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Monday, March 12, 2018

How to Give New Storage Drawers a Vintage Industrial Look

An easy way to give new and inexpensive wood storage drawers a vintage industrial look using paint and stain.


I usually go to Michaels with a project in mind and a supply list in hand.  Other times, I go solely to wonder up an down the aisles with no plan or direction.  The other week was one of those times that I headed to Michaels without a list or plan.  I had a 20% off your entire order coupon (you know you can't let those go to waste!) and was hoping something would catch my eye.  I picked up a few crafts for my daughter and was headed to the checkout when I spotted mini wood storage drawers.  I had never seen these drawers before and knew with a little paint and stain I could easily give them a vintage industrial makeover.

How to achieve an aged look with paint and stain


SUPPLIES NEEDED TO MAKE VINTAGE INDUSTRIAL STORAGE DRAWERS
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- Artmids mini wood knob storage drawers (by the registers)
- Paint (I used Sherwin-Williams Forestwood)
- Gold Leaf Rub 'n Buff
- Martha Stewart ORB decor paint
- Antique wax
- Scrapbook paper
- Paint brush
- Sandpaper
- Hammer, screw, seam ripper
- Mod Podge
- Vintage brass tags and decorative fasteners (or you can use these)
- Dap Rapid Fuse All Purpose Adhesive
- Drill
- Small drill bit

These mini wood storage drawers are near the checkout and come in three different designs.  I grabbed the ones with the little button knobs and used a 20% off coupon making them $1.60 a piece.

Wood storage drawers before

HOW TO AGE AND DISTRESS NEW WOOD WITH PAINT AND STAIN

STEP ONE: DISTRESS

Old vintage wood has a lot of imperfections, so you'll need to mimic that look and give your storage drawers a few dents and dings.  I grabbed a couple items from around our home (hammer, screw and seam ripper), but you can use whatever items you have available.  The object is to add dents, puncture holes and random marks to age your wood.

Tools to distress wood

How to distress new wood
STEP TWO: PAINT

After you have your wood banged up a bit, add a couple coats of your favorite paint.   I used Sherwin-Williams Forestwood since I just bought a quart for another project and thought it would look great paired with the antique wax.

Painting mini wood storage drawers
STEP THREE: DISTRESS AGAIN

After the paint is dry, add a few more holes and blemishes to make sure the imperfections really stand out.  Take a piece of sand paper and sand the corners, edges and random spots on both the drawers and outer boxes.
Adding wax to painted and distressed wood storage drawers
STEP FOUR: APPLY ANTIQUE WAX

Apply a layer of antique wax over all the boxes and drawers.   If you don't have a fancy wax brush a simple paper towel will do.
Paint and wax covered mini wood storage drawers
STEP FIVE: DRESS UP THE DRAWERS

You can simply paint the inside of your drawers or add scrapbook paper for a fun surprise.   I chose to add world map scrapbook paper to the bottom of my drawers, which I attached using Mod Podge.
Adding scrapbook paper to painted and distressed wood storage drawers.

Scrapbook paper in bottom of storage drawers
STEP SIX: UPDATE HARDWARE

I used ORB metallic craft paint and Gold Leaf Rub 'n Buff to "age" the wood knobs and vintage brass tags that I had leftover from a previous project.  I added Rub 'n Buff first then mixed in ORB metallic paint while the Rub 'n Buff was still wet.

paint supplies for aging wood knobs
STEP SEVEN: GLUE BOXES TOGETHER

I chose to glue my boxes together horizontally using Rapid Fuse All Purpose Adhesive.   Another option would be to leave them seperate or attach them vertically.
Gluing wood boxes together
STEP EIGHT: ATTACH HARDWARE

I finished off the drawers by attaching the wood knobs and vintage locker tags with Rapid Fuse then used a drill and small drill bit to drill holes for the decorative fasteners.

Adding hardware to mini wood storage drawers
I could not be happier with how these mini storage drawers turned out.  They look perfectly aged and you would never know they started out as new wood boxes.

How to give new storage drawers a vintage industrial look


Painted and distressed mini wood storage drawers

How to age new wood with paint and stain

How to give new storage drawers a vintage industrial look

How to give new wood a distressed look with paint and stain

Next time you're planning a trip to Michaels be sure to add these adorable mini storage drawers to your list.  They're so easy to transform into vintage industrial storage and would make a perfect stylish addition to any office or work space.


     
How to give new wood vintage industrial look








      

7 comments:

  1. These look amazing! Can't believe they started as new wood. Appreciate all your pix and detailed directions.

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  2. Those sure are cute!! The locker tags make them look authentic. Nice job!!

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  3. LOVE!!!! and you added maps on the inside for that special touch. Beautifully done

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  4. They look amazing and vintage!

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  5. They look amazing and vintage! I also love the inside "map", and the metal tags.

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  6. You can still use them vertically by turning the cubes upright and just rotating the drawers. So cute!

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  7. What a great idea, and yours turned out perfect. Thanks for saring.

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