Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hoosier cabinet refurbish

I usually don't post furniture stuff but wanted to post this since it was my project for a couple of days since my neck surgery. This was pretty non-strenuous and doesn't take much time. 
The bottom is the original green with the white knobs. The cabinets were weathered so I was either going to cut them out and keep the frame and add chicken wire but let's be real. I have kids and I'm sure seeing through the chicken wire would be a no go considering how I clean up after people all day. 

I love chalk paint and this time I used a cheaper version that I purchased from Michael's. I also used their light wax and dark which was liquid form. With Annie Sloan I use a paste. 
Here's the paint. 

So I painted over a table in my half bath and really liked it so I decided to go for it on the Hoosier cabinet. 

This is an old sewing table with the singer still in it. You can get these at the thrift store for a dime a dozen! The pic really doesn't do it justice. 

So I removed the hardware from the cabinet, painted one coat of blue. Used packages of old papers I bought and placed them to cover each door using Modge podge. Then, I went over the papers with triple thick. 
People usually aren't familiar anymore with the Hoosier cabinet but they were used in the late 1800s and into the turn of the century until they started building cabinets in homes. They had all their cooking supplies here and etc. They had a flower sifter built in and a lot of times mason jars. So instead of copying someone on Pinterest I want a piece unique to my taste and one that will go with everything. I have another piece I did like it and it's a big conversation piece when I have guests. 

Next, I added one more coat of the blue. Chalk paint dries so fast and that's the main reason I love it. After that I added the white (clear) cream wax as shown above. You let it dry and you can buff it with a cloth as long as it is one that isn't going to leave debri behind. I just wiped mine off a tad. Then, I used the dark wax which again was a liquid wax from Michael's. I painted it on with a paint brush which leaves the stroke marks. I always paint with foam brushes when I do furniture. It's not messy and it saves on paint. I let the dark wax dry and added new hardware. The drawer knobs at the bottom were $3.99 each but half off at hobby lobby. The top ones I gave a box of. So, on this piece I used a 60 grit piece of sandpaper to distress it. It just takes less time which I'm all about. 
Here is more detail on the old scraps. 

And the knobs from hobby lobby.  
I need to tell anyone and everyone always always wax with a clear wax before you do dark over it. If not, you may mess up and have to repaint the thing. 
So here it is in the kitchen. I was afraid it would be to big but it goes great. I'm going to add a few more touches to it and I'm done. 

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