Upcycle a Cube to a Classy Console


When I first moved into my new house, I bought a Martha Stewart cube storage unit for my front entry.  You know the one I mean?  It's not the most attractive piece of furniture by a long shot, but it does the job for a reasonable price.

Now that I have my beadboard feature wall in the front entry, I don't really need that storage unit anymore.  It wound up in my den alongside all the other mismatched and unused pieces that I don't really know what to do with.   The poor thing sat there, unused and ignored, until I decided this past weekend to give it a makeover.

Here is the before shot:


Basic and kind of ugly with those drawer thingys...

Here's the full-on view Ya, well, it needs work...


I turned it on its side, added 36" 1x2 legs and 1x2 cross-piece centered on the bottom for bracing (not shown).  I topped it with a piece of maple plywood as well.


I used primed, fingerjointed pine for the legs and support pieces because I planned to paint the whole thing, but then I decided to use maple veneer on the sides of the piece:

So I used a Minwax Dark Oak stain instead and top coated with a water based poly.

Remember the ugly drawer thingys?? I have a sheet of 1/4" maple veneer.  I used the drawer as a template and cut two squares out with my circular saw.  I sanded the edges with a sanding sponge to make them nice and smooth and glued them to the fronts of the two largest bins.  I had two cute handles in my stash, so I drilled holes right through the veneer and the bin (helps to secure the panel to the front as well) and now those bins look like real drawers.

In fact, that process went so well that I measured the sides and cut two more pieces of veneer that I glued and nailed into place.  Then I stained all the veneer to match the top piece.  I added some felt "feet" to the bottom of the legs to avoid scratches on my wood floor.


Voila!  Now this sad little MS cast off is a thing of beauty! The perfect console table with storage and it's now counter height as well -  I love it!!





Cheers!


57 comments:

  1. Excellent job making over the storage unit :-) Love how you created drawers from the parts that were already there.

    Are those your paintings? :-)

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  2. This is terrific Anne! It really doesn't even closely resemble it's previous self. And of course that's a good thing!!
    You're going to get so much more use and enjoyment out of this piece now :-)
    Victoria

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  3. That is a great look! Nice thinkin'!

    You'll have to let me know if I got it fixed....I think I'm a reply blogger once again :)

    Hope your weekend is going well!
    --Katie

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  4. Incredible! I never would have envisioned your results from that piece.

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  5. This looks fantastic. I love it, it is a great use for storage. Love the candlesticks on top.

    Cynthia

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  6. Great idea and lovely makeover. I'd put it any where in my house.

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  7. Anne, this is really incredible!! You are right, it came out so great ... those do look like real drawers, perfection!! (And love the sailboat art there, too!)

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  8. Anne,,

    This is so amazingly clever! Well done my friend. Superb transformation!

    :)

    Linda

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  9. How creative! It turned out great!
    Susan

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  10. Looks good!

    I'm hosting my first linky party - would love for you to join in:

    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com/2012/09/weekend-warmth.html

    Thanks,
    Bobi

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  11. You are pretty amazing!!! Your new little table looks just marvellous!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  12. What a beautiful recycle. I'm always impressed when people do such a fantastic job completely changing the look of the furniture.

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  13. What a wonderful job! It truly is Totally Transformed! Thanks for linking up at the TTT Party. Peggy :-)

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  14. You really transformed it into something beautiful. Great job! I want to do something like this one of these days.

    ViaBoxes.com

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  15. This cabinet redo turned out so beautifully, Anne--I love the shade that you stained it, and how you redid the baskets so they now look like drawers--very clever! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today--always a pleasure to hear from you!

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  16. Anne,

    I can't believe you made that! What a brilliant transformation. I can't even believe it is the same piece!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  17. How smart you are! That is a brilliant idea and looks great too.
    I see a new trend... ;)

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  18. Those cube storage units are so plentiful, great way to use them to meet your needs. Can't believe you made it, too!

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  19. You did an awesome job Anne! It looks great!! Enjoy your evening, Gail

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  20. An excellent job, Anne! It's a terrific transformation!

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  21. Wow! That was an awesome redo! I love how you totally changed it up by adding the legs! You are so creative!

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  22. Wow! I'm so impressed! Great job! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  23. So pretty and extremely clever, Anne!

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  24. This is simply awesome anne!!!! WOW what a transformation! Not being a pain...but please hook it up with Junkin Joe on friday because it ROCKS!!!! : ) hugs...

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  25. Wow, what a transformation! I would have never thought to do that, how clever of you! It looks gorgeous - nice job!

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  26. Wow! Just wow! I would have never recognized it from the "Before" pic! The veneer is a great idea, it gives unity and character to the entire piece. And to use veneer on the fake doors is so inventive ;)

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  27. Well Anne ... that is being real creative. Great job as usual.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/
    Timeless Treasures

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  28. Anne....what a spectacular piece of furniture that you created...What a great idea to add the veneer to the front of the boxes....unbelievable!!...you are amazing!!

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  29. My gosh! You are so talented, Anne! I would never have envisioned how you transformed your piece. Amazing!

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  30. Very clever! I think that you did a great job repurposing this little storage unit. It looks terrific!

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  31. Absolutely brilliant! Would never have thought of that!
    Beautifully done

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  32. Such a smart girl you are!! You always amaze me.
    Elyse

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  33. Aren't you clever to think of such a brilliant way to revamp a ho-hum piece? It looks great!

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  34. duuuuude! that's amazing! what a great transformation, and super budget friendly, too.

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  35. Great inspiration, Anne! Thank you for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday!

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  36. Wow, can't believe its the same table

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  37. That looks great! I fixed up an expedit I bought at IKEA...those shelves come in handy but sometimes need a little TLC. You can see my shelf here...

    http://mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com/search/label/IKEA

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  38. I have the exact same piece, and use it in the front hall for shoe storage. Love what you did, and it's so handsome now. I can't say I'd be so clever, but you did give me ideas on giving it a top, at least!

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  39. My goodness what a great transformation! Looks fabulous!
    Blessings,
    Susie

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  40. Ingenious! Thanks for sharing this unique transformation. Visiting from MMS, Angela @ Mrs. White Twig & Tea

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  41. Anne,
    Amazing transformation!!!!! Looks great girl!
    xx
    Anne

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  42. Very creative!!! Wow! It doesn't look like the same piece. Great job!
    Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend.

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  43. Well done!
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

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  44. You are so talented!! The drawer idea is brilliant! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I always love to see what you have been doing - and it is always A LOT!!!
    Jenn :)

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  45. Amazing! I have several storage cube units that could use this makeover!

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  46. Wow these are great photos, you truly did a amazing job! I came across your blog while I was looking for moving boxes in Houston and storage units. I'm happy I did because I love seeing DIY posts like this. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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  47. What a great idea for this!!! You are so creative!!

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  48. I love this piece. You are so talented.

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  49. Wow what a great idea. I have larger Ikea versions and it would be cool to make them a little taller and look like nicer pieces of furniture. Thanks for the great idea.

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  50. Oh. My. Word. I'm in love! I have two of these cubbies that are getting an upgrade!

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    1. Thanks so much Tricia! I'm so glad I could inspire you!

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