Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Turning Plastic Into Wood

When I began scrapbooking in 2006, I came up with a design and hubby provided the manpower to create an 18 drawer cabinet with a shelving unit on top to store all my meager craft supplies and 12" x 12" scrapbooking paper. We began with six three-drawer Sterlite drawer sets I found at Walmart, stacking them three high and two across. Hubby built a sturdy wooden cabinet around them, adding wheels on the bottom for ease of movement. It was perfect; more than enough room for all my scrapping tools and supplies (er, at that time, that is...).

My "scraproom" circa 2006 - with the then, red cabinet
Yep, life was simpler then, and Dakotah was already my office assistant

Four years (and a major population explosion of supplies) later, daughter moved her bedroom downstairs and I set up my craft space in her larger room. I redecorated the room from purple and green to beige, brown and black. That's when the cabinet got it's first makeover; painted black from it's former deep red hue. 

My "scraproom" circa 2010 - the cabinet was now dressed in classic black
Along with nearly everything else I could paint - other than the walls

Then in late 2011, daughter returned to her room upstairs and I began to decorate my new basement art studio with an antique theme. I was determined to replace as much plastic as I could with old wood and metal -- which meant that the Sterlite drawers of my favorite cabinet now stuck out like a sore clear-plastic thumb.

Something had to be done...

So once again, thanks to hubby's help (and power tools), this past weekend we transformed it to better fit in a Victorian Studio. My trusty cabinet received a facelift of stained wood fronts and antique brass and porcelain handles. A total $24 investment (for the antique handles on eBay), as the wood and stain were already on hand.

My cabinet today - yep, it's still a plastic organizer on the inside,
but pretty vintage-y on the outside
A side view


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  1. fantastic!!!! your hubs is a genius and so are you!!! :D


  2. Now that is very creative thinking! I would never have guessed behind the lovely wood was plastic.

  3. Wow! Way to think outside the box! Looks great!

  4. That is an awesome idea!!

  5. Wow that's a great project. You are super organized!!! Thanks for the inspiration : )

  6. LOVE it! I wish I could be that organized. My creative spaces all look like lace blew up everywhere. =)

    Blessings... Polly

  7. Thank you all! I am lucky hubby helped me out; I fear I have no experience with power saws...

    As for being organized, I am also OCD; I have to have everything in it's place... ;)

    Must be why I love cabinets so much!

  8. That's a very clever approach to just cover the fronts with wood! Genius

    Sylvia in Edmonton


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