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Revamped Office Storage – From Boring to WOW

Large companies are always changing their furniture and you can often get their old stuff for a bargain. The only problem is it usually looks like old office furniture with no character. Hubby got this boring little set of drawers for free when the bank that he worked for decided to re-decorate their offices.

Boring office storage

Boring office storage

Not pretty but very functional and perfect for storing all his tools in the garage. I could probably just have painted it, but it would still scream “boring office storage” with those handles.

Now I don’t know if you remember all those license plates I bought at the China Mall? Yup, we’ve already used some to make a light for Calin’s bedroom, but I have lots more.  Some of the number plates have this gorgeous rusty look that I wanted to try reproduce using some left over Annie Sloan Old White and Graphite Chalk Paint we have lying around. And they would be perfect to hide those handles 😎

Gorgeous rusty look

Gorgeous rusty look

To create a rusty look I started off by painting the drawers and the storage unit in Graphite. Once the paint is dry, apply random streaks of Metallic paint all over then dry brush on a coat of Old White Chalk Paint following the grain of the “wood” (well it’s not really wood, it’s that mock stuff, I think it’s called formica, that they put on chip board that looks like wood). Wait for the paint to dry and then sand. In some places I sanded all the way down to the original mock wood stuff and in others I just gave it a light sand.

Layers of chalk paint

Layers of paint

I’m not sure if the picture is clear enough, but the first one shows the Graphite with the streaks of metallic paint. The middle pic is after dry brushing on Old White and the last one is after sanding. Looks kinda rusty? Anyhows, once the sanding is done I gave it three coats of clear wax to seal it. All that’s left to do is to screw the license plates onto the drawers and add some new hardware.

Annie Sloan Clear Wax

Apply clear wax and screw on the license plates

No more boring office storage. What do you think? Does it work?

Revamped office storage, perfect for the garage

Revamped office storage, perfect for the garage

Have you revamped any office storage units? Please share, I’d love to see what you’ve done.

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  • Posted: March 3, 2016 01:57


    This is such a great revamp! It's hard to believe it came from one of those boring old office cabinets. Your post was featured on the Bygone Vintage Linkup Party this week : http://bygonevintage.com/vintage-wednesday-linkup-party-12/
    • Posted: March 3, 2016 07:50


      Oh wow Bridget. Thank you so much!!
  • Posted: February 28, 2016 20:45


    Greetings from Texas, I just wanted to compliment you on your box. :) Your toolbox looks Nothing like before. I love the fact that all it required was craft paint, license plates and imagination. :) If the bank is giving away more (1980's) furniture you should take it!!!!!!! This look would be great on larger pieces too, like a horizontal (landscape) filling cabinet, then it could be used as a dresser or use it as a tv stand. Ready storage for bluerays, dvd's, psp & xbox games, remotes, batteries, throw pillows, whatever... You don't even need the license plates, if you don't want to use up your collection. Just paint and distress it. If you look at websites like Hobby Lobby, Pottery Barn, etc ( sorry I don't know any store names where you are) you'll see similar versions to yours, and look at their prices. You could sooo easily sell yours around that price range!!! I'm suggesting this to you, because the box looks great and I'm sure plenty of people would love a homemade piece, versus something boring from a big box store!!! May God continue to bless you, with health, inspiration, and supplies to create wonderful things. :) :) :) Rena :) Psalm 64:10
    • Posted: February 29, 2016 12:13


      Oh Rena, thank you so much for your lovely comments and blessings :-) Sending you much love from sunny South Africa
  • Posted: February 19, 2016 07:13


    It turned out just fabulous! I love it! Your furry babies are too cute!
    • Posted: February 19, 2016 08:50


      Thank you :-) and I'll tell the furry babies too.
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  • Posted: February 17, 2016 08:46


    Awesome :) :)
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  • Posted: February 5, 2016 18:50


    LOOOVE it!!