DIY & Crafts Ideas For Upcycled Record Cabinet to Faux Card Catalog

Hello, friend!  Things have been getting busier around here with my next market just over a month away, which means lots of projects in the works!  Also I have been working on something really exciting behind the scenes which you will be hearing about soon.  🙂

But first, a new makeover!  An upcycled record cabinet.  If I go a week or two without working on any furniture, it really gets me down.  Transforming furniture is therapeutic for me; it’s definitely a stress reliever.  Do you feel the same?   

My sweet mom scouted this one out and picked it up for me:

Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

*Friends, today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday with a few of my creative blogging girlfriends.  You can see what they’ve transformed this month at the end of this post – and you can browse our previous T2T makeovers Here.  Also, this post contains some affiliate links so you can easily find some of the products I use and recommend.

Unfortunately it was really scratched and beat up, but that’s how I like to do my makeovers – turning someone else’s “trash” into a treasure.
Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

It’s hard to tell from the outside, but this was actually a vintage record cabinet.  I was deciding what to do with this piece and got a wild idea – I grabbed the saw from my mitre box and cut all the dividers out. 

Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Now there’s so much more storage space inside.

I filled the holes with Minwax Wood Filler and then sanded them smooth.  Very easy.

Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

If you’ve been following me very long, you know I love card catalogs – but they’re hard to find and usually expensive, so I like to make faux DIY card catalogs.   🙂

I painted the cabinet in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite, measured the doors, and then Guy in the Garage cut rectangles out of thin craft wood from Menards.

Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

The panels were glued in place with my favorite industrial strength super glue which I use on all my faux DIY card catalog projects.

I always have card catalog drawer pulls on hand – these are from Amazon (find them here).  Since the screws that came with them are tiny, I added a bit of glue first for extra adhesion.  I don’t want anyone pulling to open a door and having the drawer pull fall right off!

Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Finally, this upcycled record cabinet was protected with Annie Sloan’s clear wax.

And here’s the end result…

Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

I just adore making faux card catalogs.  Even if it doesn’t fool someone, it’s definitely a unique piece of furniture to have in your home.

Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

If you’re not familiar with the paint color Graphite, it’s a mix between dark gray and black – like a chalkboard.  I’ve been doing a lot of white makeovers lately so it felt good to pull out this can and use it again, and it’s perfect for this piece. 

Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Here’s a look at the inside of this upcycled record cabinet:

Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

And here’s a reminder of the before (you can pin this image on the left side of the page):

Upcycled record cabinet makeover to faux DIY card catalog with Chalk Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

As always, I’d love it if you left me a comment with your thoughts or any other ideas for transforming a record cabinet like this.  I’d also appreciate if you’d pin or share this project with a friend – thank you!

Jen

.

Now it’s time to see what my friends are up to for Trash to Treasure Tuesday, our monthly makeover group:

Trash to Treasure Tuesday

Below are the Before photos – visit the links underneath to see the After and learn how they did it.

Trash to Treasure Makeovers - April 20181. Artsy Chicks Rule
2. Prodigal Pieces
3. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
4. Bless’er House
.

Here are a couple other faux card catalog makeovers I’ve done:

Join the GITG Community

When you join this thriving online community of 90,000 creative souls, you’ll be inspired to discover hidden artistic talents and learn skills to boldly face DIY projects with confidence.

You’ll also receive my free guide “Just Paint It: 7 Tips for Transforming Furniture with Confidence.”

Powered by ConvertKit

Upcycled Record Cabinet to Faux Card Catalog

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *