Garage Junk Repurposed

Hello beautiful Friends! I’m back today with a fun little project. This is from a couple  of years ago. It’s one of my favorite projects because something cute and functional was created out of mostly trash!

I started with this:

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This wasn’t the trash part. One of my favorite friends in the whole world saved a few things for me thinking I could reuse them in some way, and this was one of them. It became the  perfect door frame for this sweet little mini cabinet:
DIY Mini Storage Cabinet with Reclaimed Wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Isn’t it cute? That frame was my jumping off point.

DIY Mini Storage Cabinet with Reclaimed Wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I had spent several days completely cleaning and organizing my garage. I purged a whole pile of junk, including this wood thingy that was left from the previous owner and stashed deep in a corner:

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That arrow is pointing to the source of the wood for this cabinet! (See? I told ya’ll this cabinet was mostly trash!)

I gave my hubby a chance to get rid of it, but after five days of it sitting in our driveway, I told him he lost his chance and dragged it back in and dismantled it.

DIY Mini Storage Cabinet with Reclaimed Wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I used the wood from that thingy for the cabinet and shelves…

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One of my favorite tools is my miter saw. It makes it so easy to make small cuts like these…

DIY Mini Storage Cabinet with Reclaimed Wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I filled in the door frame with reclaimed wood (aka old fence picket) that I also cut with my miter saw…

DIY Mini Storage Cabinet with Reclaimed Wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

DIY Mini Storage Cabinet with Reclaimed Wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

The frame was painted with pure white DIY chalk paint, then sanded and waxed with Annie Sloan’s clear wax. The rest was white-washed with flat white latex using this method. (That link leads to a cute tray I made similarly.)  I did not seal any of those pieces.

To build the frame of the cabinet, I simply made a rectangle the size of the frame I used for the door. I used wood glue and clamps to assemble it, then added the two shelves. I secured it all together further with my nail gun. Finishing nails and a hammer would do the job as well.

To attach the fence picket pieces to the frame, I used my staple gun since they were flush with one another.

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You can also see I used a magnetic closure I picked up for 97¢ to hold the door closed.

The frame was painted with pure white DIY chalk paint, then sanded and clear waxed with Annie Sloan's clear wax. The rest was white-washed with flat white latex using this method. I did not seal any of that.

For the back, I cut and covered an old picture that came out of another frame. It was thick like frame matting but a bit more stiff and perfect for the backing. I used spray adhesive to cover both sides with pretty brown wrapping paper, then staple gunned it to the back as well.

The frame was painted with pure white DIY chalk paint, then sanded and clear waxed with Annie Sloan's clear wax. The rest was white-washed with flat white latex using this method. I did not seal any of that.

I also added a couple of D-rings for hanging.

But my favorite has to be the hardware!

The frame was painted with pure white DIY chalk paint, then sanded and clear waxed with Annie Sloan's clear wax. The rest was white-washed with flat white latex using this method. I did not seal any of that.

These were black hinges I already had, but didn’t love. I decided to paint them instead…

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This is Behr’s Gray Morning. I did the handle the same way.

Don't like the exisiting hardware? Paint it!

So much better and they really add a pretty pop of color to this cabinet.

DIY Mini Storage Cabinet with Reclaimed Wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Perfect for holding nail polish…

DIY Mini Storage Cabinet with Reclaimed Wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

but this would be great for makeup as well, or in a kitchen for spices?

I built this cabinet similarly to hold my spices before I redid my kitchen. (That one hangs on the end of a cabinet…great use of unused space!)

DIY Mini Storage Cabinet with Reclaimed Wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

SImple DIY Mini Cabinet from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

This was a pretty simple project, and it could be made in any size.

This project is probably new to many of you and I hope you enjoyed it!  It was fun turning actual trash into something pretty and functional!

Have a great weekend, Friends! 😊

XO,

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Comments

  1. Wow what an adorable cabinet! you’re so talented. thank you for sharing it and making clear for us readers. oh yest! the hardware is perfect!

  2. Christina in FL says:

    Christy, i adore the way your creative mind works. 🙂 This is a brilliant little cabinet which could serve so many purposes. I bet it sells so quickly in your booth. 🙂 I adore the hardware and rustic charm.

    • Christy says:

      Aww thanks, Christina! I wasn’t a fan of the hardware before at all, but it was all I had…I was pleasantly surprised at what a coat paint did for them. 🙂

  3. Mary Kaiser says:

    I remember this one and I still Love it!

  4. Fantastic job!

  5. Jamie Kennemer says:

    That is genius! And pretty! Everyone needs one of those! Love Love ❤️❤️

  6. Terry M says:

    I love boxes of any kind but this one has to be one of my favorites, so cute and functional, You did a great job on it, thanks for posting how you made it.

  7. As always, your projects are so inspiring! I’ve pinned quite a few just today. Thanks for sharing with us.

  8. Terri Hughes says:

    WOW…..great idea for an old picture frame. Very nice!

  9. You are amazingly talented! I am in awe of what you do.

  10. You amaze!!!! I want a nail polish holder too!!!!…..you’ve got a lot of the same colors!!! …..surprised there’s no pastel blue in there!!!
    God bless,
    Addie

    • Christy says:

      Aww you are the best, Addie!!! Thank you!! I do have a few blues but they aren’t OPI ha ha…I just had to have all matching bottles! XOXO

  11. Such a cute project! You are so good at turning trash into such creative treasures! 🙂 xo

  12. Very cute cabinet! It’s perfect for smaller items. Btw, do you mind me asking what is the exact mitre saw you have? I’d like to get one and want one that’s easy to use. Thanks!

    Cecilia

  13. Dee Bell says:

    Im inspired to go out and buy a mitre saw., Really beautiful piece. Thank you for sharing the how-to.