August 4, 2015 by Terry
H E A V Y ! … outdated, dark and damaged.
I believe the previous owner was using it at one time as a media center rather than a china cabinet. Hence all the poorly drilled holes in the back of it.
I purchased this piece from a neighbor that was moving. They had a yard sale one weekend that was actually opened to their entire house. Just go in, browse, find something you liked and make an offer. I told my neighbor that if the cabinet hadn’t sold by the time her sale was finished that I would purchase it from her … clearly it didn’t sell.
This piece is probably the largest and heaviest cabinet I have made over. I started by removing all the doors and hardware. Gave it a good sanding and cleaning and removed the back cover panel. Then I started with painting the hutch.
I chose Milk Paint in the color Marzipan (MMS Milk Paint)
I decided that this was not a style of furniture that could pull off the chippy paint look so I did add bonding agent to the paint when mixing it. This way I could distress it just along the edges of any raised details on the piece.
After it was all painted I went over the entire piece with 400 grit sandpaper making it silky smooth. Then I wiped the whole cabinet down with hemp oil. I let it sit overnight and wiped it down again with a soft cloth to absorb any excess oil. Then I went over it again with a hint of antiquing wax to compliment the distressed edges and bring out the dark tones from the original finish.
The glass was replaced with chicken wire painted in espresso paint. Rather than replace the original handles (mostly because I couldn’t find new ones that were “just right”) they also got a new look by painting them with the same espresso paint as the wire.
I gave the piece a new back that I made out of pine beadboard. I whitewashed it with watered down marzipan milk paint and followed it with a hint of antiquing wax brushed on and smoothed in with a soft cloth. I also drilled new proper holes for the cords to run through. ( I think I forgot to mention it is a lighted cabinet)
Because my help for moving this cabinet to my booth was going to be leaving, I was unable to stage this pretty piece and take proper pictures so I apologize for the poor pictures. Here it is in my booth. The lighting is not the best but at least you can see it finished :0)