Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Industrial Chic Cabinet

Sorry for not posting lately.
First, I had serious computer problems. And lately I have been busy getting things ready to take to the Fancy Flea on April 6th, 2013.
This will be the 4th time I have set up at the Fancy Flea, a vintage home and garden market, held twice a year in the beautiful, historic city of Lakeland, Florida.
This has been voted one of the top 10 flea markets in the country.
I have kind of learned from experience what to take and what not to take.
When I found this industrial cabinet a couple of weeks ago, I knew it was a winner.

After I bought this cabinet, I carried it around in my car for a few days.
It is made out of steel and is very heavy.
I had to figure out exactly what I was going to do with it.


This is really a wall cabinet, but because I knew I would be selling it at a street fair, I had Mr. Shabby Mr. Crabby put castors on it.
The castors cost around $9.00 at Lowe's.
This will make it easier to move around and the castors can be easily removed if the new owner wants to hang it on a wall.

Believe it or not, I spent a lot of time on this cabinet.
First, I cleaned it.
One of the doors had a broken glass. The cost to replace that was around $12.00.
The wooden shelves fit too tight so we had to trim them down just a bit.
The wooden shelves had never been painted, so I painted them Heirloom white, then wiped on a glaze.
Then I distressed them.
I didn't want them to look new.
Then I waxed the outside.

The rusty, crusty patina on this cabinet is wonderful.
Mr. Shabby still wonders why it didn't go in a dumpster somewhere.
Can you believe that???

Very industrial.
Very chic.
Very fabulous.

I also found this wonderful little wall shelf and gave it an updated look.

On this piece, I just painted it using Heirloom white, then wiped it with a brown glaze, then I distressed it a little.
I really love this piece.
This will be going to the Fancy Flea, too.
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  1. I love that cabinet, the caster were a great idea.The wall shelf is pretty too. Good Luck at The Fancy Flea.


    1. Hi Tausha, I would love it if you stopped by to say hello. Just 2 more weeks!

  3. Thanks for finding me, Connie, and leaving a comment. For some reason I thought I was following you before-but I guess I wasn't. I am your newest follower and SO wish I could visit your flea market. Your things are beautiful! I had relatives in Zephyrhills, FL...not too far from Lakeland. I sure do miss living in FL. xo Diana

  4. ps- Put you on my sidebar so I don't miss any posts- xo Diana

  5. I admire all your hard work! Your pieces turned out great! Good luck with the show!

  6. I love that cabinet and would have bought it in an instant. It looks fabulous and won't last long at your show. Great job!

  7. I love that cabient. It's going to make someone very happy.

  8. This is just such a beautiful shabby cabinet, dear Conny, and all the work you put into it... But you will see, it will pay out at the fleamarket... I wish, I could be there... Thans for sharing! Have a wonderful day, Manu

  9. Those are fabulous pieces! You've done a great job transforming both. Men don't always 'get' our tastes, huh? Thanks for visiting my blog, and have a great time at the Fancy Flea!

  10. Love your rusty cabinet. I wish I lived close so I could grab it up.

  11. Nice work! Love what you've done with the cabinet--and that china cabinet you posted the other day is really a show stopper.

  12. I came over from the comment you left on my rusty relics post. I am so glad I did. I have enjoyed reading and seeing the things you have refinished, refreshed and revived. I am now a follower. I just wish I could find a way to Lakeland one year! Do you think that cabinet was used in a doctor's office?

    1. Hi Donna, Welcome aboard. I think the cabinet most likely came from a hardware store. It probably had glass or metal shelves, but who really knows?

  13. Oh no my post disappeared , i will try again, the industrial piece will sell for sure I had an old metal cabinet i sold at FF before the show even started for $95. I will be a shopper this year, but not a vendor until I can get help, looks like my son and DIL will be moving back to Orlando and they love junking! I will look for you!!


  14. Oh Connie, I laughed as I read about your rusty old cabinet, and the things your Mr Shabby/Crabby said about it, my other half is exactly like that. the only thing is I used to acquire these old pieces for us & not to sell. I've stopped now as he refuses to put them in the car he calls them junk. I hope you have a successful flea market sale.
    Best wishes Barbara Lilian

  15. Sure do wish I lived close enough to attend the Flea. Love that shabby industrial cabinet! Blessings, Patti

  16. Love that cabinet! Shabby for sure! Life to the full, Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle


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