When I started cleaning out the den, I came across an old ply-board drawer set. It was cheap back in the day when it was purchased, probably about 20 years ago. When I was in college I decided to paint it red and “age” it with white and black paint. Then, I thought it would be wonderful with veggies stenciled on the drawer fronts. (Thank goodness I sanded those off before anyone could get a picture of them!)
I found this “lovely” cube of red drawers hidden in the back of the closet covered by a bunch of other stuff. And, rightfully so. It was pretty hideous looking. But, it’s still sturdy and still could be useful. So, I decided to paint it a nice simple white and paint the drawer fronts with chalkboard paint.
Now, I can write on the drawer front so that we know what’s inside. This is where my husband keeps his cables (a collection?). I never knew so many cables existed! But, now they’re all nicely organized in this cute little cube of drawers. It’ll go back in the closet, but at least it won’t get covered over due to its ugliness.
It was pretty simple to do this project. I sanded all the ugly old paint off of the drawer fronts and off of the cube with a power sander. I used a pretty heavy grit because I wanted to round the corners of the cube & the corners of the drawers. I painted primer on the whole thing. I painted the cube with a flat white interior paint (it took 3 coats). And, I painted the drawer fronts with chalkboard paint (2 coats needed there). Then, I waxed the bottoms of the drawers with furniture wax so that they would easily glide on the track. That’s it. I finished it in a couple of days. And, I’m pretty happy with it!
It just goes to show you that even ugly old inexpensive items can get a new useful life if you just take a little time to fix them up.