Sunday, June 26, 2011

Storage Bin / Tool Chest – Before and After

Recently, my husband went to an estate sale and came back with this industrial grade, steel storage bin:
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And it was full of these drawers:
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And he turned it into this!
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Here’s how he did it:
First, he used a furniture stripper to peel off all the layers of yuck:
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Until they looked like this:
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Then he got out these tools:
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And one at a time, the drawers were put in a vise to get polished:
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Until they sparkled like this:
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After everything was sparkly, it got a coat of this spray paint which we LOVE:
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And now my hubby has a brand new storage bin for all those little hardware pieces:
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Closeup of hammered spray paint finish:
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Next project: he has to sort out the contents that came with the bins:
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Something tells me he won’t mind this project, now that he has a fantastic looking storage bin to put them in!
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Kinda looks like a library card catalog, doesn’t it?  Maybe I’ll make him some labels for the drawers.
Before and After:
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  1. How Great! I would kill for a bin like that. It was a lot of work and he did a great job.

  2. This storage bin turned out marvelous! It looks great! I can only imagine the WORK that went into it. Great job!

  3. Wow-what a transforamtion! It looks great! Love your buffet, too. You are both mucho talented!

  4. I would love to have a cabinet like this..Great job and what a great find..Have a great week..

  5. Great Project Terry! It's great to see you both doing before and afters. It's really inspiring!

  6. The finish looks so professional! Nice job!

    ciao from Newport Beach

  7. What? How is that even possible?? BRILLIANT! Seriously--I keep going back and forth from between the before and after. Such a stunning piece. Now I want one! Thanks for sharing!

  8. That's just too cool! It would even look good inside~are you sure you don't want to fight him for it?

    He did a great job!

  9. Wow! He did a wonderful job! It looks great.

  10. that's BRILLIANT!!!!
    I want something that cool for my sewing supplies. Bravo hubby!

  11. How nice! Definitely worth the work.

  12. WOW! What an amazing transformation! I'm so impressed!

  13. I am impressed! I would never think that rusty, old metal could end up looking so good! I want a storage bin like that!


  14. Great project! I always see bins like this around and think "I could do something with that"! I just needed a little inspiration. Thanks!

  15. This piece is an AMAZING accomplishment...great find too! I'm SUPER jealous. ;) About to post this to my FB it and thanks for linking up!!

  16. Oh my goodness! I love love love this!

  17. I would love to have a cabinet like this..

    1. Good storage bin with good purposes. I would say that It will be very useful things for every purposes of storage. Nice information with attention to detail description.