I opted not to paint it after going back and forth about it in my head. I really just wanted to stain it and keep it classic. This is a piece I plan on keeping forever and I don't want to do anything "trendy" to it, plus I love the look of the wood. I feel like although it has been restored, it still has a vintage feel, complete with imperfections and patina on the hardware, etc. Painting it would have been pretty too, it just wasn't the look I was going for this time.
Ready to see it? Here she is:
I opted to fill the bottom row with jars since I am missing a drawer and two are broken.
Now let's take a walk down memory lane and look at some "Before" and "during the process" pics. I had never seen it all put together until after it was refinished. It arrived at our home in pieces, and since it was so heavy I opted to refinish it before putting it together. It's hard to tell in photos how yucky the finish was. It looked very "veneered" and was bubbly in some spots, and had a bit of an orange tint to it.
First I stripped the entire thing (here's how I did that) - and yes, this was a super tedious process considering all of the little drawers involved. Next, I rubbed it down with mineral oil to remove the residue. Then I sanded it, pre-conditioned it, stained it with Minwax Dark Walnut and coated it twice with polyurethane. The whole thing took me several weeks because I did it little by little, but the majority of the work took place over the past couple of weeks.
I am beyond happy to be finished with it, and I can't wait to store all of my craft and office supplies in it. It really is a beautiful piece of furniture, and I am still pinching myself at the thought of it being totally free. Thanks (times a million) to my wonderful grandparents for snatching it up for me! It will always be a very special piece.
I even had a few bits and pieces of hardware left over, which I displayed on our desk. (The desk is a recent Craigslist find - it's vintage Mid Century-style to go with our Madmen-esque theme happening in the office. I'll share more on that later.)
This was a labor of love, but I'm so glad it's finished! Have you refinished any furniture that you just couldn't bring yourself to cover up with paint? Do you have any pieces that have sentimental value to you, or a cool story behind it? I'd love to hear about it!
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