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. Case in point, the hubby got a boring little set of drawers for free when the bank that he works for decided to re-decorate their offices. And it was just blegh. So with the help of a few license plates, we revamped that office storage and turned it into this beauty.

With the help of a few license plates and paint you can revamp office storage into something special. Get the tutorial here. #ACraftyMix #Officefurniture #HomeDecor

This is what she looked like before her makeover.

A boring chest of drawers gets a beautiful makeover

Not pretty but very functional and perfect for storing things in his man cave. I could probably just have painted it, but it would still scream “boring office storage” with those handles. I knew I could go one step further with this makeover.

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How to give office storage a unique makeover

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 to reproduce using some leftover paint we have lying around. Plus the license plates would be perfect to hide those handles 😎

Boring handles on old office storage

Don’t they just scream, I belong in an office?

A boring chest of drawers gets a beautiful makeover

To create a rusty look I started off by painting the drawers and the storage unit a grey graphite color.

Paint the office storage with a dark grey graphite color

Once the paint dries apply random streaks of Metallic paint all over.

Add a tiny hint of copper to bring out some of the rust tones

Then dry brush on a coat of white 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 chipboard to make it look like wood.

Dry brush on a layer of white craft or chalk paint

Wait for the paint to dry and then sand.

Dry brush on a layer of white craft or chalk paint

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.

Sand the layers of paint to expose the layers underneath

Play around until you’re happy with the look.

Screw the license plates onto the drawer fronts

Apply three coats of clear wax to seal and protect the paint.

Apply a layer of wax to seal and protect the paint

Screw the license plates onto the drawers and add new drawer pulls that match the revamped office storage look.

Add small gold knobs by screwing them onto the license plate and drawers

Boring begone!!!! Here’s a look at the before again.

A boring chest of drawers gets a beautiful makeover

And here’s the all-new, revamped office storage after an hour’s worth of work.

With the help of a few license plates and paint you can revamp office storage into something special. Get the tutorial here. #ACraftyMix #Officefurniture #HomeDecor

Totally worth it in my humble opinion.

With the help of a few license plates and paint you can revamp office storage into something special. Get the tutorial here. #ACraftyMix #Officefurniture #HomeDecor

What do you think?

With the help of a few license plates and paint you can revamp office storage into something special. Get the tutorial here. #ACraftyMix #Officefurniture #HomeDecor

When it comes to furniture makeovers this is one of my favs. Our epic stack of suitcases still wins still takes first place but that one took a little longer.

With the help of a few license plates and paint you can revamp office storage into something special. Get the tutorial here. #ACraftyMix #Officefurniture #HomeDecor

And if you having some boring office furniture that you want to revamp, then why not pin the idea so you can comeback to it later.

With the help of a few license plates and paint you can revamp office storage into something special. Get the tutorial at A Crafty Mix. #ACraftyMix #Officefurniture #HomeDecor

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