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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Small Chest Makeover

From the first time I saw this little chest, I knew it had potential. But first it had to do some time at college with Lil. When I got it back, I knew I wanted to turn it into my tool chest and put it in the garage until I could work on it. When I cleaned it out the other day, I found an old Bugs Bunny toy that the girls used to play with when they were little. I don't know what it was doing in the drawer, but I pulled the string and it still talks!

Before: (I forgot to take a Before photo until I had already primed two drawers)


I wanted these drawer pulls:
But at almost $20 each, I couldn't do that. So I bought a piece of 1x2 oak for $6 and made my own drawer pulls and handles. I cut the oak into 10x1x1 strips, painted them silver, and used aluminum spacers to hold them away from the drawer fronts.

I also had to build supports for the wheels as there was no base on the cabinet.

After the wheels were on, everything was painted, and pulls put on, the last thing I did was put in rubber drawer liners so the contents wouldn't slide to the back every time it was moved.
Painting it was the real challenge. I began painting the drawers outside, but the heat made the paint dry fog before it coated the surface and it looked terrible. So Hubby rigged a spray booth in the garage and I sanded and repainted everything. Note to anyone attempting to use a spray paint in a small, closed space: Don't forget to wear a respirator. Suffice to say, nose hairs are not the best paint filters.

Hubby thinks I have gone paint crazy, because I also painted some metal containers I had. I intended to use these in the laundry room, but that didn't work out. But I think they'll work just fine in the garage for all that stuff that won't fit in a drawer or pegboard.
Before: (and again I already had one painted before I thought of taking a Before photo)




  1. Wow! Now that's what I call a transformation! I LOVE it! You're awesome Marti :-)

  2. very nice....I have some filing cabinets that I got from my neighbors as they were moving. They are a bit scratched up from being in their garage, used as tool storage. So, they sit in my garage, awaiting spray painting. Of course, first there was the wind and now the heat. The spray corner is a neat idea. I may need to try to build one for me.

  3. Thank you. If you do make a paint booth in your garage, we used a cloth drop cloth on bottom and one long piece of plastic for the sides with a single opening on one corner. The tarp doesn't blow around like the plastic and doesn't stick to your feet as bad. And every place Hubby stapled the plastic to the ceiling, he wrapped the edge of the plastic in a piece of cardboard first. It kept the staple from pulling out but made it really easy to pull the plastic down with a tug when we were finished.

    Soooo much better than spraying outside and being limited to times when the wind isn't blowing and there is shade. But it is a lot like a sauna.

  4. that is the coolest redo i've seen .. ever! LOVE IT!!!

  5. Awesome! The small tool chest looks exactly like it's counterpart!

  6. This is incredible! I'm eager to check out your blog from just this tool chest project.

  7. I think you should sell these!! What kind of paint is that awesome red!?! I just might have to come back often to get a good look again... {sigh}

  8. Forgot to say, popped over from Better After. And -thanks for the extra painting idea... We are adding hardwood to our guest room/office, and have a metal filing cabinet we need to keep in there. I can see it now.... in a matching color!

  9. Sandi @ Making It Homey said... This is the smartest idea! I wouldn't have ever had the vision of that becoming a tool box, I love it.


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