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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