Furniture Revamp

Moss Robot recently had the pleasure of designing and building some storage pieces for a private office/multi-purpose room. It was a very fun and rewarding project. We learned a lot of useful tips along the way and think we ended up producing a pretty sweet set of furniture, too.

We're so proud, in fact, that we'd like to share a little bit of the process with you.

First up is the armoire. We found this monster on Craigslist. Solid wood and in decent working order but just an aged mess and a little smelly, frankly. But, you know, perfect for a revamp.
Here it is after we lugged it home.

You can see that the drawers were already taken out. And that's because we knew we were chopping off the bottom section in order to put her up on legs. There was some molding around the top that we tore off by this point, too. The muck and such was sanded off and the holes and warpy bits were filled, glued and fixed. Then a couple coats of paint and this old monster gets a new life as a beautiful, brawny princess.


The shingle inspiration came from a pantry created by a company called Field Day. The turned legs, well, ...turned up... on Craigslist. We bought a few bundles and cut them into sections to be used on all three pieces we created. Handles and hinges came from the hardware store.

We love the shingles for the fairy-tale-cottage-look they give the armoire. Fun. A little mysterious. Feathery. Owlish.

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The second piece is a long, low cabinet. And we decided to make this out of a bookcase that was already being used in the room. The issue, of course, would be turning this thing on it's side and generally making it look like it was never a bookcase at all.


This started as a very solid, well-built piece which made the process of transformation just that much easier. The legs would have to be sawed off. The top replaced. A new top added. Doors. Shelves. New legs. And customization, customization, customization.
Now, it's so happy as a low cabinet that you'd never know it could stand so tall.


The back was cut out of the left side for a fully open display area. While two existing metal shelves, that were just begging to be useful, were installed into the enclosed cabinet side for storage. 

A really stylish, modern cabinet. And the converted horizontal arrangement strikes a much more warm and inviting figure than it's previous looming one. Makes you just want to touch it. ...But get permission first...


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Now to the third and final cabinet, which we are particularly proud of. This little piece has no "Before" picture because it was built from scratch using the leftover shelves and top from the bookcase. Let nothing go to waste, eh?

This small bureau will be a great place to store supplies. It has two drawers and two shelves with plenty of room for articles of various shapes and sizes. The counter top is the top to the old bookcase. And the sides, middle partition and left-sided shelf are made from the shelves of the old bookcase.

We added turned legs and gave the doors a more simplified take on the shingle design to set it apart just slightly from the others. It's a cute little guy, we gotta say.

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And if that wasn't enough, there is still one more component of the project to feature. Floating shelves. In addition to the metal shelves that were installed into the low cabinet, we were provided with 5 floating shelves to incorporate into the design. Three of the shelves were solid black and two were solid white. So, we've got to make them all work together, don't we?

Enter... The Stamp.
By using this stamp with white paint we added a unique and interesting pattern to the black shelves and connected the grouping of shelves together visually.

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This project was a great experience for us. And we hope to do a lot more of this kind of thing. So, please help us by spreading the word.

And thanks so much for reading about our process. We're glad you're here.

Special thanks to Geoff Wood (@_geoffwood, for the professional shots of the final pieces. And also to Summer Busto for the trust and the opportunity to impress.

Please comment below or email us.
Matt and Lisa