A few weeks ago my friend Paige contacted me about the upcoming festival and silent auction at the local middle school, where both of our sons attend, to raise money for the PTA. She had this bathroom storage piece she wanted to donate and asked if I had any ideas for repurposing it for the silent auction. After thinking on it a few days I thought it would make a nice craft storage unit…especially if it had wheels.
Since it was particle board I wasn’t sure if I could patch and sand the edges at the top where it had some wear from everyday use. I decided to glue some small pieces of trim that I had purchased from Home Depot to cover the worn edges and since it would now have wheels, that it would prevent things from sliding off while it was moving.
As you can see, I went a little crazy with the wood filler…better to have too much than not enough.
After the wood filler was completely dry I sanded it down and primed the entire unit before adding the finishing paint color. I had to sand some rough spots and drips after the primer was dry so the finish would be smooth.
The color is Harbor Blue by Rust-Oleum, which is a beautiful color and has a very nice finish.
I decided to paint first before adding the casters so I wouldn’t get paint on them. I used a 3/8 bit to drill a hole into the bottom of each leg before nailing the base of the casters in. It was really easy to do and the wheel parts clipped right in.
And what good would a craft storage cart be without ribbon? I found these 8-11 in. adjustable tension rods at Bed Bath & Beyond and added rolls of ribbon I found the $1.00 rack at Michaels Craft Stores. The tension rod was easy to adjust and remove to change out ribbon.
The art teacher at my son’s middle school was so kind to donate a lot of scrapbook materials and a crochet kit. I also found a small craft caddy to include for added storage, along with a few craft paints and brushes from Michaels. With the two baskets the storage unit already has, the caddy, and the rod for the ribbon, the person who buys this craft cart at the auction should plenty of storage for their craft supplies…well, maybe. I have seen some serious crafters with many more supplies than I have!
I hope the winner of this repurposed storage unit will enjoy the storage piece and the items included…and will have room to add more of their own craft supplies. I also hope the look and convenience of the craft cart will attract plenty of people to bid on it and raise money for our local middle school!