Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A free cupboard upgrade

I love a FREE cupboard.  This is the 2nd one that I have gotten and been able to redo.

I got one at a garage sale that we redid.  You can read about it here.

About a month ago, a good friend of mine posted on Facebook that she was getting rid of a tv cabinet.  She showed a picture of it and said it was free to the taker.  It looked like it was in perfect condition and since I needed a new stand for my tv in my office, I said that I would take it.  All I had to do was move it.

No problem.

Hubby and I went and got it and put it down in my office.  I have my tv on top, it's a little tall for a tv stand with it on top, but it's doable.

This is what it looks like with my tv on top.  It had a few scratches on the bottom but not that bad.  The black top fits in perfectly because I'm doing black accents in the basement.

This is what it looks like inside.  I think the tv is actually meant to go inside but I have other plans for it.

I decided that I was going to add additional shelves inside and use it as storage space for all my crafting supplies.

I measured the current shelf and then went to Home Depot and picked out some cupboard plywood.  I had them cut it for me, picked out some black paint and then came home eager to make over my new cupboard.

I thought I had taken some pictures of the wood when I was painting it but somehow they are missing.  Anyway, I painted the wood black and after I let it dry for a couple of days, I put a clear polyurethane on it.  I wanted the new shelves to feel like the rest of the cupboard.

I applied 2 coats of the poly on both sides and the edges.  I let the shelves dry for 24 hours in between coats.

I then inserted the new shelves into my cabinets and filled it with my stuff that had been taking up space on the air hockey table.

I love how it turned out and all the storage space it gives me.  I especially love that I can shut the doors and all the stuff will be hidden.

I have a 3rd shelf that I could paint black and replace the natural one with.  I'm not sure that I'm going to do that as I like it with natural on the top and bottom and the black ones in the middle.

Here is a before and after:


















I'm linking up with these parties..... make sure you check them out!!


  1. Gotta love more storage--and you can't beat that price! Thanks for sharing!

  2. [...] I had some cabinet plywood left over from my cupboard project. [...]



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...