Friday, November 21, 2014

Industrial Storage Cubby

Several weeks ago I found this large, very heavy, rusty, dirty, and scratched metal industrial storage cubby at a warehouse sale.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I loved the rustic charm, the decent price, and all 72 little compartments.  I did NOT love the stickers.

I shared it on my Facebook page asking for suggestions on how to remove the ugly stickers, and received over 200 comments.  Thank you all so much for your great ideas!  The advise ranged from Goo Gone to peanut butter, dish washing soap to turpentine, Citrus Splash air freshener to a heat gun, eucalyptus oil to a razor blade, and elbow grease to patience and a shot of tequila (my favorite).  

I went with what I had around the house, but nothing was going to completely remove these stubborn stickers.  If they had been more vintage looking I would have left them alone and saved myself a lot of trouble and tequila!

Time for plan Z.  

Someone suggested covering up the stickers with Washi tape; I didn't have any, but I did have a roll of chalkboard vinyl.

I cut the vinyl into 1" strips, slid the 36" strips through the slots, then called it done.  But wait.  I think it needs wheels.  Yes, it needs wheels, and wheels it will get if it doesn't sell and I end up keeping it.  

It'll be great for storing junk, stuff, misc, bits, pieces, parts, odds, and ends.



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27 comments:

  1. Wow! I would love to have that to store my yarn!

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  2. Wow Betzzz! A lot of work but looks like it was worth it!Great job!

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  3. That is a fantastic find. I would love it in my craft room. I love the chalkboard strips. It looks great!

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  4. It looks great! Love how that changed it so much!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  5. You did good. I would have probably given up long before you did.
    I save some of the clear deli & small produce containers to reuse, and some times it is impossible to get the stickers off even with goo gone.
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  6. Okay, so are you sending it to me after you put the wheels on it?lol What a great solution for a pain in the butt problem! I would have snagged that baby up, too!
    xoKathleem

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  7. Best solution ever! I vote for keeping this workhorse around for a while. I can imagine all your bits and baubles in the bins.

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  8. WOW! You did a great job! What a great find!

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  9. I love throwing out a question to FB, I always get tons of help...The chalkboard tape was genius!

    Carol

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  10. I love it - love your 'labels', too! This could be used for so many things! :)

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  11. Great score!! This will be a tough one to part with seems perfect for storing all those bits and pieces that you so artfully assemble. Maybe you should have left the ugly stickers so no one would buy it - he he!!

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  12. Cool cabinet! I have never heard of chalkboard vinyl but it definitely is a great fix. I think it looks better than it would have just removing the stickers. Another great idea!

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  13. It turned out great! I can't wait to have the opportunity to try the tequila thing on the next stickers I need to remove.

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  14. Betsy, what a fantastic piece!! Covering the sticker residue was perfect-looks amazing! :)
    Susan

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  15. Drooling here... wow, you took an awesome piece and made it even more incredible! Great solution to a tough problem!

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  16. I wouldn't have a place for this but I would MAKE a place for it. It's fabulous. I would suggest two or three shots of tequila and then suddenly it wouldn't be important any more. Your solution is tops however.

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  17. Love how it came out! Good thinking with the chalk board vinyl!! Looks like that worked really well. I just love cubbies, they are so fun! Wishing you a lovely day and a very Happy Thanksgiving!! xo Holly

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  18. I love cubbies and yours is great! Love the chalkboard vinyl solution...Genius!!!

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  19. Thank you for bringing this amazing cubby over to Make It Monday for the party. Now if only you could drag it on over to my house.

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  20. A really fantastic piece! I always go with the "cover it up if you can" method of interior design and restoration lol.

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  21. Cheers, Betsy, lol! I couldn't part with this great piece. What a fabulous find!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  22. This is just fabulous Betsy !!!
    I know exactly where I'd keep this - and I know exactly what I'd keep in it
    ( unique Christmas ornaments - OMG - I'm drooling thinking of it )
    XOXO

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  23. Awesome find and solution!! I want one of these really bad...I have a spot and a plan :)

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