Upcycled Record Cabinet to Faux Card Catalog


Hello, friend!  Things have been getting busier around here with my next market just over a month away, which means lots of projects in the works!  Also I have been working on something really exciting behind the scenes which you will be hearing about soon.  🙂

But first, a new makeover!  An upcycled record cabinet.  If I go a week or two without working on any furniture, it really gets me down.  Transforming furniture is therapeutic for me; it’s definitely a stress reliever.  Do you feel the same?   

My sweet mom scouted this one out and picked it up for me:

Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

*Friends, today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday with a few of my creative blogging girlfriends.  You can see what they’ve transformed this month at the end of this post – and you can browse our previous T2T makeovers Here.  Also, this post contains some affiliate links so you can easily find some of the products I use and recommend.

Unfortunately it was really scratched and beat up, but that’s how I like to do my makeovers – turning someone else’s “trash” into a treasure.
Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

It’s hard to tell from the outside, but this was actually a vintage record cabinet.  I was deciding what to do with this piece and got a wild idea – I grabbed the saw from my mitre box and cut all the dividers out. 

Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Now there’s so much more storage space inside.

I filled the holes with Minwax Wood Filler and then sanded them smooth.  Very easy.

Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

If you’ve been following me very long, you know I love card catalogs – but they’re hard to find and usually expensive, so I like to make faux DIY card catalogs.   🙂

I painted the cabinet in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite, measured the doors, and then Guy in the Garage cut rectangles out of thin craft wood from Menards.

Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

The panels were glued in place with my favorite industrial strength super glue which I use on all my faux DIY card catalog projects.

I always have card catalog drawer pulls on hand – these are from Amazon (find them here).  Since the screws that came with them are tiny, I added a bit of glue first for extra adhesion.  I don’t want anyone pulling to open a door and having the drawer pull fall right off!

Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Finally, this upcycled record cabinet was protected with Annie Sloan’s clear wax.

And here’s the end result…

Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

I just adore making faux card catalogs.  Even if it doesn’t fool someone, it’s definitely a unique piece of furniture to have in your home.

Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

If you’re not familiar with the paint color Graphite, it’s a mix between dark gray and black – like a chalkboard.  I’ve been doing a lot of white makeovers lately so it felt good to pull out this can and use it again, and it’s perfect for this piece. 

Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Here’s a look at the inside of this upcycled record cabinet:

Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

And here’s a reminder of the before (you can pin this image on the left side of the page):

Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

As always, I’d love it if you left me a comment with your thoughts or any other ideas for transforming a record cabinet like this.  I’d also appreciate if you’d pin or share this project with a friend – thank you!

Jen

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Now it’s time to see what my friends are up to for Trash to Treasure Tuesday, our monthly makeover group:

Trash to Treasure Tuesday

Below are the Before photos – visit the links underneath to see the After and learn how they did it.

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Here are a couple other faux card catalog makeovers I’ve done:

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    • Linda Henry
      April 10, 2018 at 1:11 pm (7 months ago)

      So inventive. I have a half size of a record chest like urs. Thanks for the inspiration. Luv following ur page.

      Reply
  1. Carol S
    April 10, 2018 at 6:51 am (7 months ago)

    Really cute and creative. I love AS graphite. It’s such a great color. Thinking of painting my front door that color. But back to the record cabinet update, I love your creativity. For me it would have been hard to get past giving up the great original pulls. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Marianna
    April 10, 2018 at 7:06 am (7 months ago)

    This piece is awesome!!

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  3. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule
    April 10, 2018 at 7:40 am (7 months ago)

    I LOVE it Jen! Now I wish I’d gone ahead and made mine a card catalog, lol. This turned out great. xo

    Reply
  4. Debra Wise
    April 10, 2018 at 8:40 am (7 months ago)

    Love this as a card catalog! It’s gorgeous!

    Reply
  5. MaryJean
    April 10, 2018 at 8:51 am (7 months ago)

    Oh, that is so cool Jen! And I love the color!

    Reply
  6. MrsSW
    April 10, 2018 at 9:28 am (7 months ago)

    Wonderful!

    Reply
  7. Robyn Wright
    April 10, 2018 at 10:50 am (7 months ago)

    I love it!

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  8. Marcie Lovett
    April 10, 2018 at 11:57 am (7 months ago)

    It really does look like a card catalog. I’d go up to it and try to pull the drawers open, no doubt! What a fun makeover, Jen.

    Reply
  9. Natalie
    April 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm (7 months ago)

    Really nice makeover! However, I dislike having things used as decorative touches that only look useful – fake dormers, drawers/drawer pulls, curtains on walls when there is not a window behind, etc. I would have used either the original hardware pulls or a new pair for the same area… would be just as stylish and more appropriate to the piece.

