I posted several weeks ago about a double drain board sink and vintage steel cabinet I picked up. I was not sure I could save the cabinet or if I wanted to. It was really bad. Here is a reminder of what it looked like when I picked it up.
And so much grime and oil from being stored in a garage/barn. Once I decided to clean up the cabinet. My first thought was to do a quick pressure wash/paint and sell it on craigslist. My goal was to pay for the double drainboard sink I paid for and was keeping. After getting into the project I decided to do a little more and a little more detail. I took the entire cabinet apart. I removed the chrome handles and polished each one. I removed all the drawer fronts and cleaned every nook. The more time I had into this project the more invested I became. I sanded down every square inch of this cabinet. I then pressure washed the entire thing again. Paint was the fun part. I chose to use Rustoleums Heirloom white paint. I also used glossy black paint on the toe kick.
This project kicked my butt. I estimate I have over 40 hours of work into this. After doing the math, I figured if I paid myself $10/hour I would need to charge at least $400 for the cabinet. I think at my booth I would need to charge at least $500 because of commission. I feel right now I have more blood, sweat and tears into than I think I can get out of it. So, what did I do?
I kept it! I made room for it in my kitchen. I think she looks like a bombshell. I reused the countertop on my previous cabinets and added a new coat of stain. I can't say that I would do it again. But, I can say I'm glad the project is over and it tured out the way it did!