When I finally settled on a look, I had to discover the treasure pieces I would transform into my storage solution. You know that feeling when you have inspiration but don't have the piece or in my case pieces to pull it together. It is so frustrating! However, once you find that special item to complete a look it feels like heaven.
So, I decided to try to find old doctors or medical storage cabinets for my solution. It seemed that the scale of the 1930s-1950s metal cabinets would be the perfect fit. It also would give me shelves and doors to organize my craft supplies. I wanted something I could restore. The antique malls and online stores were outrageously priced. Although, I have to admit there was a moment when I almost threw in the towel and overpaid for the cabinets. But I'm glad I held out.
When I opened the storage closet inside the garage that no one else seemed to care about opening. There they were! A pair of metal doctors cabinets covered in spiders and dirt. As you can guess, someone had been using the cabinets as paint storage and all kinds of other grimy garage things. I had to ask what they wanted for them. The answer... $10! Score! Only $5 each. So I found an old towel and wiped the cobwebs out, removed the contents, and loaded them up.
|Disgusting, sticky mess.|
The cabinets were a challenge as you can see. I sanded primed and painted them. Oh and I also cleaned and cleaned and cleaned and cleaned them. It was a chore! But my hard work was going to pay off even if it killed me.
|Looks like someone used it to test their spray paints on:(|
Here they are drying, done and looking just like I pictured them to be. I finished them with Heirloom white paint from Home Depot and touched up the bottom with black. I was thrilled with the result and happy to have my storage solution.
The cabinets are not identical. One is noticeably older than the other. Which does not impact the look or function I was going for. Each of the cabinets still had the company label inside. It confirmed that these were indeed used in a medical clinic originally. The seller also had mentioned his father had been a doctor for 30 years. I love the cabinet and I am happy I was able to save the medical cabinets and give them a new purpose.