Thursday, August 9, 2012

before and after: vintage cabinet


this is the before photo

hello!  my dearest gave me this beautiful 1910s dentist cabinet for our anniversary.  i have always wanted a cabinet with many small drawers to put my chunky jewelry and lady bits in.  this one asked for a little help and i was up for the job.  i have been meaning to practice up on my wood work especially after visiting arieles's blog.  she really gets a girl inspired to pick up a saw and get it done!
my hope is to still find a creative way to finish the top as it has gotten pretty banged up over the years.  but here's what i have so far.



                                                                                        before

the piece was stained, then painted green and then painted this fleshy color.  someone even painted the copper handles!  the project involved a lot of paint remover and sanding.


                                                                  after

this photo is the closest to the actual color.  i chose to embrace the imperfection and not to try to over stain or hide the damage.  i also decided not to over police the copper handles.  i like how a little patina looks. after all, this piece is 100 years old and we are proud of that!  side not- they even painted over that adorable copper lock!

before


                                                                                after  


 i started to move in. its so nice to have a piece big enough for my chunky jewelry.


after



1 comment:

islabell said...

I love this! The handles are amazing and that little door draw at the bottom is perfect.
Good job on stripping that paint!

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