If you’ve shopped at ReStore, you’ve seen our talented assistant manager, Liz Ashley. She’s always on the go, assisting customers, moving furniture and organizing donations.
But did you know Liz is also an accomplished Do-It-Yourselfer? A neglected, rusted metal filing cabinet arrived at ReStore, and she saw a potential gift for her husband. With a little elbow grease and innovation, she made a fantastic tool chest!
Liz didn’t take a before photo, but here’s a stock photograph of a similar item. Imagine this piece very rusty!
What you need: (most of these items can be found at ReStore)
*wire brush or scrubber sponge
*Rustoleum spray paint
- Scrub loose particles and sand where needed.
- Wipe with a clean, damp cloth and let dry. You can also use baking soda and water or other eco-friendly techniques listed HERE
- Remove drawers, doors and hardware.
- Spray drawers and doors with Rustoleum spray paint, preferably outside. Rustoleum covers rust and imperfections and leaves a nice finish. It comes in every imaginable color, so pick something fun! You can always paint it a different color if you’re unhappy.
- Allow the paint to dry completely.
- Apply a second coat and let dry.
- Replace drawers and hardware.
- Pat yourself on the back and enjoy!
If you’re working with anything rusted, you have to decide whether the piece is salvageable. Use caution when working with rusted metal. Definitely use gloves and work outside if you can.
We want to hear about your DIY projects. Send your story and before and after photographs, if you have them, to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may win a $25 ReStore gift certificate if we post your idea!
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