Monday, November 28, 2011

Vintage Cabinet Redo

Hey there!  Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  I was finally able to work on this cabinet that hubby found and let me tell ya, it had me completely stumped.  I just didn't have a clue what to do with it.  
No matter how much I stared at it, I came up with nothin'.  
But after some time away from it, 
I finally decided to just try to bring it back to its original beauty.  
Here is the before pic.
The top had a huge hole in it, so I removed that and bought another top at Lowe's for around 10 bucks.  
We attached the new top and I applied two coats of Minwax Special Walnut stain.
I decided to just leave the tin sides alone, but I did give them a good cleaning.  We removed all the hardware and I spray painted them with Rustoleum oil rubbed bronze spray paint.  I also gave the entire piece a couple of coats of Minwax special walnut to match the top and when it was completely dry, I gave it a coat of wax.  Here's how it looks now.
I really love the darker color.  This pic isn't that great because by the time we were done, it was dark and the kitchen is the brightest room in the house.  But after being stumped for days, I'm happy with it and even happier that it's finished.
What do you think of it?
My hubby and I have some very exciting news to share very soon.
Stay tuned!

I have just listed more bread boards.  If you're ordering for Christmas, I'm accepting orders until December 16, to get them shipped in time for Christmas.  
Thank you lovely readers!


  1. Soo glad you didn't paint it. The wood is gorgeous!!

  2. So very pretty and dainty...I am excited for whatever good news you have to share. I love happy news! Love to you!

  3. It's gorgeous-- I'm so glad you stayed original to it's time instead of painting it! :)

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

  4. That looks gorgeous! I usually have to paint everything I see but this stain and clean-up job you did is beautiful!

  5. I think it's a beautiful cabinet. Your hard work paid off - you did a great job.

  6. You make these things look so simple! After one day of making some pallet shelves, I realized exactly how many hours of work go into this! You amaze me!!! Looks great! :)

  7. It's beautiful! Glad you left the tin sides. Where did you get this? What a find! What kind of wax did you use as the last stage?

  8. I LOVE this piece!!!! I have been looking for something simular to this for my home. Awesome job!!!!

  9. It looks beautiful!! This is one time I think the dark stain turned out perfectly instead of painting it.

    P.S. Are you expecting a baby girl? :-)

  10. Oh goodness no, Pat, no more babies for us! :) I agree about the dark stain, usually my first instinct is to paint a piece of found furniture but this one was just asking to be restored to its original beauty. Thanks for the sweet comments!

  11. Oh my! That is gorgeous!! I love that you only cleaned the tin sides!

  12. It's just lovely!! Nice job - again!!!

  13. Love the cabinet. So glad I found your gorgeous blog!

  14. I'm so glad you didn't paint it! I'm not a wood purist, but this piece looks great with teh stain. Awesome job!

  15. This piece is gorgeous!! I have an old jelly cabinet with tin sides that was in my Grandma's cellar... I was so happy to inherit it! Anyway, I'm glad to have found your site and excited to now be following along!

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