Childhood, Decorating, Humor

The Little Record Cabinet That Could


So I have had this little cabinet in my home my entire adult life.
It was a gift from my parents when I was in 8th grade to hold my records and cassette tapes.

To clarify for my younger readers, that’s like a cabinet to hold your iTunes gift cards.

Originally it was white.
Then I think they painted it a robin egg blue.
Then hunter green. Then I painted it black.
So it has been sitting in my kitchen for the past five years holding photo albums instead of record albums.
I love this little guy, but I couldn’t help but notice how it looked a little blah lately.
I tried to help it out by painting the knobs white.
But it still looked sad.
Then I accidentally got white paint on the top of the cabinet.
 I almost cried when this happened because if I remember correctly, my mom stained the top of this for me years ago and here I ruined it in one fell swoop.
So I guess in a way it was fate intervening to get me off my butt and finally paint this thing.
Okay, maybe not fate but me being lazy and impatient then placing a lamp I had just spray-painted on the top of this to create this mess.
So after painting my old kitchen table turned media desk here, then trying my hand at painting my kitchen chairs here, I felt up to turn this bad boy around.
I emptied the photo albums and carried my record cabinet to the garage to start the entire painting process.
Here is the thing, I didn’t take any step-by-step pictures.
I think we all know what a primed and sanded piece of furniture looks like, right?
So why waste both our times showing you the process?
Personally, when I read a blog, I skip to the bottom to see the end right away.
But let me quickly tell you my thought process.
– originally I was going to paint it cream
-then decided after sanding it and priming it I would like it to be a cooler color, a little funky if you will.
– had some Strawflower spray paint by Rustoleum in the garage. Yes, I said spray paint!
– then after one coat of said Strawflower, I ran out of paint.
-went to Home Depot with a four-year-old four days later to find said Strawflower only to see they don’t carry it anymore.
– after 110 paint swatches and saying hello to the Behr Bear 30 times with the above four-year-old, I decided I could live with a different color but close to the original color yellow spray paint. I settled on Warm Yellow by Rustoleum.
So after approximately four coats of Warm Yellow, it looked like this:
I had drip lines on the front of this guy, not from the spray paint but from the primer.
I sanded and sanded…..probably four or five times….nothing.

The drips wouldn’t budge.

And since my time is important to me, and my standards are so low, I decided
It was gonna look distressed.
So after the last coat of spray paint, I did a little recreational sanding.
Let’s just say it is superb for the soul to do a little recreational sanding.
I took out some deep-seated aggression on this baby.
Apples are back up to three bucks a pound at the grocery???



We owe our crappy state more money in taxes??
I gained three pounds last week, even after sticking to my diet AND running three days a week?
The Kardashian Family?
So let me tell you about the deal of the century.
I needed six knobs to replace the original knobs on this cabinet.
Because they were getting nasty looking and since I had already done a really crappy job of spray painting them white, I needed new ones.
Here is a tip: don’t try to save money by spray painting knobs.
Go out and buy new ones.
Don’t believe HGTV or other bloggers when they tell you how easy it is.
It isn’t.
You paint them, have to wait forever for them to dry…..especially if they are metal……then you need to turn them and spray.
And turn them and spray and so on and so on.
 Then when you think you are finished?
You’ve missed a spot, and the vicious cycle continues.
Break down and buy new ones.

So I was at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago looking for new knobs for this project and found some really cute turquoise ones on sale for 50% off.
I want to say they were $4.99 originally less than half off, and I needed six.
And I was okay-ish with spending 20 bucks on the knobs because basically this project wasn’t really costing me anything but a can of spray paint.
Then I happened over to the clearance section and found these babies:
Guess how much.
Yep, 40 cents!
I couldn’t believe it.
But here is the thing, anytime anything cute is on clearance for that low?
There is a catch.
Especially with letters.
Usually only X’s or Z’s remain.
And who can spell anything without vowels??
I had more to work within this batch and with a few seconds, I actually came up with something.
I know, I scare myself sometimes.
Psst, the first thing I thought of?
So no, not that kind of uplift but brightening spirits kind of uplift.
Which, when you really think about it, is what I did to this dreary little record cabinet that has been through lots with me since we first when I was only 13 years old.
So if you are doing the math?
That makes 40 cents times six.
Which is $2.40 for all six of these!
See my little owl lamp?
My mom got one on Target online, and I loved him so much that I got one as a birthday present to myself!
He makes me smile every time I look at him.
Total cost for my furniture project?
Under six bucks.
Now I just need to find some records to put in it.

9 thoughts on “The Little Record Cabinet That Could”

  1. Oh girl!! That is a beautiful record holder!! Love the color! I got some of those same knobs on sale…but they were still like .99…what a steal!! Way to go!


  2. You just totally made my day reading this post!! You are awesome!! First, Happy Belated Birthday! Second, I love that you made it on the news! So fun! I also love the part about the sanding. What a good way to get some aggression out! And oh my ADORABLE!!!!! I LOVE the makeover on the table! It is Gorgeous! I love the distressing you did to it!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Thursday's Temptation.Jill


  3. Oh, I love it!Especially the "UPLIFT"-ing message and its frugal price tag.Awesome job. Now I'm off to search Target for that lamp!P.S. The Kardashian family would make me sand my butt off too.


  4. This is too cool! How about those knobs? So creative of you!You know, I miss records. . . something about their scratchy sound was kind of cool. :)Thank you so much for joining Grace at Home. I really appreciate it. Bless you!


  5. Happy Birthday! And you did a great job on your cabinet. I can scarcely believe it's the same piece. Thanks so much for linking up to Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust. Warmly, Michelle


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