Sixteen years ago I fell in love with a cabinet. I found it at a junk/antique shop and knew it was perfect for our little apartment.
It didn’t matter that it was $30 and we had no way to get it home… I knew it was something we could use in any room of our house.
Yes it was old and needed painting. The glass inserts for the doors were long gone, but this cabinet could be used for so many different things I knew it was worth the $30.
I don’t remember how we got it home (probably on the top of our little Saturn) but it was mine. It sat unpainted in our living room for a few months until I saved up enough money to buy a can of oops green paint. I made fabric panels for the doors and it became the “green cabinet.”
Over the years it has been our pantry, home office, craft cabinet, homeschool cabinet, tool cabinet, and much more. It’s lived in almost every room of our house from basement to the kitchen and has been my favorite piece of furniture.
Fifteen moves courtesy of the Navy took its toll on the green cabinet. The bottom doors were warped during a painting fiasco, the sides were chipped and dinged and the fabric panels were eventually replaced with plywood.
My father nicknamed it a piece of junk, but I still loved my green cabinet.
After painting my kitchen red I realized that the green cabinet needed a makeover. Well, it needed a makeover way before I painted the kitchen, but the red walls and green cabinet were too Christmas-y for me so it was time for a change.
I had some leftover black paint from my picture shelf project so I used it to paint the cabinet. I sanded the cabinet and used DryDex to fill in some of the chips along the bottom.
It took about two hours to paint the cabinet, including the inside. The entire time I was painting I kept telling my daughter that I couldn’t believe I waited this long to redo it! The green paint had been in bad shape for so many years but I just didn’t take the time to repaint it.
The paint was only $11 and I used it for the shelves, the cabinet and my daughter painted her desk.
The top part of the cabinet holds spices and canned goods, the small drawers hold coupons, the large drawer holds cloth napkins and the bottom holds my cookbooks.
The cabinet looks like an almost new piece of furniture in my kitchen. Why oh why did I wait so long….
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