Storage! I need storage in my new house, especially the kitchen. When we moved into our house in July I quickly realized I needed at least one more cabinet to store kitchen items in. I hunted around a few stores TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Christmas Tree Shops, Target, okay maybe more than a few stores. I wasn’t finding anything that would fit the bill either storage wise or wallet wise. So I headed down to the local thrift stores and lo and behold this beauty was waiting for me.
It has a couple of issues, no handles on the doors and the bottom corner was possibly chewed by an animal. But it was a perfect size and at 7 dollars it was a steal. It was even better when I went up to pay for it and the furniture was on sale that day, which means I ended up getting it for 4 dollars.
On further inspection when we got home, the cabinet has a stamp on the inside drawer. It was made in Monson, Maine by a now defunct furniture company called Moosehead. It also has the date it was made, 27 July 1988.
While the cabinet was awaiting my makeover we removed the carpet from the dining room and repainted. Now I know exactly where this is going.
Back to the cabinet, I started by taking off the top. It was easily removed and I filled all the screw holes with wood filler. I know some of you will probably be like my husband and say I should have left the top on but I like it so much better without it. I removed all the hardware and kept it to reuse. It was all in good shape so why not.
I built up the corner that had been chewed with a little wood filler also. It worked well, and unless someone knows where the corner is, it isn’t noticeable. Then I got down to work. Charcoal gray chalk paint by Rust-oleum was my choice for the paint and even though it doesn’t need to be sanded, I did it anyway.
This took me a long time to actually finish because we had quite a few days of high humidity that I couldn’t paint. Once I had the entire piece painted with the chalk paint I used a clear semi-gloss spray Polycrylic finish by Minwax to seal it. I sanded it in between the first and second coat of the finish and got a bit of distressing. It is subtle but really looks nice. It doesn’t show up in the photos at all.
Then I spray painted the old hardware with Rust-oleum metallic titanium silver. I also purchased handles and sprayed them to match.
This is my first big furniture project and I am thrilled with how it came out. I can’t wait to find more.
To keep the finish from getting ruined with spills, we put a piece of glass on top.
We are loving our new coffee station. I am glad I didn’t put the top back on. What do you think?
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