Who doesn’t love free stuff? Especially when said free stuff turns out to be a perfect fit, looks great, and functions well. Case in point? The above cabinet. That sucker started off like this: (okay, I can’t find the exact picture, but it was part of our kitchen cabinets that used to look like this)
When we moved in, one of the kitchen cabinets was in the garage. Not sure why. We tried to put it back where it went–didn’t fit.
WHAT THE WHAT?! We ended up buying a better fitting cabinet for the kitchen, and used the ill fitting cabinet in the garage for tool storage.
When we recently redid the garage room for a man cave, this poor little working hard cabinet was left without a home, again. Eyeing the piece, I thought it looked about right for the sun room…it was about 11″ too short, didn’t have a top, and was a horrible orange-brown, but I figured that was nothing a little scrap wood and paint we already had on hand couldn’t fix.
After cleaning, using Liquid Deglosser, and painting, I enlisted Hubby’s help in building some open shelves to make up that 11″ gap. At some point I had to step in because things were getting over engineered and a bit crooked, but he gets credit for trying. 🙂 We had enough quarter round left to nail around the bottom to give it a finished look. For the top, we used…furring strips! We have so many of these things. I don’t even know why.
While Hubby built the cabinet shelves, I sanded and stained. We used Kona by Rust-Oleum, which we already had.
First we nailed down a scrap piece of beadboard as a base, then used wood glue to glue the stained furring strips down. We used one on each edge to give it a nice finished look, and finished with two coats of polyurethane.
We actually got the whole thing done in an afternoon, so not too shabby for an almost free project. The only thing we had to buy was the hardware, which I found these at Lowe’s for around $2 each.
It’s perfect as a drink and snack station, and the storage is amazing. The bottom drawer holds most of Matty’s outdoor toys, and the other drawers hold random outdoor essentials like candles, bug repellent, and grill accessories. The DIY basket crates hold a few more toys and gardening tools.