Before & After: Painted Storage Tower

Before & After: Painted Storage Tower

Kimber Watson
Feb 3, 2011

There's just something gratifying about rescuing a piece of furniture that was, perhaps, destined for a landfill. And while I'm aware it is just another piece of "painted" furniture, revamping it with a neutral paint job and snazzy hardware means it won't get carted away anytime soon.

For me, this Before & After was quite essential; while it's nothing fancy, it is a functional piece of furniture that I just can't bear to part with. At the same time, it was painted ages ago and sure didn't fit in our new home, so it was either adios or invest time giving it a face lift. Seeing its potential, I gathered almost all the tools and supplies from my storage room and went to work.

For the tools, I needed a paintbrush, screwdriver, and drill. I'd also like to add a word on paintbrushes. For those of you that only ever buy cheap, almost disposable brushes, I highly recommend investing in a quality one as they make all the difference. Mine is an angled brush by Purdy, it cost about $15, but I use it for everything and have had it for years now. If you've never used a good brush, you'll be amazed at the difference in your brushstrokes, getting in the hard-to-reach spots, and even clean-up. Worth the expense!

This project was done on the cheap, as I already had almost everything I needed. For supplies, I used a primer, a gray and white semi-gloss paint to give the finish a nice luster, 7 knobs, and 4 casters. The knobs were from Anthropologie — I fell in love with the coiled rope knob the moment I saw it, but didn't purchase the knobs until they went on sale. I had no idea where I was going to use them, but when the price dropped to $3, I couldn't pass it up. The only thing I went out to purchase were the casters, about $6 for 4.


1) If it's a smooth wood surface, go over it lightly with fine sandpaper first, remove dust and then prime.
2) When it comes to painting wood furniture, I have found Sherwin Williams ProClassic semi-gloss enamel to be a great choice. It's non-yellowing, has an oil-like appearance, yet dries fast and without a sticky or tacky finish. I love it for furniture painting!
3) If you have to drill holes like I did for the hardware, pre-drill a small hole first and then go back with a larger drill bit if you need a fairly big hole. I find it to cause less splitting of the wood and the hole will be more accurate.
4) If you see something, love it, and the price is right — buy it! If you're the type where a new project is always waiting in the wings, it will usually come in hand.

I completed this project over a weekend, combined I probably spent about 7 hours working on it. I was very happy with the outcome so it was time well spent!

Images: Kimberly Watson

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