Look! Toni's CraigsList Cabinet Transformation

Look! Toni's CraigsList Cabinet Transformation

Jeanine Brennan
Dec 8, 2008

We love seeing creative transformations of craigslist finds. AT reader Toni transformed a wood cabinet she scavenged into a cool bar cabinet birthday present for her husband, who is also a beer brewer for Pyramid Breweries in Portland. Inspired by this Eddie Ross makeover, Toni scoured craigslist for the perfect starter piece for her project. Click after the jump to see the amazing results and oh, Toni needs our help helping her decide on a finishing touch....

First Toni sanded to remove the old finish and to reveal the original wood structure. She also removed the shelving rails (thats true attention to detail!). After sanding, she applied a coat of primer on every surface, then sanded again with a super-fine grit so the paint would go on smoothly.

The bureau came without sliding doors so Toni made them inbetween her daughters naps!

To make the doors, she bought some sanded plywood at Home Depot for $8 and had it cut to size (first cut is free, additional cost a quarter). She made handles from trim and glued to the new doors. Sanded, primed, painted… lather, rinse, repeat.

And Voila! We think it looks great! The long handles look like they've always been there. Toni painted the interior a semi-gloss white, the exterior is a flat mystery Home Depot "oops" color ($1!) in the green range. While she was at Home Depot, she also picked up a panel display lock that'll make the cabinet babysitter & baby proof.

For a finishing touch, Toni was wondering whether she should take a can of high-gloss clear finish and make a large tone-on-tone diamond pattern on the top. She hasn't committed to the idea yet and we were hoping people would weigh in and help her decide. Opinions?

Happy birthday, Toni's husband, We're sure you loved it!

>>>Toni's photo's on flickr

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