Patricia
Patricia
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Create Functional Storage From Old Furniture

9 Materials
$30
3 Hours
Easy

I found this liquor cabinet at a thrift store. Although I didn't actually need a liquor cabinet I decided to buy it because, 1) I thought I could make it into more functional storage, and 2) the price was right at $20!

create functional storage from old furniture

I didn't have a specific design plan in mind but instead let the design evolve as I went along. My goal was to use as many items I already had on hand to give it a transformation.

create functional storage from old furniture

The interior had racks for storing bottles and wine glasses which I wanted to remove to create shelving instead.

create functional storage from old furniture

The first step is to remove the back of the cabinet and gut the interior. The racks were held in place with nails, so we began by sawing the center of the racks and then using brute force (hammer and crowbar) to remove them completely.

create functional storage from old furniture

Unfortunately removing the racks created some slight damage to the interior sides. Nothing too horrible, but I would need to take this into account with my final design.

create functional storage from old furniture

Once the demolition was done I added a quick base coat of paint. The final colors which you will see in the "after" photos are Duck Egg Blue and Old Ochre.

create functional storage from old furniture

I found a pretty remnant of toile fabric (affiliate link to similar pattern) which I adhered with Mod Podge to cover up the back and side panels to hide the damage.

create functional storage from old furniture

I didn't plan to line the drawer with fabric, but I had enough left over to piece it together. First I cut pieces for the sides and the bottom. I cut the side pieces a little larger than necessary so there would be a slight overlap.

create functional storage from old furniture

I lined up the cut piece of fabric with the drawer, lifted it out of the way, and then applied Mod Podge.

create functional storage from old furniture

Next I smoothed the fabric into place.

create functional storage from old furniture

I continued with each of the side panels before adhering the bottom panel. The overlap will prevent any gaps showing through.

create functional storage from old furniture

This photo shows the bottom piece of fabric being set in place and overlapping the side panels.

create functional storage from old furniture

I used some scrap plywood to create a shelf. The exterior edge wasn't too pretty, but that's an easy fix!

create functional storage from old furniture

I cut a piece of veneer banding (affiliate link) to size and ironed it on (the edging has adhesive on the back which is activated by the iron). Then I painted the shelf and mounted it onto wood brackets.

create functional storage from old furniture

And here is the finished storage cabinet! I think the new color looks so much brighter now.

create functional storage from old furniture

And the interior has much more storage space for linens or clothing. Feel free to stop by my blog for more photos of this project.

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2 questions
  • Tam
    on Mar 9, 2019

    That is really cute! Nice Job. When you put the fabric on the inside with the Mod Podge, did you spread the Mod Podge on top of the fabric also?

    • Barb
      on Mar 30, 2019

      This reply is for Jacqui as her reply button kept bringing to Tam's! I hope it finds you, or you find it!


      Modge Podge is a white glue type of adhesive and sealer/sealant. It's commonly used for decoupaged projects. In the US, It's sold at craft stores and in the craft section of lots of other stores such as Wal-Mart. I don't know about the UK.


      It can be ordered online. I purchased some from Amazon. You can also make it Homemade by mixing White Glue (Elmers for example) with water, tho I don't remember the ratio. (Maybe Google Modge Podge made from White Glue)


      Good Luck and again I hope you find this and it's helpful. Barb

  • Mark B.
    on Mar 9, 2019

    The inside of the door is different, looks like plywood, or at least, maybe you sanded the original finish. What did you do?

    • Patricia
      on Mar 9, 2019

      I painted the inside of the door a lighter color (Old Ochre).

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