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No Drawer? Then Make a Cubby!

So I picked up another disaster project. $5 at a yard sale over a month ago and it has been sitting ever since. I didn't know the top drawer was broken until I got it home, and honestly with all the bits I have laying around to work on there was no time to make a new one. So I ditched it.
After taking it apart, I saw it had been gorged on by the local termite cousin called a Bora Beetle. This meant a douse in kerosene to kill any off that may still be around, and then fill in all the holes.
What a mess.
There will be lots of sanding on this one.
After it was nice and dry, I got out some of Dave's left over paper...gotta love him...and set about hand sanding it down to a nice smooth and even surface.
There's that busted drawer I mentioned, along with the others still in great shape.
We won't go into the handles though...they had to be hammered off, so I couldn't re-use them as they broke in half.
I used a baby blue enamel paint over my standard white base, only one coat of both this time. Then smeared the whole thing in a Black Bean stain, applying it with a foam brush in one direction only and following that up with a dry lint free rag in the same direction.
I also did this on the drawers.
Like I said, the handles all broke...with the help of a hammer...so I thought that I would simply thread some large sisal rope through the monster holes that they left, the end effect is pretty cool.
The cabinet was done in also the white base, then 2 coats of a dark blue I have, and again with the stain. The inside of where the top drawer used to go, I painted white then went over it with the stain as this will be visible when the bottom of the old drawer is set in place.
I also painted the lip of the top cubby in white and did a stain. It came out awesome.
Now as you can see, this was a bit of a mess up.
I purchased a staple gun yesterday to use to put the old drawer bottom in place, and it didn't work, so I ended up using 8 brad nails instead.
I am still learning for sure!!
The legs were in the same fugly brown as the dresser, so I decided to paint them the same as the drawers to have a contrast. They also got a very light stain job.
I left the back of the cabinet the dark blue, no need for staining here.
Here she is all finished.
Start-to-end this was a 3 day job, yesterday it rained so that didn't help when your studio is your courtyard.
I hope folks like it. The blue is real big for me over here, helps that I have a ton of it to use up.
I did however score some black at the dump store, and will be using that on an upcoming project.
Thanks for reading this, hope you all like it.
  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Mar 29, 2016

    Not like, LOVE it! The sisal rope total pulled it together. A happy coincidence the handles broke!

  • Toni Hunton
    Toni Hunton New Zealand
    on Mar 29, 2016

    Thanks so much Hannah.I wasn't real sure what to do at first.I held up several things to the drawers but nothing looked right.I yanked the sisal through out of frustration,sat down and just looked at it........well crap.....that looks good. Ha ha ha ha. Toni

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Mar 29, 2016

    I love it! Gorgeous redo and brilliant fix for the broken drawer.

  • Toni Hunton
    Toni Hunton New Zealand
    on Mar 30, 2016

    Thanks ever so much Miriam,the lady just picked it up and is in love with it !!! Toni

  • Mickey Baron
    Mickey Baron
    on Mar 30, 2016

    Just GORG! The rope is brilliant!

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