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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Furniture Makeover: Painted Multi-Drawer Hardware Cabinet

Dated and brightly colored hardware drawers get a vintage-inspired industrial makeover with paint and hardware! 

How about we start off 2021 with a furniture makeover? 

Recently, I picked up two brightly colored handmade hardware cabinets from a local auction.  I always gravitate toward multi-drawer pieces and knew right away I could breathe new life into these dated, brightly colored drawers. 

Even though the drawers were handmade, they had lots of character, loads of storage and were perfect for a vintage-inspired industrial update. 

Bright colored hardware drawers before

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- Multi Drawer Dresser, Cabinet or Chest (You can create the look of multi-drawers using THIS tutorial) 
- 80 and 120 Grit Sanding Pads
- Drill and Small Drill Bits
- Screwdriver
- Simple Green 
- Paper Towels
- Tape Measure


The bright colors and mismatched hardware may be hard to look past, but it's only paint and easy to change. 

Dated hardware drawers before
I started by removing all the hardware and giving the drawers a good sanding with 80 and 120 grit sandpaper. 
Removing old hardware
I knew I was going to distress the drawers and wanted to limit the orange and blue paint from showing, so I made sure to sand off most of the prior paint around the drawer edges. 

Sanding dated wood hardware drawers
I repaired major issues with wood filler, but kept most of the previous holes, dings and gashes to keep as much character as possible.  

After sanding, I cleaned the drawers with Simple Green, gave them three coats of General Finishes Lamp Black, distressed each drawer, applied dark antique wax around the drawer edges, waxed the rest of the drawers with finishing wax then added the new bronze hardware and caster wheels. 

Bronze label pulls on storage drawers

Painted vintage-inspired multi-drawer cabinet

Black hardware drawers with bronze hardware

16 drawer wood hardware storage drawers

The roughness, hardware holes and dings may not be for everyone, but I love the character it adds to these previous discarded drawers.   Now they have the perfect vintage industrial vibe and are perfect for adding a statement to any workshop, office or craft room!

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Before and after industrial storage cabinet

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  1. Beautiful! Love that you added casters.

  2. Yup. I too love the usefulness and look of a multi drawer piece. Excellent transformation! Thanks. And that's a great picture, btw. You are dressed for chilly weather, but the sky is so pretty and blue. Gives a cozy feel to the photo.

  3. I love it!
    Found your blog yesterday after seeing that little blue cabinet of yours in Country sampler Farmhouse issue.
    Now i am going to read all of the posts :)