Made up problem:
I use our office as my sewing room, it is an open room and I didn’t want all my craft supplies to be part of the decor.
Solution: Craigslist is one of my favorite things, I found this computer hutch made of solid wood for $35.00! ( Why on earth would you not tidy it up before you took a picture attempting to sell it ?)
Sanded it down really well, and put 2 coats of primer on this puppy, it smelled like cats and smoke, I was not running any risks of it smelling up my house. I have used this primer for multiple projects in my house and can’t complain.
Next I added drawers to the bottom cubbies so that I could utilize all of the space. I also raised up the entire unit. I built a basic platform out of 2×4’s and then put a piece of 1×4 on the front of it. It made it sit nearly 4″ taller and it needed the visual weight to make it a little more bottom heavy.
I ended up distressing the cabinet after the final coat of paint. I know there are a lot of fancy products for distressing, but I go basic.
I always just use a sander with a fine grade paper, I scuff up the edges and areas where there would be natural wear. Then I take an old rag and a little stain and run it over the edges. ( I work with one small area at a time) Immediately after applying the stain use a different rag with a little bit of baby oil on it, and rub the area you are working on. It will even out the stain and make it easier to work with. Then just let it dry.
TA DA! A craft closet in a room that doesn’t have a closet. Problem solved.
Break down :
Media Cabinet $35.00
Paint $0.00 (leftover from previous projects)
Stain $0.00 (leftover from previous projects)
Total = $35.00