I did it! I finished this, whatever the heck it is! I have to say it nearly ended up in a pile and on fire but I held myself back and stayed with it until the end.
Without further ado (and a warning on lots of pictures), here it is:
I wish I could say this was a piece of cake, and it was, if the cake was made out of a butt load of crap and steel and was uncooperative to say the least! BUT I PREVAILED!!
It has it’s quirks that’s for sure, which I’ll tell you about in a minute. But first let me show you some pictures and tell you the steps I took to get here:
1. I took off the back to expose “stuff” inside which needed to come out
2. SLOWLY I disassembled this piece by piece.
3.This is a picture of it after I took all the crap out of it, which was heavy and dusty and nasty. I even busted out the tools to get it all out!
4. The front was the tricky part. You know how I loved this thing for its grid on the front, right? Well I found out later that the grid part was plastic and attached to this metal mesh thing with velcro. VERY OLD VELCRO. And to make matters worse, it didn’t fit the front. It kind of sat in the middle adhered only by the velcro. (Pay attention here, this will come into play later). Oh and I had to beat the mesh out of there with a hammer. and remove all the rusted nails. ewww.
5. Finally ( and I stress Finally,) I was left with this outer shell with a big whole in the middle. Don’t know if you can tell from this photo.
6. So being the DIYer that I am, I built a shelf! I found an extra piece of thin wood I had and cut it with an old saw to fit. I was like super woman this day!
So what came next was cleaning, sanding, painting etc.
Now here were the problems I encountered with this piece AFTER the initial gutting.
- Paint – I originally wanted it a bright orange. I thought that would look really cool. But what I got after buying the spray paint was more of a highlighter orange and not pretty at all. Fail #1
- Grid- It was plastic so I couldn’t drill into or put screws in it or it would break. Fail #2
- Grid(cont.)- It also didn’t fit the front so I had to come up with an idea to keep it on the front and still make the whole piece accessible to be used as a shelf. Nothing came to mind. Fail #3
- Magnets- read on! Fail #4
At the end I found some lime green paint and painted the interior with it. I think it looks great this color and I didn’t even know I had it.
The front never worked the way I wanted to so I bought a pack of brackets and had this great idea that I would mount the brackets and glue magnets onto the grid so that it would come on and off easily. Yeah, well that didn’t work. The magnets didn’t hold at all. It just fell right off.
I ended up gluing (epoxy) the grid to the brackets. I’m hoping it stays. So far, so good!
The bad thing is you have to go in through the back to put anything in or take anything out because the front’s not coming off (that’s the plan anyway).
So in the end, does it look much better? YES!
Did I make a treasure out of trash? Yes!
Is it economical? NO but it looks pretty!
Here they are again! Before and after:
I hope you enjoyed my struggles and like the way it turned out! I’d love to hear what you think!
Rita (saving trash one day at a time)!