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100 year Old Antique Cabinet Restore/Refinish Before & After

My husband curb shopped this amazing antique cabinet. He knows I love to restore old furniture and thought I would like this piece…well…I LOVE it! We decided it would be a perfect piece for our mud room. We needed a place to put the things we grab on the way out the door. Hats, scarves, mittens, ponchos, dog leashes etc. It is absolutely perfect for the space.

The first thing we did was remove all the hardware and clean it out. The hardware had previously been painted and I wanted to strip them back to their original brass. It was a lot easier then we thought. Here’s how we did it.

I put hot water and a squirt of dish soap in a crock pot that I will only use for crafting. I don’t recommend using a crock pot for cooking food after doing this. I turned the crockpot on high and put all the hardware inside and let it sit while we worked on the cabinet.

We had a lot of fun working on this project together. Look how rough this cabinet looked!

We knew it would take a lot of work to make this perfect so we decided to make it more of a shabby chic, farmhouse style. We scraped and sanded all the loose paint off. We discovered some interesting things while taking this thing apart.

There were three layers of paint. I had already decided on the paint color before we found out what the original color was. I could not believe how close my paint color was to the original color!

I flipped over a drawer while cleaning it and found this date and initials. We figured this cabinet is almost 100 years old!

I painted the year and my initials next to it. Look how close the paint color is..

The original blue.

The color I already had on hand. Annie Sloan paint is my favorite chalk paint.

After we painted the cabinet, we checked on the hardware. They had been soaking for a couple of hours.

The paint peeled off rather easily. There was a little residue left so we put them back in the water for a bit to soak.

We used very fine steel wool to buff off the remaining paint. We were very happy with how they came out. They look perfect on the cabinet.

We decided we didn’t want this cabinet to be perfect. You can see here that there are some rough looking spots. It’s gives the cabinet a lot of character. The hardware isn’t perfect either and I think they compliment each other very well, just like me and my hubby.

Here is the finished product. The handles are not straight, that’s how the person that built it installed them, we just left it just like it was…I am in love with it. I get very emotionally attached to furniture that I redo. Does anyone else?

Here it is in its place. It fits perfectly. I put contact paper in the drawers to finish it off. It is so sturdy and well made, I’m sure we will get use out of it for many years. We are still in the process of decorating our mud room. This is a great addition.

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Curb Shopped Vintage Footstool Redo

My husband was out working one day and seen this bench setting out on a curb. He brought it home to me and I was ecstatic!

I love vintage furniture and I love restoring it. I knew what I was going to do right away.

The frame on this stool is amazing. I didn’t have to do one thing to the finish.

It was solid and clean! So I just redid the upholstery. I removed the leather that was torn and added a thin fresh padding to the top. I bought white fur from Joanns and stapled it on.

I just love it! I put it in my walk-in closet. It was such a dramatic transformation. You can find so many cool things in the trash!

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Restore Outdoor Gravity Lawn Chairs

I recently came upon a picture of our gravity chairs that I restored and wanted to share. You don’t have to throw these chairs out when they start falling apart. Save a lot of money and spruce them up.

We have had these chairs for many, many years. They were coming apart and the paint was chipping all over!

Here is my before and after!

  • First, I snipped the cord off of the metal loops on the frame and removed material. As you can see, the cord was very deteriorated.
  • Then I cleaned and spray painted the frame with outdoor spray paint
  • I scrubbed the material with dawn dish soap, my go to for cleaning outdoor furniture
  • After the frame was dry, I laced the material back onto the chair with gravity chair replacement cord that I found on Amazon: Replacement Cord

This was a few years ago and the cord is holding up great!

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Vintage Queen Ann End Table Makeover Chalk Paint Furniture Restoration

I spent the day painting this beautiful vintage Queen Ann side table. It came out way better then I expected! This piece is going in our Master Bedroom at the lake. I got this piece and a matching Highboy Chest from a friend. I’ll be painting the Highboy next.

This was how it looked when I got it. I removed the hardware and cleaned them and spray painted them black. I cleaned the entire piece with Awesome Cleaner. Most dollar stores carry it.

I recommend wearing a mask while cleaning with awesome. It is strong. This is a homemade medical mask I made for protection from corona virus. It worked well for blocking the fumes.

Next I started painting..I used Annie Sloan Paint. It is the best chalk paint I have ever used! I wanted a Navy Blue to go with my bedroom color scheme. I researched and decided on Napoleonic Blue and Dark Wax.

This combo created an amazing color! I’m literally obsessed with it!

This is the color, two coats with no wax. Too bright for me. Once paint dried, i lightly sanded with 400 grit sandpaper just to smooth a bit. Then I brushed on clear wax with a wax brush. Then before it dried, I brushed on the dark wax. I really worked it into the wood. Also, I noticed that one of the handles was missing, bottom drawer center. Instead of replacing all of the hardware, I filled the holes with a dowel rod, glued on and painted over. You can only tell if you are looking for it.

Here is a video of how I applied the paint and wax.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv24RvKfWJo&feature=youtu.be

This color is exactly what I wanted!! In the above pic, the wax still needs to be buffed. I have to wait 24 hours. I’ll update with the finished picture then. When you buff it, you create a shine. I will be painting my highboy the same color. I can’t wait to get it to the lake!!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv24RvKfWJo&feature=youtu.be