in 84 teeny-tiny little screws - ugh!

    Obviously, this is my choice as a feature for the Thank Goodness It's Thursday party! I cannot wait to see what you link up tomorrow. :)

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    1. Thank you Sarah! Yes, those tiny screws and I have a love hate relationship. Have a great rest of the week!

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  11. It's lovely~!
    Your post has been featured:
    http://milaslittlethings.com/2015/08/idea-box-thursday-link-party-25.html

    xx
    Mila

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    1. Thank you so much Mila! Have a great weekend!

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