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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.
Not pretty but very functional and perfect for storing all his tools in the man cave. 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 😎
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.
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.
No more boring office storage, amiright? And when it comes to furniture makeovers this is probably my second favorite one. The epic stack of suitcases still wins 😉 But I would love to know what you think? Does it work?
Let me know what you think or if you’ve revamped any office storage units?
And as always wishing you a very happy, craft filled week.
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