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August 15, 2018

One of a Kind DIY Antique Storage Cabinet

Library Cabinet White

As many of you know, I am a lover of all things antique or old! I don’t always look to the big box stores for my furniture as I am always on the hunt for that diamond in the rough! I came across this beautiful library cabinet at a garage sale years ago and had to have it! I was never quite sure where or how I was going to use it but in the end I have transformed it into a beautiful one of a kind DIY antique storage cabinet and I am so in love with how it turned out! Take a look below at some before and after shots of the make shift salvaged piece!

The library cabinet was previously used as a tool box by the old owner in his shop. It was extremely heavy and full of really big tools so instead of moving it when he needed to paint the floor, he just painted all around it. Unfortunately he accidentally painted the piece right to the floor in his shop, so when I purchased it took a lot of work to actually get the piece out of he building and into my vehicle! I originally thought about keeping the cabinet to use if I was going to have a storefront to hold hardware, But after a while I decided it would make the perfect peace in my office.

The only problem is it wasn’t very tall! So then I was on the hunt to find something to put underneath. And that’s when I came across this antique washstand! This piece was pretty worn and had been well used and it’s time. It needed some elbow grease if it was going to work as a base for my big cabinet. But the dimensions were perfect fit underneath so I was determined it could work!

Canadian Tire had approached me to collaborate with them on the colour of the month for August, Gold Champagne so I thought it would be a good time to pick this piece as my project piece! I love Canadian Tire Premier paint as the coverage is excellent and although I was nervous to paint this piece but I was so happy with how it turned out!

I ended up lightly sanding the piece down and then doing two coats of the Premier Paint. I lightly sanded the edges to give it that distressed feel with a mouse sander and finished it off with a bit of dirty wax! It now holds my printer and designer samples for my business Vintage Society Co as well the top library cabinet I’m using as a wine rack!! Bottles fit perfectly into each of these drawers and lay flat which is great!

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I loved the piece in grey but decided I wanted to change things up again to match my decor a bit more. I chose to paint it a colour called Porcelain from Canadian Tire as well and I LOVE IT! It fits in so much better with my style now and I love how much it makes the hardware pop!

Antique Storage Cabinet

What do you think? Which colour do you prefer for the storage cabinet? Let me know in the comments below!

  1. Heather Smith says:

    Very beautifully done. You must have had to take off the brackets that held the letter designations. Did you polish them up or place them back on as they were? Very lovely and Jersy is growing up so nicely.

    1. Thank you so much Heather. Yes I took them off to paint. I didn’t polish them though. Just popped them back on 🙂

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