Happy New Year! It is good to be home from vacation, over the flu (yuck), and almost back to school (my kids start back tomorrow).
I am ready for a fresh start and have lots of things to improve on this year! Speaking of fresh starts...I have a great project to share, one that needed a fresh start and a new life. My Cubby Shelf Revamp.
As I look at these pictures it makes me miss the warm weather! I made this at the end of summer, a far cry from the snow and ice we are covered in now. I shared it on My Repurposed Life back in October.
When I first spotted this cubby shelf it was a mess, so I left it sitting by the dumpster. Of course I was kicking myself for leaving it...my junk lovin' free findin' self just couldn't handle it! Within the hour I had my 14 year old in tow and we were headed back to cram it into my van.
They were pretty upset when I said they had to clean it out! I had decided to revamp and donate this cubby for my daughter's dance studio as a place for the dancers to store shoes and bags while they were in class. It was time to get to work...
TSP a great cleaner that I got at HomeDepot. It took care of any residue so I could paint. I was really impressed with it, since this was my first time using it.
Kreg Jig and built an outer frame.
I used the short boards as the spacers to make sure I was placing my horizontal boards in the right place, then I glued and screwed them on, with a little help from my Automaxx face clamp.
I got them all attached and then removed my spacer boards.
I was so excited I placed the boards on to see how it was going to look. It is amazing the difference trim makes!
I busted out my command max sprayer to paint and it worked great, but I soon realized my mistake. The warning voice in my head told me I needed to fill all the cracks with spackle before hand, but I stubbornly ignored it. Can you see the cubbies, and how bad they look? The wood cracks were not going to disappear no matter how much paint I used. So I started over, filled in all the cracks and used caulk on the seams. Then I primed.
And I painted. Again. The difference is night and day. I had to bring it on my covered porch because it was sprinkling all day, when I went to pick up the kids from school there was a huge downpour and the rain splattered all over it, I had to wipe the whole thing down. Thank goodness the paint was dry!
I added some scrap wood and casters to the bottom.
I glued and nailed on the top board. Mmmm, I love 80 year old barn wood.
Once the top board and casters were on I added glue and nailed on the face frame.
Lastly, I added all the small divider boards with glue and nails.
After filling in the nail holes I re-painted the trim. Then I added a few coats of poly to the top wood board and I was finally done!
Oh, and I added hooks to each side so the girls can hang coats and bags as well. Can you see some of the holes in the plywood? I didn't plug them up, I figured there was no need to. They add some character. :)
The casters are really nice to have since this is a beast at over 6 feet long. They make it super easy to move.
This is the back, it will be up against the wall so I didn't fill in the cracks.
The front looks so pretty with the trim!
This is the other side with hooks. I got the hooks from DLawless Hardware in Oil Rubbed bronze, and I LOVE them! I first saw them when Gail from My Repurposed Life used them on her DIY Coat Rack Repurposed Bunk Bed, and I knew I had to have them, especially because they were such a great deal!
I grabbed some of my daughter's things to stage a photo, and that is when I decided that it needed something a little more...
Live Love Dance" spirit to the piece (the name of the studio).
I sealed all the vinyl with mod podge since the wood was pretty rough, and it was ready to go!
I am in love with the top, so beat up and pretty!
Here it is starting it's new life in the studio.
I would say this cubby shelf got a great fresh start, and I know the dancers have loved using it. It makes me smile every time I pick up my daughter from dance and see it in use. Ahhh the magic of some good old DIY and TLC!
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