    Reply
  10. Lizzy Leff
    April 10, 2018 at 2:55 pm (7 months ago)

    SO good! I must do this.

    Reply
  11. Lena
    April 10, 2018 at 2:57 pm (7 months ago)

    I love this. I picked up a cute little side table with a cabinet door at an estate sale last weekend and I think I’ll try this look.

    Reply
  12. Carrie Schlottman
    April 10, 2018 at 3:15 pm (7 months ago)

    Love it! I’m a fan of card catalogs too so this really caught my attention.

    Reply
  13. Cate
    April 10, 2018 at 3:58 pm (7 months ago)

    What a great job! I so enjoy your posts and seeing your creativity! Kudos!!!!

    Reply
  14. Bonnie Hipps
    April 10, 2018 at 6:27 pm (7 months ago)

    Wow what a great save. Love the color you used and it really looks like individual drawers.

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  15. M
    April 10, 2018 at 7:24 pm (7 months ago)

    Love the look, I love card catalogs and the color is awesome!

    Reply
  16. Terri Hughes
    April 10, 2018 at 10:16 pm (7 months ago)

    Nice job….I love it!

    Reply
  17. Melva
    April 10, 2018 at 10:24 pm (7 months ago)

    Jen, I just love how you made over this piece. You breathed new life into it. While you changed the original style you made it fun and colorful. Great job! Thanks for the inspiration.

    Reply
  18. Barb
    April 11, 2018 at 7:41 am (7 months ago)

    I refinished a similar record cabinet like yours in 2016. I didn’t have quite the imagination you had, though. I painted the cabinet part white and stained the top. I put more contemporary door pulls on it and we use the table to store papers and magazines in, plus a lamp table between our two recliners. I love card catalogs, too, and you’ve done a great job imitating one!

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  19. Pam
    April 11, 2018 at 8:09 am (7 months ago)

    At first I thought, “Oh no, not another card catalog!” But it’s absolutely the greatest!! I will be on the lookout to find one and do this. Thanks. (And I pinned it.)

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      April 17, 2018 at 10:09 pm (7 months ago)

      Haha, I laughed so hard at your comment! I do love card catalogs! 😉 And I just found a big wide dresser just like the one I turned into a faux card catalog last summer. Guess what I’ll be doing with it… Thanks for your comment Pam!

      Reply
  20. Rhonda
    April 11, 2018 at 8:20 am (7 months ago)

    I love how the cabinet turned out. The color is fabulous too. I’ll be Pinning this post for a little inspiration down the road. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  21. Missy
    April 11, 2018 at 11:12 am (7 months ago)

    My fingers just couldn’t pin this any faster? You are a genius. Love everything about it.

    Reply
  22. Marie
    April 11, 2018 at 12:43 pm (7 months ago)

    Wow, you completely surprised me on this one! Was not expecting that and it looks amazing. Such a great idea and I love it painted graphite too. Pinned 🙂

    Reply
  23. Carol Claremont
    April 11, 2018 at 1:36 pm (7 months ago)

    Jen, this is gorgeous. I love the color. You have given me an idea for a piece my daughter has. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  24. Cathy Klose
    April 11, 2018 at 2:45 pm (7 months ago)

    Really cute! I’ll have this craft wood stuff. I can see a lot of applications for that.

    Reply
  25. Beth
    April 11, 2018 at 4:54 pm (7 months ago)

    I Love it!, Really like the graphite color paint, adorable! You are an inspiration:)

    Reply
  26. Kathleen Walsh
    April 13, 2018 at 3:26 pm (7 months ago)

    I have a very old cabinet with slots in it I have sm kitchen so I put Skillets and lids in it ,talk about perfect fot me gave me more cubbord room! I have a ? Can you get gold paint in a can ot spray paint ? I need it and cant find any

    Reply
  27. Kathleen Walsh
    April 13, 2018 at 3:43 pm (7 months ago)

    By the way yours is beautiful,was that wood filler you used ? I don’t always reply haveing health problems 😤 trying to perk up 💕💕

    Reply
  28. Kathy
    April 13, 2018 at 6:29 pm (7 months ago)

    Sweet! I never thought it would turn out so well, as I saw the pieces your hubby had cut to glue on the front! Y’all are an impressive team!

    Reply
  29. Nancy
    April 19, 2018 at 7:28 am (7 months ago)

    One of the nicest transformation I’ve ever seen. Beautiful job!

    Reply
  30. Maureen
    April 25, 2018 at 11:26 pm (7 months ago)

    Thanks for sharing this Jen and all the details such as the card catalogue pulls. I love what you have done with this cabinet.

    Reply

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