Friday

Spool Cabinet Redo - Fake Drawer Fronts

The front of the old toy box that I converted into a better looking front of the old toy box, started out as recessed panels and ended up looking like a vintage spool cabinet.

Fake Drawer Fronts on Toy Box Turned Spool Cabinet, Bliss-Ranch.com

I wanted the look of fake drawers to mimic the look of actual spool cabinets.

The wood we used was thin pieces of 1/4 inch luan because they fit right in without sticking out.

Fake Drawer Fronts on Toy Box Turned Spool Cabinet, Bliss-Ranch.com

But that is a thin wood to work with, and I didn't help matters by requesting that the panels have rounded inside edges to match the rounded decals.

Fake Drawer Fronts on Toy Box Turned Spool Cabinet, Bliss-Ranch.com

Not only did the Brawn of the operation deliver, he even took some photos of the process with his cell phone.  I thank him for that.

Fake Drawer Fronts on Toy Box Turned Spool Cabinet, Bliss-Ranch.com

He cut the wood to size and used a *drill rasp* the size of the round edges on the decals.  These were not routed and he did not use a jig saw.

Fake Drawer Fronts on Toy Box Turned Spool Cabinet, Bliss-Ranch.com
He lined up all the pieces and drilled them the same round shape.

Fake Drawer Fronts on Toy Box Turned Spool Cabinet, Bliss-Ranch.com

He used the table saw and ripped a line on top and bottom which cut out the center panel and he sanded off the rough edges all the way along with the drill rasp.

Fake Drawer Fronts on Toy Box Turned Spool Cabinet, Bliss-Ranch.com

I measured them up on the front of the toy box and made a template to follow so I could stick the decals on.

Fake Drawer Fronts on Toy Box Turned Spool Cabinet, Bliss-Ranch.com

Below you can see the recessed panel before the fake drawer fronts went on.

Fake Drawer Fronts on Toy Box Turned Spool Cabinet, Bliss-Ranch.com

The fake fronts work excellent to give the toy box added dimension.

Fake Drawer Fronts on Toy Box Turned Spool Cabinet, Bliss-Ranch.com

The variation that the paint colors provide give it the look of a vintage piece of furniture that served its purpose for many years.


Dark wax from Maison Blanche Paint Company gives it the perfect finished patina.

Fake Drawer Fronts on Toy Box Turned Spool Cabinet, Bliss-Ranch.com

You can see the original project post {here} with photos of the whole toy box before and after.

The making of the spool knobs can be found in this post {here}.

Next time I'll finally show the graphic that is on the top of the box.






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19 comments :

  1. That looks awesome. Great job!!

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  2. I love it, Bliss! I have a small spool cabinet, and this would go perfectly! Please send it.

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  3. Very cool! I need a Brawn at my house :D

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  4. They look amazing and so authentic!

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  5. You big faker! Amazing idea!

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  6. I absolutely love this spool cabinet. As one who sews this really caught my eye. The spool knobs are perfect. Let's see if I can get my hubby to make one. First I have to find a chest!

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  7. Thanks for sharing the details, Bliss! Love!

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  8. I say this much too often but ... of your projects, I think this will be my favorite ... AFTER we get to see the top :)

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  9. This is more and more amazing every time I see this piece. You are the waxing Queen. I'm not that good at it I'm better with glaze by far.

    Cindy

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  10. You're killing me - I love this so much! I wonder if those decals can still be purchased anywhere?

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  11. Bliss ... you are going to have every blogger in the world out looking for a toy box to make into a spool cabinet. Enjoyed seeing how Brawn cut the pieces. Will be looking for one of those rasps for my drill.
    Excited to see the finish. Thanks for stopping by Adirondack Girl@ Heart blog featuring Timeless Treasures. Just want to say thanks for the nice comment. Diana does an excellent post.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z.

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  12. These are so dang cool. I love how "simple" this piece looks but still has such great style.

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  13. Just genius! The Bliss and Brawn Team scores again. :)

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  14. COOLEST project ever!

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  15. I am coming out of hiding to comment here. This is so great! I would have never thought to make something like this. Brawn and you are creative geniuses. So cool and I love the finish.

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  16. .............................very clever.

    I LOVE IT.

    I wish they still put cotton on wooden spools, they're so cute.

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  17. As Brawn has demonstrated, there is more than one way to fake the spool drawer look on a cabinet. I don't know much about wood working, but I would have thought you would need to use a jigsaw. Brilliant!!

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