Vintage Cubby Cabinet Refreshed for Valentine's Day

I was thrilled when Mr. Frugalista came home with a vintage cubby cabinet that he found on Kijiji (Canadian buy & sell site) that was being sold by a junk dealer who was cleaning out a very old garage. The price was right if you dared dig through the piles on the soggy mud floor. Wood vintage cubbies are hard to come by, especially for dirt (sorry, couldn't resist the pun) cheap.

They make great organizers for a home office or craft room but they are especially fun to decorate for holidays and special occasions. The original plan for mine was to use it above a beverage station to hold a cream and sugar bowl, mini marshmallows, sprinkles, and the like. For a hot minute, I thought about using it for a teacup collection, until I went to the dollar store.

The shelves are filled with Valentine's stuff and the next thing you know, my shopping cart was overflowing with hearts. So now my Vintage Cubby Cabinet is decorated for Valentine's Day using dollar store finds and I heart how it looks.

Vintage Wooden Cubby Cabinet

Vintage Cubby Cabinet Refreshed For Valentine's Day

I was sure I took a before picture of it all dirty with the original wood finish but for the life of me, I can't find it. You can see the light wood color peeking through the areas that I distressed. All I did was give it a wash of white chalk paint and distressed it with 180-grit sandpaper.

Wooden Cubby Organizer After Makeover

Using wallpaper adhesive, I papered the plywood back with scrapbook paper. I may eventually add real barn wood.

Cubby Cabinet Barn wood papered back

I couldn't find metal label holders narrow enough to put under each cubby so I improvised. Using a plastic geometry template as a stencil and black chalkboard paint, I painted faux back plates. With a silver paint pen, I painted the numbers freehand (should have used a stencil to make them look more authentic - live and learn).

Cubby Cabinet Stenciled Faux Metal Tags

Cubby Cabinet with faux barn wood back

Cubby Organizer with faux painted metal tags

Then came the fun part, filling it with my dollar store Valentine's finds.

Cubby Organizer decorated for Valentine's Day

The garland I made with baker's twine that I had in my stash, some cute mini clothespins and pretty fabric hearts found in the craft aisle.

Cubby Organizer with fabric heart garland

The adorable 4-pack mini mason jars came with the gingham ribbon and I filled three of them with assorted heart candies, which of course were taunting and calling my name. I caved a few nights after taking these photos and went on a candy binge.

Cubby Organizer decorated with I Heart U Cookie Cutters

The cookie cutters were too cute and I simply hung a felt heart with baker's twine for a pop of red inside the heart shape cookie cutter.

Cubby Organizer with heart shaped cookie cutter

Cubby Organizer with letter U cookie cutter

The shot glasses I found in the back of my china cabinet and used them as mini vases for red roses.

Cubby Organizer with shot glass and fabric rose

Ya, they're fake.

Cubby Organizer with mini shot glass vase with red rose

I couldn't resist this adorable little bear holding a heart.

Cubby Organizer with mini Valentine's Bear

Or this Valentine's votive candleholder.

Cubby Organizer with glass heart votive candle

...and Valentine's Day wouldn't be complete without a BIG Kiss.

Cubby Organizer with a Big Kiss for Valentine's Day

12 Slot Wooden Cubby Organizer Makeover
So what would you use this Vintage Cubby for? 

When I did some research online I was shocked at how much these vintage cubbies sell for. Then I did the happy dance when I realized the sweet deal we got on ours.

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