Hand Crafted Antique Cabinet & Fusion Mineral Paint


September 18, 2015 by Terry

04So I was sure I had taken before pictures of this beautiful old cabinet but I am unable to find them now :0(

This cabinet is at least 100 years old or older.  It has so much charm and you can feel the history attached to it.

A good friend of mine asked if I would please help fix it up it so she could use it in her newly renovated kitchen.  It has been in the family for generations and now it will be hung on the wall and used once again!

01When it came to me it was in need of a good cleaning as it had been stored outside and the bugs and flies had pooped all over it etc.  The body and bones of it was raw wood, the shelves had a sloppy coat of paint on them and the doors had been oiled at one time.

I cleaned it up and gave it a good scrubbing inside and out.  I mixed up some MMS Milk Paint in Typewriter and went to work.  I decided to leave the doors and the top of this piece natural wood for contrast. After painting and sanding the outside I gave it a generous coat of hemp oil.  This was a very thirsty old piece and drank almost 1/2 of my large bottle of oil!

11On the inside of the cabinet I chose to use Fusion Mineral Paint in the color Champlain.  This is a very durable paint with the top coat built into it so there was no need to seal it.  This needs to be durable if it is going to be used everyday.  I found this paint very easy to work with and it saved me at least 3 steps in completing this cabinet!


I had purchased these antique Homeopathic Remedy jars a while ago.  They are so neat and I thought they would be great for decorating my medicine chest in our bathroom.  They even had the original contents still in them!  Of course I disposed of the contents properly before displaying them.  I wouldn’t want some small houseguest getting into them and getting seriously ill.

They make for great props too!


I wish I had been able to take pictures of it off the floor but it was too large and heavy for me to handle alone.

It is beautiful!  I was told that it was handmade by a family member which makes it even more special!


Just look at that hardware …


And as usual … it was hard not to get attached and want to keep it!


I can’t wait to see it put up on the wall!



I hope you have a great day!

Don’t forget to hop on over to my Making Broken Beautiful party  (Click Here to see ) … link up your favorite pieces or projects or just take a look at all the inspiration already there!  Submissions open until Saturday @ 6:00pm (MST)



Sharing this beautiful cabinet at:

French Country Cottage

Anderson & Grant

Katherine’s Corner

DIY Show Off

Dream Create Inspire


11 thoughts on “Hand Crafted Antique Cabinet & Fusion Mineral Paint

  1. your restorations are always beautiful. What a great family piece.


  2. Quandie says:

    You know what’s funny, I didn’t even notice it was on the floor until you said so! Boy, that’s a lot of hemp oil to go through on one piece, it must have been seriously dried out. I love what you’ve done with this piece. Using Fusion on the inside and milk paint on the outside is one of my favorite tricks as well!


    • Terry says:

      That is funny! I won’t mention the huge paint splash dried on the floor in front then either! Ha ha … small paint accident it was, had to go buy a whole other jar! Thank goodness for the ability to crop photos!
      Hope you have a great week!


  3. Wow, what a gorgeous piece! I love the black with the natural doors. And that hardware is to die for!


    • Terry says:

      I really enjoyed this piece! You don’t see original hardware like that very often anymore. It’s so lovely! Thank you for taking the time to comment :)
      I hope you have a great week!


  4. Jo says:

    As usual Terry, it gorgeous! Glad to see you are back and inspiring us all once again!


  5. Betty says:

    Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop


  6. Terry, it is such a beautiful piece! That hardware is amazing. I really like the contrast of the wood with the paint. Great job. Thanks so much for sharing your piece @ Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. I hope you will join us again tonight at 8 EST. Take care, Tara


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