Taming the Beast-A Wardrobe UpCycle

2 Materials
4 Weeks

I saw this solid, heavy wardrobe on line and liked the Mid Century lines. It had missing veneer but I knew there was hidden coolness ahead.

i cleaned this beast with windex and then tackled the missing veneer loss. My intention was to keep it as original as possible without painting the wood. The veneer was not an easy fix. I used wood putty to fill the holes and then sanded and stained them. I was never really happy with how it just didn’t match.

The inside was cedar lined. My vision was to build a bar. I had an old folding wood wine rack I attached to the bottom.

I then made two shelves from tongue and groove.

I added wine hangers to the bottom of the top shelf.

I then drilled a hole in the back and mounted a vintage brass wall sconce. Because I was missing 2 of the original pulls I added six modern ones that matched the style of the wardrobe.

The next problem was the drawers which all had damage to the veneer. One year later

( Yes, I know...) I finally

decided that to remedy this issue I added pops of paint. Not just one color but five.

I added three coats of wipe on polyurethane and was pleased with the final outcome.

The inside is now a functional bar. The outside gives a cool, ombré effect, Mid Century Modern masterpiece.

The “Beast” is tamed and is now a Beauty.

Suggested materials:

  • MinWax Wipe On Polyurethane   (Ace Hardware)
  • Wine rack   (Garage sale)

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