A Shabby Cabinet Restoration Project
(of sorts) When you see this cabinet before I painted it, you’re going to say “but Claire, you just changed the handles right?” Wrong! I stripped the paint, treated the wood and then repainted using chalk paint. I found this cabinet on gumtree, I contacted the seller to get the dimensions and had it picked up a day or two later! I fell in love. It was the perfect width for where I wanted it to go (in place of my Ikea Alex drawers), so I got to work and over the next few weeks I had stripped all the paint and treated the wood and handles, then I took my time painting with some Annie Sloan chalk paint. I had a few more things to do to the cabinet, mostly waiting for wax to dry, then at 5 am one morning (don’t ask me why) I was wide awake thinking “IT WONT FIT!” I must have been dreaming about the cabinet and replaying everything in my head (the mind is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?!) and I must have happened upon my memory of measuring it for paper trays. I had to get up and measure the space in the room, I was right. It was 2cm too big.
Later that morning, after I had gone back to sleep… I went and looked on the gumtree ad and I realised something… it was the wrong stinkin’ cabinet. Looks a little different in the ad huh? I was gutted it wouldn’t go where I wanted it too. I must have been in a haze when it arrived (you’ll see what I mean).
I didn’t think I was going to have to do much work to my gumtree cabinet but the paint had to come off, it was awful. The cabinet was also incredibly stinky..so off I went! I didn’t want to use harsh chemicals in fear of damaging the wood and the paint came off really easily with a dull blade in my little tool.
Once I had picked off the gloss paint, I realised that it wasn’t a randomly, texture wallpaper corner, like I had originally thought..but lovely carved flowers!
I really went to town, painting inside and out.
and the final result…. with a little more sanding to be done..
I was so pleased to have finished it and to have found these cool ‘castle key’ drawer pulls by Sass and Belle.
Now you’ll see what I mean about being in a haze when the cabinet arrived.
I remember thinking to myself.. “the cabinet in the photo didn’t have any sticky contact paper on the top.. hmm.. oh well!” I was too excited.
When you opened the drawers and cabinet doors, the gloss paint ran in drips down the side and backs of the wood. It was a shoddy paint job. I was kind of gutted it was going to have to require some restoration as I’m quite the lazy crafter.
It was gross.
This is the cabinet when it arrived. I know, you’re like… “meh, just the handles” but I see in the ‘after’ picture.. a lot of painstaking work!