Upcycled Storage Cabinet Makeover – Trash to Treasure

Hey guys! I’m so excited to be sharing a makeover today – it seems like it’s been forever!  I just love Trash to Treasure day.  It’s always fun to see what my friends have transformed with their free or thrifted items.  (You can see their projects at the end of this post.)

So obviously today is NOT Tuesday… long story short, my web host was having problems so my blog was completely shut down all day Monday and most of Tuesday.  When it started working Tuesday night, I couldn’t sign in to actually do anything – I was totally locked out – and I could finally sign in this morning (Thursday).  Hooray!  What a crazy and frustrating series of events and everything is (hopefully) all good now.

Trash to Treasure Tuesday

Here’s the storage cabinet that I redid.  I use the word “storage” loosely.  It’s made out of really flimsy boards and I think it’s meant to hold CDs or DVDs. (Or maybe it’s a toilet paper tower? Ha)  Anyway it is super tall and thin.  I bought it off someone in a Facebook group months ago and honestly had buyer’s remorse afterward.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it!

Upcycled Storage Cabinet Makeover - Before

First I painted all of it in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Old White.  Then I added a graphic on the front.  To do this I created a vertical word in PicMonkey, printed it onto transparency paper, and then used an overhead projector and traced the letters onto the cabinet with a pencil.

Plain to Charming: Storage Cabinet Makeover by Girl in the Garage

Then I laid the cabinet down and painted the letters with black craft paint and a thin brush.    The idea was for it to look like one of those old vintage signs that so many people hang in their homes.

Plain to Charming: Storage Cabinet Makeover by Girl in the Garage

I distressed it lightly and finally I added a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear wax to protect it.

Plain to Charming: Storage Cabinet Makeover by Girl in the Garage

From plain old boring to so charming, right?

Plain to Charming: Storage Cabinet Makeover by Girl in the Garage

This little cabinet has so much character now.

Plain to Charming: Storage Cabinet Makeover by Girl in the Garage

I adore these vintage suitcases I picked up a couple months ago – they were an added bonus to my antique buffet I was buying from a lady.  They weren’t for sale until I asked and made her an offer.  There’s proof that it never hurts to ask!

Plain to Charming: Storage Cabinet Makeover by Girl in the Garage

I know you guys have been on the edge of your seats since Tuesday just itching to see how I transformed this cabinet.  LOL.   I hope it was worth the wait.    😉

Plain to Charming: Storage Cabinet Makeover by Girl in the Garage

I’m so ecstatic to have my blog working again – yeay!  And even more so because I wanted to share this cabinet makeover with you guys.  It feels so good to be painting and creating again – and I’ll share another furniture makeover next week for Themed Furniture Makeover Day.


Now visit my friends’ awesome projects below:

Trash to Treasure - January 2016

1.  Prodigal Pieces

2.  Bless’er House

3.  Confessions of a Serial DIYer

4.  Artsy Chicks Rule

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14 Comments on Upcycled Storage Cabinet Makeover – Trash to Treasure

  1. Susan
    January 14, 2016 at 4:01 pm (3 years ago)

    Glad your page is back up.

  2. Anika
    January 14, 2016 at 5:36 pm (3 years ago)

    Thats a very nice makeover.

  3. Christy
    January 14, 2016 at 8:51 pm (3 years ago)

    So glad you’re back!! This cabinet turned out fantastic! I love what you did with it! Pinning and sharing!!

  4. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule
    January 15, 2016 at 10:15 am (3 years ago)

    Wow Jen, that is cute as can be!!! What a difference..love it! 🙂

  5. Marie, The Interior Frugalista
    January 15, 2016 at 6:52 pm (3 years ago)

    Jen, talk about from drab to fab – it definitely has loads of character now. I want one of these CD holders actually for my huge collection (yes I still listen to CDs) that is bursting at the seams. I would have walked right past this little beaut had I seen it but I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for one now. Pinning to share!

    • Jen
      January 17, 2016 at 11:13 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Marie! xo

  6. Susan Homeroad
    January 17, 2016 at 9:17 am (3 years ago)

    Jen that is an adorable upcycle! Love that it looks like a vertical sign with storage!

    • Jen
      January 17, 2016 at 11:12 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Susan! That’s exactly the look I was going for. 🙂

  7. Alicia@Eco Friendly Homemaking
    January 19, 2016 at 10:58 am (3 years ago)

    I saw one of these at Goodwill a while back and couldn’t think what to do with it. Sure wish I had seen this post sooner because what you did with yours turned out great! I am new to your blog and am so glad to have discovered it.

    • Jen
      January 19, 2016 at 11:47 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Alicia! Fingers crossed that you run across another one! 🙂

    • Jen
      January 20, 2016 at 9:19 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much, ladies! xo

  8. Crystal
    January 24, 2016 at 10:20 pm (3 years ago)

    Love it!! It is super charming!! Awesome job!!

    • Jen
      January 25, 2016 at 6:44 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Crystal!


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