You won’t believe me when I tell you that this antique cabinet was once destined for the trash compactor at our county transfer station, but she sure was!
Thankfully, one of my favorite farmers rescued the poor lass and put her aside for me. He knows me too well! When he called me and told me he had some furniture I needed to come check out, I knew it had to be good but I had no idea how good. I hardly ever find beautiful solid wood pieces like this in my home state. Utah is full of thrifty folk who hold on to their antiques for a lifetime so to find this antique at the transfer station is a rare thing indeed!
My buddy helped me load her in the back of the burb then I drove off like I stole something!
Won’t lie, this girl needed some serious repair. There was a door completely ripped of it’s hinges, broken decorative appliques, nasty scratches, and the top was a mess. She was filthy dirty too. I gave the whole piece a good vacuuming, scrubbed her down, filled holes, glued, glued, and glued some more, and then sanded.
At first I thought I was going to forgo paint and just stain only. Maybe it’s because I grew up a floor installer’s daughter but I get giddy over a piece of gorgeous wood furniture. I coated the whole cabinet in walnut gel stain and thought I was going to stop there, but when I got her upstairs she just felt way too heavy and dark. Since this piece is for me, I decided to try something a little different. After giving the whole piece a coat of spray shellac, I lightly hit her with Winter White Glaze, wiping it back off as quickly as I put it on. Wiping the glaze off immediately kept the glazing nice and thin. The white softly filled in the nooks and crannies, accenting the gorgeous details of the antique cabinet. Heart eyes, y’all!
I have never used this glaze before but I have fallen in love! It was super easy to work with and is the perfect shade of white. Plus, a little went a loooooong way which makes my budget and hubby happy. I’m really interested in trying out this glaze over a lighter stain. Guessing that the combination of lighter wood and the white glaze would easily create the washed out beachy look that is all the rage right now. I’d love to wipe it over a fun paint color also. Wouldn’t pink or mint with a coat of white glaze be darling on a girly twin bed?
So many ideas, so little time… yeah yeah, so little money too but we deal, right?
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- General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain
- Spray Shellac
- General Finishes Winter White Glaze
- General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin
- Milk Glass knobs from D.Lawless Hardware.
Winter White Antique Cabinet
My pretty little transfer station survivor is now happily living in my hall, filled with my favorite hand-me-down quilts and linens.
Proof that one man’s trash is a handy girl’s treasure!