Or this post could be titled “How to glam up a junky, pink Goodwill cabinet for zero dollars and turn it into something functional for the kiddos”. But I figured that title was kinda long.

We decided we needed a little mini space for Avery to hang her coats and keep her shoes/gloves/scarves, since we don’t really have an entryway or a mudroom.

So hubs scoured the house and found the lovely pink cabinet in the attic. Here it is in all it’s glory…

We performed surgery on it and hung it on a little corner beside our steps. It’s been working great! Avery is SO proud to have her own little space!

Here are the surgical procedures that we performed:

Hubs added a leftover piece of molding to the top shelf to make it look a little fancier. He also cut out lines in the back of the cabinet to look like beadboard (I searched our house and couldn’t find a single little scrap of beadboard to use. But this worked just as well – just took more time.)

He also cut out the lines on the drawer to make it look a little more substantial. And we replaced the handle with one we already had and added hooks to the bottom of the shelf to hang coats.

Oh yes, and I painted the cabinet a cream color and glazed it dark brown. I typically mix paint with paint conditioner to make the glaze, but I didn’t feel like going down to the basement to get the conditioner, so I just mixed the brown paint with a little bit of water, and it worked great.

This is how we spent our Friday night. We are such glamorous weekend party-people!! Ha!

Can I just tell you how much fun it is to turn a piece of junk into something functional and pretty?! And for zero dollars, I might add! Gotta love that feeling!

December 14, 2009 — Aimee Weaver