Oops! Grain Sack Painted Storage Cabinet

Now that we have our over the couch shelf in place and one side of the basement almost dialed in, we’ve moved onto finding a storage area for our camping and fishing gear.  I’ve had two Sauder furniture cabinets for a good twenty years.  


I figured, hey, no reason to get rid of them now, they still work for storage, and that’s exactly what I need plenty of in this basement.


Just before we painted the floor, I had to run out to buy the floor primer.  I happened upon a can of oops paint in a kind of olive drabby type color.  I thought it would make a good compliment to the wall and floor color, so I bought it for $11.00.  It has come in handy, so far, starting with these two Sauder cabinets.



One of the cabinets still had it’s doors.  the other, were removed because my son had covered them with concert stickers while in high school.

I still have one of the doors and plan to make something for him with it, one of these days. (Second picture shows the two cabinets stacked together during basement update.)


I had boat loads of the floor primer left over, so I started by painting both pieces with the tinted floor primer.  I followed that up with accents of the oops paint.

For the open cabinet, I left the insides the primer color.  For the cabinet with the doors, I went with a grain sack design because I still like the grain sack look, and last I checked, the grain sack look still liked me;)


I used thick and thin blue painters tape to create the grain sack lines.  Painted a couple of coats all over the front, sides and painted the backs of the cabinets, too, and then follwed it up with a light sanding.


Now, the coolest part for me was #1, these cabinets have now been moved into place in the basement in such a way that it buffers the tv area from an all out view of the furnace.

If you look to the far right in this above photo, you can see the two cabinets against the wall.  The clutter on the floor is mostly what we’ve had stored inside them, we had to take it all out to move the two pieces.


I placed the open shelf with its back to the tv area.  I placed the grain sack cabinet facing the tv area.


#2, the grain sack cabinet how houses most of Ken’s fishing gear and some of our camping gear, as well.

This was easy and cost a total of $11.00.



The placement of the cabinets also addressed #3 “the elephant in the room”: the plumbing pipe that looks like it comes from no where and leads to some other no where…but would cost and arm, a leg and my left eyeball to reconfigure.

So by lining these cabinets up with the “pipe”, I’m thinking that at least it makes it look like the pipe is in a corner, rather than smack dab in the middle of the room.

Help me out, do you think the elephant has been tamed?  Even a little?





you have a happy week ~ Amy

ps: please excuse the lighting.  It’s a challenge to shoot photos in this basement because of the lack of natural day light!

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9 Responses to Oops! Grain Sack Painted Storage Cabinet

  1. Anne@DesignDreams May 4, 2015 at 6:46 am #

    Much nicer! It all works beautifully together now!

  2. chris aka monkey May 4, 2015 at 10:50 am #

    amy this basement has come so far, it looks so good and the cabinet paint jobs are awesome lucky break on the oops… they do separate the room from the hang-out space and the utilitarian area very well i like what you have done…. i am gimping along here took a small walk outside to see what plants have survived the winter and glad to say most did, but i was pooped when i came in it sucks to be old xx

  3. Bliss May 5, 2015 at 9:01 am #

    You will make something really fun for your son, full of memories, with that cabinet door. Get on that would you.

  4. Sharleen May 5, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    Looking really good Amy. I love your colour choices and the grain sac design. And yup., you got the placement good too. it really makes a huge difference. Ok. What’s next. ?

  5. Feral Turtle May 7, 2015 at 7:48 am #

    What elephant??? It looks so amazing Amy and you even get to keep your left eyeball, so that’s good!

  6. Doreen@househoneys May 7, 2015 at 9:04 pm #

    Yes, this elephant has been tamed…a LOT! I KNOW it was hard work, but it all paid off. You did an amazing job Amy!

  7. Sherry May 9, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

    Wow Amy! That after photo is so good! I love the grain sack pattern on the cabinet. You did a great job friend! Happy Mothers Day!

  8. Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel May 11, 2015 at 9:34 pm #

    It turned out so great Amy! I love the cabinet’s new look. You did a fabulous job.


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