Remember last week when I showed off my outdoor coffee table/s’mores roasting table?
Did you notice the bright white metal cabinet and cutie pie lamp in the background?
Would you believe those were once not so cute?
I found this rusty and very dirty cabinet at the Habitat For Humanity ReStore for an amazing $15.
I walked past it four times before committing to bring it home.
I knew I needed something for my deck to store pool supplies and beach towels, but I was doubting whether I could even possibly get this thing clean.
I’m not sure what it was used for, but aside from some cosmetic ickiness, it was in great shape.
The magnetic door clasp still works perfectly and the countertop looks brand new.
I plopped it in my yard and sprayed it off with the hose.
Then I cleaned it with a metal cleaner specifically for rust removal.
After doing this three times, it was finally somewhat less icky.
I also covered the countertop with a thick piece of cardboard.
I used heavy duty Frog Tape to keep the cardboard edges sealed.
I’m not a huge fan of the countertop, but since it was in such good condition, I wanted to leave it natural.
I considered tiling it, but let’s face it y’all.
And it’s hot out here in Southeast Tennessee.
A few coats of outdoor spray paint later, the cabinet looks brand new!
I was so impressed with how it turned out.
I gave the countertop a quick brushing of waterproof poly to keep the laminate from bubbling, but other than that, not much was needed for this mini-makeover.
It’s perfect for storing pool supplies, party dishes, snacks and drinks, beach towels, kids’ toys, books, magazines, cleaning supplies, anything you want!
I was a little concerned that water might get inside so I waited a few days before I filled it.
We had a humondo storm, with rain and wind and flying deck chairs, and I was sure the cabinet would be drenched inside.
When I came out to check it the next morning…dry as a bone.
So our beach towels now live permanently inside the cabinet, along with sunscreen and bug spray.
I added another basket for sunglasses, jewelry, and other little random things that shouldn’t get lost during swimtime.
And when we have guests over, the baskets can come out and the party snacks can go in, making chip bowl refills a breeze.
I picked up this lamp at the ReStore during the same shopping trip.
I had seen an episode of The Kitchen on Food Network where they put a solar light inside an old lamp for a subtle outdoor glow.
I fell in love with the idea, and actually, that’s the reason I went to the ReStore in the first place.
This lamp has a sturdy base and a solid construction so I knew it would be just right for withstanding stormy weather.
So after chopping off the cord inside the lamp and blasting it with outdoor spray paint, I stuck an old solar light buried deep in the cobweb corner of the garage into the place where the light bulb would go.
(Thanks Food Network, for this idea that has nothing to do with food at all.)
I gave the lampshade a quick coat of waterproof fabric spray to prevent mildew, and reassembled the rest of the lamp.
And for a whopping six dollars, I have a brand new outdoor lamp.
On top of my brand new $15 storage cabinet.
Beside my brand new s’mores roasting table.
So if you need me anytime between now and winter, this is where I’ll be.
I might sneak away to the ReStore again once or twice to look for more uglies just waiting to be pretty, though.
Have you rescued something from a thrift store and made it into something awesome?
I’d love to hear about it!