One of the original intentions of this blog was to share DIY projects as they progress. I have a thing for refinishing/restoring furniture, so I’m always on the lookout for old, inexpensive pieces that I can give a second life. That opportunity presented itself a few weeks ago when my friend Evie mentioned that her parents were moving into an apartment and unloading a bunch of old furniture. It’s an understatement to say I jumped on the chance. So, a few Facebook photos and $50 later, I scored what I think are two really cool pieces. The first is a chest of drawers that I got for $30. It has some cool detailing and I like the lines, but I’m still trying to get a picture in my head of how I want to finish it. So, I’m saving that one for later. Besides, I’m just too excited about the other one, which was a total stroke of luck.
When Evie dropped of the chest, she mentioned that a neighbor had bought a cabinet from her, but didn’t like it once she got it. She asked if I might be interested in that one too. I asked how much and $20 later I scored a really unique piece of junk. That’s what the hubster thinks anyway.
My $20 cabinet…isn’t he puuurdy?
I have to tell you…the lush that I am…that every time I see an interesting cabinet, I immediately think “that would make a neat bar cabinet!” So that’s pretty much what I thought when I discovered that this one had a lift-top and a really nice, deep upper compartment. There’s a hole drilled in the back of the cabinet too, so I’m thinking this may have been a stereo cabinet at one point, with a turntable up top.
Flip-flop, hinged top! Woot!
When we were unloading it from the van, the front piece fell off. OOPS! Maybe it is a piece of junk! Well, what one person sees as junk, I see as a creative opportunity!
Uh-oh! Is it supposed to do that?
I immediately started thinking “drop down panel” and began searching for hinges. That’s when I discovered “tip-out” hinges for false front on kitchen sink cabinets. I spent hours thinking of how I could make that work with the particular way that this cabinet is cut.
I love how deep the cabinet is. So many possibilities!
I awoke in the middle of the night with a whole slew of ideas and got really fired up to get this project started. I just love the inset panels and the little broken front. This is going to be an awesome bar cabinet when it’s done!
Inset panels on doors and sides gave me a really cool idea!