Wednesday, July 6, 2011

huge once-modern cabinet

I hope you all had a fabulous 4th of July… I know we sure did!  I, for one, can always use a reminder to be grateful for this wonderful country we live in and the 4th does that for me every year.  

So a client of mine brought me this cabinet for a makeover.  She wanted it to look like an antique.  Although this is a cool piece, it certainly doesn't say 'antique'.  So I had my work cut our for me.  

The first part was easy.  The delivery guy was getting it off the truck and accidentally put his knee through the right side glass panel (thankfully, he was wearing jeans and wasn't hurt.)  That made the first decision easy ~ good-bye glass.

Just to give you an idea, here is the glass we cleaned up AFTER we had picked up all of the big pieces.  It was awful.

I primed the cabinet & painted it in color matched heirloom white (behr ultra paint/primer).  I painted the inside with a krylon spray paint that I had sitting around (let me know if you want the color, I'm sure I can find it).  I let the blue spray paint get on the doors a bit, so it would show through when I distressed.

Then I went to town with the cabinet scrapers & the sandpaper.  I finished with a dark wax, and added painted chicken wire for the panels on the doors.

These pictures really don't do it justice.  I had to take them quickly, as this piece never made it out of my garage for a proper photo shoot.


(Before chicken wire was added)...

Final product:

I am very tickled about it ~ my neighbor sealed the deal for me when she popped over & asked me what era the cabinet was from… Uhm, 2011??  This piece has 3 interior shelves but I didn't have the pins to hold them into place for pictures, so you'll just have to imagine it :)

thanks for stopping by!

linking to these great parties:
Restore Interiors Restored It Wednesday
Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday
My repurposed Life's Catch as Catch Can
Primitive & Proper's Piece of Work Wednesdays
DIY by Design's Swing into Spring


  1. that looks amazing! and i LOVE the neighbor's comment- that is the best! it really does have the old worm look! what a compliment!

  2. That is very cool! It has a great vintage look now!

  3. great job! I can't imagine it looking any better.

  4. You did a great job. It truly looks like it's a 100 years old! Love it~ xo Diana

  5. Love the blue inside! Just makes it pop!

  6. That comment from your neighbor would leave me giggling for days! Great work--it really looks amazing.

  7. oh i love it. i dream of having a cabinet with chicken wire.
    nice job again kat.

  8. Very nice! Now you've got me thinking :)

  9. What a fabulous makeover, I love the look of chicken wire, glass is such a pain to clean. I'd be so happy if you could share this at my link party.
    Simply Creations Link Party

  10. fantabulous! Looks like an antique to me!

  11. Thanks for sharing, it looks great. Aren't neighbors the best - well sometimes.

  12. So cute and freshened up with white! Nice job. Thank you for seeing "crisp and fresh" where others might see "dingy and dated...oh yeah and DARK"

    Visiting from MMS Linky Party today

    ~Suzanne in Illinois

  13. Wow! I was convinced by the photo- that it was actually *Old!
    You did a fantastic job-- the broken glass just made it easy, huh?
    I have a tough time with decisions-- that is half my battle!

    great job, over from Gails Catch as Catch Can...
    enjoyed it, Pat