Ugly cabinet turned art station - Lynn Fern

Ugly cabinet turned art station

We love to create things besides messes in this house.

My girls could sit and draw, color, make messes, create sculptures from play doh, make bracelets with teeny tiny little beads, paint, etc for hours.  They love to do anything art related!

I came across this cabinet that I thought was on the not so pretty side at an auction.  I guess others felt the same because no one wanted it, and I scored it for $5!

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See /\/\/\/\  that thing... not so pretty! And, it's heavy!  My husband asked me what exactly was my vision for this :::bleeping::: thing!  I said I don't know but it was only $5, I will come up with something.

I started on it about 8 or 9 months ago....hanging my head pretty low!  I then had plans for other things that I just couldn't wait to do.  I have a bit of a stockpile of furniture, and I have a bit of ADD.  The ADD is only with furniture & cleaning.  I start on one piece, look up at another & get immediate inspiration, drop my brush and start messing with the other piece. That is why I've been banished to my corner room in the basement that I call my studio...it keeps me somewhat sane :)

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8 or 9 months ago I had gotten it painted in Barn Red, tin ceiling tiles replaced whatever those boards were, and handles attached...

And, then she sat.  Until one day General Finishes had sent me a couple of samples as they did many different people. I had painted this dresser with one of the samples called Patina Green.  Oh my lawd I was in love.  You can see that dresser HERE.  If you went and looked at the post, you will see where I am headed with this cabinet.

One day my girls were downstairs with me playing while I was painting.  We were chatting back and forth about life, the things they love to do, as they were drawing.  At that moment it struck me.

I should make them a little art station for the living room (our living, dining room & kitchen is all one big open space...it's where we spend time as a family).  A place where they have coloring books, crayons, games, arts & crafts, etc.  I knew this cabinet was the perfect height for chairs if I put it on casters and add a top to create a bit of an overhang.  Plus being that it is so heavy, it'd be easy to move.  At that moment I was struck again... Ahhh wouldn't it be fun to add a chalkboard to the top so they can draw, erase, draw, and create more!

Since it was going in our main living area, I wanted it to tie into the decor.  I am so glad I put this project off for 8 or 9 months...see things do happen for a reason (and, no it's not to allow my brain that long to think of a plan).  Just the right color came along, to me without knowing it existed and General Finishes just knowing the right color to send.

Green Patina...
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It pairs up so amazing with Modern Masters metal effects.  I also talked about the metal effects in the blog post up there..

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Once it was all painted, I added this top to it.  Funny thing (see things happen for a reason) I had this top leftover from another project I had done....months (maybe even a year) ago.  This was an extra cut.

I sanded it smooth...and then painted the top in 2 coats of chalkboard paint, lightly sanding in between to create a nice smooth finish.

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I lightly distressed the body to show the red through.  I think it matches the rusty look on the tin tiles.  By the way those tin tiles were brand new shiny silver (I scored both for less than $5)...but thanks to the metal effect they look old and patina.

I also painted the back with chalkboard paint so they could draw on that side too.

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Somebody had to sneak into the picture up there :).  He's my helper and just loves to be where I am all the time.

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My sweet munchkins had no idea I was doing this for them.  They saw me painting it, but all they ever said was "ohhh mommy it's pretty"...good thing kiddos because it's yours!

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They have a place to store their stuff.. Trust me it is much more packed full by now...

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A drawer to store their electronics...no judging...they only play educational games :::cough cough::

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The chairs were a yard sale find that came in that great yellow color ($2.00 for the pair).  I had leftover coffee sacks from a previous project (they were actually given to me).  The top was extra from another project that I have already sold..  Paint was free.  I used very little metal effects. So this project cost me less than $15 to completely do.
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I know my girls will enjoy (already have) this art station. They were both very surprised & everyday you can find them sitting in their seats drawing, chatting, singing, creating, being an inspiration, playing and making memories with each other.  I love seeing that, and it fills my heart with so much joy!



Much love, peace & happiness...


21 comments

  1. I love this! Gorgeous and functional!

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    1. Thank you! I love the functionality of it...so far it's a big winner in my house :)

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  2. Lynn,
    Your piece is perfect for your little girls. I love the design you created to work in with your home style. I think the best part is I can imagine them laughing giggling and making memories from your story and your pictures. You are not only a very creative person but a wonderful Mom!
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

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    1. Oh gosh Karen that is so very sweet of you to say. I love my girls & to be inspired to make something special for them...just fills my heart with complete joy & happiness!!

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  3. wow! You did an awesome job!!

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  4. Oh my Lynn I love what you did with this $5.00 (what a score) piece. See, things always happen for a reason and putting this one aside was it's way (yes, they speak to us) of saying it had better plans for it's makeover. LOL What a fun spot for your family to enjoy "creative play".
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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    1. Thank you Marie for the kind words. Things do happen for a reason for sure and so happy this one was put on the back burner for a little while :)

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  5. So fun when things come together!! I love that you got this gem for so little and made it a signature piece that fits your style. Job well done!

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    1. Thanks Heather... I agree love finding these scores & turning them into something different & unexpected!

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  6. Gorgeous! Love the layer of colors & the tin for the doors!

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  7. hello....i just found you, by accident...i MUST tell you how WONDERFUL your work is....and what good you are doing for both your DAUGHTERS....i too learned from my mother AND grandmother AND aunts...my own daughter is an artist as well!!!! LOVE that you work with them and your DOG!!!! all mine are always with me!!!! beautiful job!

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  8. Love this! Homework station, art storage, and school supplies stash all in one hard working, good looking piece.

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    1. Aww thank you so much!! We've really loved having it & my girls will spend hours there hanging out working in workbooks, coloring, drawing, etc.

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  9. I love how you replaced the door screens. And the color is lovely. Very nice upcycle.

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  10. Very creative idea! I'm sure it will get much use. Thanks for sharing with us at Brag About It!
    ~Laurie

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  11. This turned out great! My projects usually take me awhile to complete too. My husband will ask what I am going to do with whatever I bring home and I tell him "I have no idea, but I will figure something out!!"

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  12. Great transformation !!Chalkboard paint adds a great functionality to the piece. Thank you for sharing with us @ #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you again next week.

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  13. I love your creativity! And yes, it does sound like it needed to sit for awhile before finding the perfect use in your home.

    Thanks for linking up at Motivation Monday!

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