About three weeks ago, I was poking around in my local antique mall when I (very literally) almost tripped over an old, rusty nine-drawer office supply cabinet. It seemed so perfect for holding rubber stamps that I knew – I absolutely knew – it would cost $50, making star-crossed lovers of us, right there in the middle of the store. When I saw that it was marked at $20, I produced a spontaneous love sonnet (or maybe that was a rhyming hairball) and raced out of the store before anyone else spotted my bargain.
Much as I love all of the wear and rust on the outside, I couldn’t wait to clean and line the drawers.
On the outsides, all of the drawers have these plates, which could thankfully be removed with a pair of pliers, leaving me with a flat work surface.
Ordinarily, this is the part when I break out the paint, but this time, I went in a different direction: I decided to use a poster, mostly because my husband had given me a kickass anatomical poster of “The Skeletal System” for Christmas, and I had not found anywhere else to hang it. As I started cutting it up, I had to remind myself repeatedly that it wasn’t actually vintage, just an inexpensive reproduction.
To adhere the strip(s) of poster to the cabinet drawers, I coated the metal with a mixture of gel medium and glue. Once I smoothed on the paper, I simply reinserted the metal plate.
To my delight, I discovered as I worked that this is a very forgiving project. The image doesn’t have to be lined up perfectly from one drawer to the next, and if a little extra trimming is required after the strip is cut out, that’s okay, too.
I was super excited to show my husband, who said, “You do realize you’ve turned that into a statement piece, right?” Double bonus points to husband for the fabulous compliment, and double TURBO bonus points to you if you try this at home!