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Ugly Cabinet Turned Art Station

I came across this cabinet that I thought was on the not so pretty side at an auction. I guess others felt the same because no one wanted it, and I scored it for $5!
I originally started on the project many months ago, but other things came up & I had other projects that took my attention away from this.
I first painted it barn red, added the tin ceiling tiles that were once brand new in shiny silver. I used metal effects from Modern Masters to transform them to a patina look. (they look nothing like that now). I had planned on just doing a rustic makeover on the piece to sell. But, then something better in my mind came along...
I had received some paint samples from General Finishes to try. I had completed this dresser with it, loved it, and so decided this would be it... You can see the dresser makeover here - http://www.onfernavenue.com/2015/02/antique-wavy-dresser-in-green-patina.html
I added a top so that it would create an overhang so chairs could easily fit under it.
Painted the top with chalkboard paint...
And, we now have a storage and a place to do arts & crafts, games, homework and most importantly a place to create many memories.
Come visit my blog to see full details and additional pictures..including the back!

To see more: http://www.onfernavenue.com/2015/05/ugly-cabinet-turned-art-station.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • Heather Marie
    Heather Marie Avis, PA
    on May 6, 2015

    Love this!

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on May 6, 2015

    So amazing! Love that finish and color!

    • Lynn Fern
      Lynn Fern
      on May 6, 2015

      @Hannah V Me too Hannah!! That is hands down one of my favorite colors right now.

  • DJ
    DJ Llano, TX
    on May 6, 2015

    Oh wow that is perfect! I will be on the lookout for something similar that I can repurpose for my grand babies. Right now their art stuff is crammed into a drawer on my Mom's old China cabinet. When they come over they love to dig it out and scatter it all over the dining table. That is quite a mess to clean up when supper is ready. They definitely need a place of their own like this one you created! Great job!

    • Lynn Fern
      Lynn Fern
      on May 6, 2015

      @DJ That was a big part of my thought process. When they come home from school & done with homework, they love to sit & draw/color while I cook dinner. Our living, dining room and kitchen are all one big open space. So it is nice having them play/draw/color/create while I am cooking. Keeps them occupied and I get to interact with them as well. All one big win :) I am glad this inspired you. Your grand babies will love it!

  • Laura Jo Lubeck
    Laura Jo Lubeck Dearborn Heights, MI
    on May 8, 2015

    The final color is amazing! Great job.

  • Josephine Howland
    Josephine Howland Conway, NH
    on May 8, 2015

    No see? This is why we're all addicted to Home Talk!

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