I needed more shelving in my daughter's room, but I didn't want to go with a boring white shelf so I searched Craigslist daily until I found something unique enough to meet my needs. I ended up scoring this awesome cabinet and shelving unit. On one side of the top piece is a cork board and on the other side is a chalkboard. The entire top swivels around the bottom cabinet, which is an added bonus. It was in nearly new condition and, not to mention, solid wood — the only problem was the color. My daughter's room is all white and pink. Oak just would not do. So I rolled up my sleeves, disassembled it, sanded it, primed it, and painted it white.
Want to see what the cabinet looks like now?
While the piece was OK in the natural color wood (and I was having second thoughts after the first coat of primer), I absolutely love it all white. It only took one day to complete and the chalkboard and cork board look brand new against the bright white. It's a big piece of furniture, but it fits amazingly into my little one's girly-girl room. Not only was the project dirt cheap, but the cabinet has proven to be perfect for my busy toddler, who's already gotten hours of entertainment from it.