BUILDING A SMALL SPACE WORKSTATION - gold dipped and turquoise

Do you need a dedicated work place but live
in a small space with little extra room? I have
built a convertible workstation for exactly
that, small space living. I used thrifted items
and transformed them into beautiful decor.
This is the next project I did for
Janome Canada in their MAKER's SPACE
series. This will be a two part "HOW TO",
with this first article showing you how it
works and how I started by building and
painting the base cabinets.

Whether you are a sign painter, jewelry maker, craft junky, or
seamstress having a work table with storage is great. But having 
that same table convert into beautiful decor when you are not 
working or for when company is visiting is a treat we can all 
have. Look at all the storage there is built into this project.


When it is time to set up this workstation the two cabinets move 
away from the wall to create two pedestal bases for the work
 surface to sit on. I made the decorative wall map to be the
 work surface. It simple hangs on the wall with 2 "D" rings.
Full details of the wall map will be published tomorrow.

I started with 2 used kitchen cabinets and some scrap lumber to 
build a box on the bottom of each cabinet. The box was to make
 them the right height, create a toe kick for your feet, and make a
 smooth but strong edge for the cabinets to slide around on. I used
 a compound mitre saw to cut my angles and a power driver with
 3 inch screws to attached the boards together and to the cabinet.

Castors could be used on the bottoms if you have a hard surface floor.
With the cabinets now lifted up to the right height I figured out
 where the shelves were needed. Then came a super good cleaning
 with warm soapy water because the next step was to paint them.


I picked a playful coral color for the interior, a turquoise blue for
 the exterior, and a gold dipped effect on the bottom. The coral
and blue were mixed colors using Annie Sloan chalk paint.


Yellow FROGTAPE worked marvelous for the gold dipped
effect because it was gentle on the newly painted surface but
 stopped any bleeding of the gold paint. The gold dipped
effect is done by taping off the complete bottom of an
item and painting it in gold to simulate the look of the
item having been lifted and dipped directly into gold.

#1. Plastic grocery bags can be used when taping off paint jobs.
#2. When comparing gold spray paint RUST-OLEUM looks most authentic

We don't get newspapers to our house so I had to come up with
 something else for paint projects. I have bought and tried other
 brands of gold spray paint, this is my favorite and works the best.


After enjoying the sun outside I brought the cabinets in and
started to play with the finished look of the paint. I did the
inset detail on the doors in white using a small artist brush.

 But my style is more vintage and I love aged finishes so I went
and got the dark wax and 2 pewter colored ring pull for the doors.

I have a great video you can watch to see how I use dark waxing
to achieve this aged look. Watch for the link at the end.


For the top of each cabinet I used a rough cut board that was the
 same depth. I cut it into two lengths for each cabinet, nailed them
 on with finishing nails, and used more dark wax to stain and finish
 the surface of them. To see another project where I used dark wax
 directly on raw wood, watch for the link at the bottom.


And when you're in a small space you learn to take advantage of 
every inch like installing hooks on the inside of the doors for easy
 access to tools.

Tomorrow I will share what discarded item I used to 
build the work surface from and the details of how it was done.

I hope this inspires you to create your own work station
to match your style and space.


I would also like to Thank, 
"Scrapbook and Cards Today" for sharing this project


Have you stopped into firstfinds hardware store lately?
Here are just some of the items available for your projects.

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1 comment:

  1. Great idea for tiny spaces! Need something like this in my sewing/office/clothes closet room.




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