Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Making a display cabinet

Sometimes Wednesdays are great.

Wednesday is garbage day in our neighborhood. This morning, taking my daughter to the bus stop at 5:30, I spotted this in someone's garbage heap:

In the morning darkness I thought I had found a total treasure...

however, morning light revealed this dresser was made mostly of particle board and cardboard - far less than what I thought I had found. But still, this could be something!

The drawers were useless. I couldn't even squeeze or shove them into place. Under the drawers was... cardboard!!

So, I removed the cardboard,

Removed the center braces...

and started to disassemble the drawers.

Next, I removed two of the exterior drawer braces.

Then I cut the dove tail drawer sides to lengths that would work as a shelf surface once they are lined up together. The dove tail details give the shelf edge a nice dentil molding feel.

I saved the hardware - you never know...

And, I looked over to our new air compressor in hopes to use the pneumatic nailer. But I opened the box and was overwhelmed. I'll have to read the directions before I attempt that!! It would have been perfect for this job since I didn't want to pound away at the delicate braces to attach the shelf planks.

But, that's what I ended up doing and it worked just fine.

And then it was finished. A very rough cottage looking piece - perfect!

I added a couple coats of paint from a very old can I had. I wanted a nice and thick vintage cottage coat.

I am really happy with how this turned out. It will make a perfect display shelf to use at the Mercantile Mall where I sell my vintage finds, antiques and painted furniture! I can't wait to fill it up.


  1. That was a fun tutorial. I am impressed that you had that vision. The paint totally transformed the piece. I think it will look amazing at the shop.

  2. OMG that was amazing.. I LOVE it! What a great idea and a great tutorial! I will no longer pass up the crappy dresser I find on the street! I can't wait to see this at the shop!


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