DIY: Turn an Old Cabinet into a Storage Unit (for your dog!)

I recently moved into a 863 square foot apartment and was in desperate need of more storage space. Beasley (my 10.5 pound Shihpoo and ruler of the household) comes with lots of treats, clothes, toys, grooming products, etc. Not only did I need it, but I wanted a unique way to store all of Beasley's food and favorite things. Cue Pinterest.

I can't say that typing "Dog Food Storage Ideas" into the Pinterest search bar didn't spark some ideas for what we'll call: "The Beasley Project." (Side note: this was my starting point) Now with the big picture in mind, I headed off to the Habitat ReStore to find the perfect bookshelf and/or nightstand. Without any luck, I ended up in the cabinet section of the ReStore-- cabinets are used for storage, right? It didn't take long before I found my storage unit shelves and hideaway drawer concept in an all-in-one gently used cabinet. From there...it was easy...

First, I patched a hole with some wall putty.

First, I patched a hole with some wall putty.

Next, I removed the cabinet door and then sanded the entire piece.

Next, I removed the cabinet door and then sanded the entire piece.

This was after applying two coats of Apple Red Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover 2X. Not too pretty. I ended up applying 4-5 coats of spray paint to give it that extra glossy touch.  

This was after applying two coats of Apple Red Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover 2X. Not too pretty. I ended up applying 4-5 coats of spray paint to give it that extra glossy touch.  

After the paint was dry, I found an under the cabinet light and attached it with double-sided tape to Beasley's food area. I drilled a small hole into the side of the cabinet to wire the cord through it. Next, I added a silicone drying mat to place her bowls on. 

After the paint was dry, I found an under the cabinet light and attached it with double-sided tape to Beasley's food area. I drilled a small hole into the side of the cabinet to wire the cord through it. Next, I added a silicone drying mat to place her bowls on. 

I reattached the door and added a hook and eye latch in order to easily keep the door open or shut. I also painted the back of the cabinet door with chalk paint so we could write sweet messages to Beasley (she definitely knows how to read). 

I reattached the door and added a hook and eye latch in order to easily keep the door open or shut. I also painted the back of the cabinet door with chalk paint so we could write sweet messages to Beasley (she definitely knows how to read). 

Here's what "The Beasley Project" looks like with the cabinet door closed. You'll see here that I attached a small basket to the side of the cabinet for more storage.

Here's what "The Beasley Project" looks like with the cabinet door closed. You'll see here that I attached a small basket to the side of the cabinet for more storage.

The Beasley Project is now The Beasley Corner of our new apartment! I'm considering adding tile to the top of the cabinet and turning it into more kitchen counter space/wet bar. TBC...

The Beasley Project is now The Beasley Corner of our new apartment! I'm considering adding tile to the top of the cabinet and turning it into more kitchen counter space/wet bar. TBC...

Total Estimated Project Cost: $100 

TOTAL ESTIMATED TIME: 6 HOURS

This blog post was written by Habitat ReStore Communications Manager, Caitlyn West. She would like to acknowledge that she did not complete this project without the help from some very dear friends. 

Do you have a DIY project that you would like to share? Email Caitlyn with images and instructions, and she'll be happy to share it on the ReStore blog. Note: we ask that you used at least one item from the Habitat ReStore to complete your project. Thanks!