Thrifted Cabinet Makeover – How To-sday

August 4, 2009 separator Before & After

Do you guys remember the Bedazzler – that little machine that would bling your clothes out to kingdom come? Well, that has nothing to do with this, but I used the work ‘dazzle’ in the post title and had a flashback. I don’t think it was a good one either.

Anyhow – How To’sday has become something of a before-and-afters from my move of late because I’ve been having a bit of trouble finding people to do tutorials. *hint, hint* Therefore, instead of learning how to do something new and fabulous, you get to see what I can do with roughly 18 cans of spray paint and how cute my tiny so-called kitchen is now.

I got this little gem at the thrift store for $4.50 and used it at the last place to hold my growing collection of Etsy shop merch. Well, after moving my furniture to the new pad, I was horrified to find that my beloved cabinet had betrayed me. How, you ask, can a piece of cheap, old furniture commit betrayal? The beast left a giant, bright orange rusted spot on my linoleum. Don’t worry though – I still love it {and was able to sand the rust off the floor and polish it to get my deposit back}, so I decided to give it a makeover.

The cabinet was a sickening harvest-gold-meets-avocado hybrid with a sooty, stained top, so I went through three cans of white semi-gloss spray paint making it presentable. I sanded and buffed the top and threw on the mid century modern chrome knobs, and then I hammered some little feet into the bottom to protect the floor at my new, not-yet-destroyed apartment. I turned it into an island/countertop extension for my studio-style kitchen, and I honestly love the result!


  1. When I was in college, I rescued a cabinet very similar to this from someone’s trash. My Gramps & I stripped it, painted it and he put a nice butcher block top on it. I used it to store cat food in my tiny apartment. Almost a decade later, it was banged up pretty badly in a cross-country move. The insurance adjustor who evaluated the damage gave me $300 for it after I told him the story. Then he fixed it for me free of charge. It now holds my Etsy inventory. (It’s also left plenty of rusty footprints behind.)

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